Walking into a tattoo convention without being tattooed yourself is like going to a whiskey festival as a teetotaler. So the least I could do was go with the intent of getting inked. And as with a whiskey festival, you expect to see the cream of the crop on display. Less faded dolphins jumping over star signs, More full sleeve ‘body art’ of koi fish swimming around Mexican sugar skulls.
*All sketches © Hugh Upsher.