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World’s Best Tattooists, Stunt Riders And Artists Lined Up


World’s Best Tattooists, Stunt Riders And Artists Lined Up For International Tattoo And Art Expo

January 14, 2013

Blood artists, Crusty Demons and body painters will join some of the world’s best tattoo artists at the International Tattoo and Arts Expo, in Hamilton next month.

Now in its third year the expo continues to outdo itself, this year featuring an even more impressive line-up of artists, musicians and stunt riders at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton on February 23-24.

Top of the must-see list for many will be Dr. Rev, a huge hit from the 2012 expo, and infamous for creating incredibly intricate artworks painted in his own blood. Dr. Rev will be joined by former Crusty Demons and Nitro Circus rider, Luke Smith, who made headlines around the world by recovering from a brain injury that left him in a life-threatening coma three years ago.

And to top off the two-wheeled action, New Zealand’s Jed Milton, the first man in the world to pull a triple backflip on his BMX, will be performing live demos.

LA Ink reality TV star and tattooist Amy Nicoletto will be on hand along with film crew, as will Kiwi world champion body painter Yolanda Bertram.

As well as tattoo artists from the USA, Norway, England, Japan, Finland, Spain, Canada, Borneo, Switzerland, China, South Africa and Australia, the very best New Zealand tattoo talent from around the country will also be present. Other attractions not to be missed this year include, a 12-man Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition, Miss Tattoo New Zealand, a Roller Derby match, a classic car contest, a skate competition and a trans-Tasman graffiti competition.

Event organiser Chris Preece says the weekend-long International Tattoo and Arts Expo is an opportunity not to be missed.

“It’s not often you can get up close and personal with the best local and international talent under one roof.

“A lot of the tattoo artists exhibiting are booked out for months in advance, so it’s an opportunity to get inked by some of the world’s best,” Chris says. But even if you’re not keen on permanent ink, he adds that the expo is an amazing place to get glimpse of all that is happening in street culture.

“It’s not just about the incredible tattoo art. We also have amazing street and surfboard artists, as well as some of the world’s hottest freestyle motocross and BMX stars, not to mention great live music all weekend.”

For a full list of artists and performers visit .

Funds raised via art auctions and collection boxes at the expo will go to the RNZSPCA.

Further information

The Expo will take place on: Saturday February 25, 11am - 10pm & Sunday February 26, 11am - 9pm Claudelands Event Centre Hamilton, New Zealand Tickets available at Visit the website at


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