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International Tattoo And Art Expo


Wednesday September 07, 2011

Best Of Urban Street Culture On Show At International Tattoo And Art Expo

All that is hot and hip about urban street culture will be on show at New Zealand’s International Tattoo and Art Expo in February 2012, including the world’s best body painters, tattoo and graffiti artists, along with skateboarding and Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA) and Muay Thai, musicians and tattoo enthusiasts Tiki Taane and I am Giant, and a chance to see the international debut of the New Zealand Roller Derby team against Australia.

After the success of the 2011 Expo at Claudeland’s Event Centre in Hamilton, which was attended by thousands, 2012 is looking even more exciting. Tattoo artists from the USA, Norway, England, Russia, Japan, China, South Africa and Australia, as well as some of the best tattoo artists from New Zealand, will be exhibiting at the show and offering the chance for kiwis to be tattooed by some of the world’s most sought-after tattooists.

Expo-goers will also be able to see New Zealand-based world body painting champion Yolanda Bertram in action, when she paints her live subject into the background at the event - literally - by making them appear to be part of the wall behind them.

Another exciting feature of the weekend long Expo will be the Miss Tattoo NZ competition, which will be judged by award winning tattooist and personality Nadine Bryant and 2011’s Miss Tattoo NZ Jolene Tempest.

Event organiser of the International Tattoo and Art Expo Chris Preece said the Expo showcases some the best local and international tattoo talent, as well as bringing the exciting world of urban street culture under one roof.

“This is one of those rare chances for the public to experience some of the best tattooing talent there is, and see why urban street culture has taken the world by storm,” Mr Preece said. “Many of the exhibiting tattoo artists are booked out for months in advance internationally, so it’s also a golden opportunity to be tattooed by some of the best around.”


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