Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival Hits Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia March 2-4, 2012

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This March 2-4, check out the Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, this highly anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from as far away as California.

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This highly anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from as far away as California.

"Last year’s festival was a tremendous success,” said Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival organizer John Cann. “This year will be even bigger and better than last year, with awesome tattoo artists, a guest appearance by Ami James, and more."

This March 2-4, check out the Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Presented by Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine, this highly anticipated event will celebrate all aspects of the tattooing industry and welcome talented artists from as far away as California.

"Last year’s festival was a tremendous success,” said Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival organizer John Cann. “This year will be even bigger and better than last year, with awesome tattoo artists, a guest appearance by Ami James of NY Ink, performances by The Enigma, and some very special surprises.”

During the event, interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists from across the country and having the work performed on-site at the convention center. The cost of each tattoo is in addition to the entrance fee price and is negotiated between customer and artist. Please note that many artists book fast and the best way to secure a tattoo at the festival is to set appointments with artists before the event.

As stated, this year the Second Annual Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes Ami James of TLC’s NY Ink and Miami Ink fame. The Israeli-born tattoo artist is co-owner of the Miami Beach, Florida-based tattoo parlor Love Hate Tattoos and owner of the NY, New York- based tattoo parlor Wooster St. Social Club. He has appeared on both Miami Ink and New York Ink, two television programs featured on TLC. The second season on New York Ink will debut in December 2011.

In addition, the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival welcomes the return of The Enigma in “Show Devils.” A sideshow performer, actor, and musician, The Enigma was also a founder of the Jim Rose Circus, a sideshow act in the 1990s that toured with Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, and Lollapalooza, and was hailed as an “absolute must-see act” by Rolling Stone magazine. He has appeared in television programs such as The X-Files and to date has had more than 200 tattoo artists work on him (as many as 23 at one time). He is easily recognized by his blue puzzle-piece tattoos and horn implants.

Other highlights of this year’s festival include live music, fire spinners, pro wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts exhibits, tattoo contests, food, and more.

On November 18 and 19, to build momentum for the festival, festival producers with Folk City Tattoo and Twisted Ink magazine will attempt a world record for the longest tattoo session. Currently, Alessandro Bonacorsi of Italy is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for tattooing multiple people during a single session lasting 30 hours. The action will be held at Folk City Tattoo in Suffolk at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 19. Spectators are welcome and proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

“The purpose of the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival is to provide a festive environment for tattoo enthusiasts and entertainment for those just curious about tattoos,” said Cann. “We also use it as an opportunity to bring our colorful community together under one roof for a weekend of fun and camaraderie.”

Cost
$25 Daily
$45 Weekend Pass (includes all three days)
$35 Military Weekend Pass

Hours
Friday, March 2- Noon until 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 3- Noon until 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 4- Noon until 6:00 p.m.

All ages welcome. Some adult content.

MUST be at least 18 years old to get a tattoo

Hampton Roads Convention Center
1610 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA 23666

For more information on the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival, call
757/484-1319, email hrtattoofest(at)yahoo(dot)com, or check out http://www.hrtattoofest.com. A full schedule of events and activities will be released in January 2012.

Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.

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