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Coverage of the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention

Updated on November 18, 2011
The Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention happens every September.
The Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention happens every September. | Source

Pictures from the Main Ballroom

Make plans to come see the next Annual North Carolina Tatttoo Convention

This year was the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention, hosted in Greensboro, NC by Little John's Tattoo. This was without a doubt the best tattoo convention I have ever been to. There was a super vibe in the air and everybody was friendly and having good time. Check out my coverage of the event below, including pictures and useful links to content on various tattoo artists, shops, and related subjects.

The Annual NC Tattoo Convention happens every year in September. If you are tattooed, an artist, a vendor, a collector, or curious make plans to come to the convention next year. It is a good time you won't want to miss.

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Otto Long with his daughter at the 17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention. Click the link below to see more about Otto and Creatures of the Night.
Otto Long with his daughter at the 17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention. Click the link below to see more about Otto and Creatures of the Night. | Source

Creatures of the Night

--Wood Carvings by Otto Long


See pictures of Otto Long and his artwork at the 17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention by clicking, here.


Read my interview with Otto Long on Yahoo! Network by clicking, here.

Many customers at Little John's Tattoo have waited for their first, or their next tattoo while sitting on this wooden bench handmade by Otto Long.
Many customers at Little John's Tattoo have waited for their first, or their next tattoo while sitting on this wooden bench handmade by Otto Long.
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Artists at Work

Bart Andrews of Bombs Away Tattoo, working on Robert Forsch. Bart earned three awards for new tattoos applied at the convention.
Bart Andrews of Bombs Away Tattoo, working on Robert Forsch. Bart earned three awards for new tattoos applied at the convention. | Source
Gabe Sandy of Little John's Tattoo, working on Robert Forsch.
Gabe Sandy of Little John's Tattoo, working on Robert Forsch. | Source
Art fusion display on Sunday at the convention.
Art fusion display on Sunday at the convention. | Source

Art Fusion -- Awesome Multi-Artist Collaborations

One of the more colorful events at the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention was the Art Fusion performances on Friday and Sunday. Little John's Tattoo hosted the event, gathering volunteer artists to create a series of artworks to be sold to raise money for charitable donations.

Four artists, using four easels, create pastel artwork by rotating through each station in five minute intervals. The resulting collaborations were silent auctioned, with the proceeds going to charity. Unfortunately, four volunteers could not be found to create art on Saturday. Saturday is the busiest day of the show, when most of the artists are tattooing, getting tattooed, or otherwise networking. Hopefully, next year there will be enough artists available for a Saturday session at next year's convention. The resulting artworks were beautiful, and I couldn't resist taking one home myself.


See pictures of the Art Fusion pieces, as well as the artists in action, here.

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Great Artists and Great Art

Johnny Awesome of Smoking Guns Tattoo works on a client.
Johnny Awesome of Smoking Guns Tattoo works on a client. | Source
Joey Vernon of FU's Custom Tattoo working at the convention.
Joey Vernon of FU's Custom Tattoo working at the convention. | Source

Captain Jim and Sea Shel at the Tattoo Convention

Captain Jim sports a real peg leg.
Captain Jim sports a real peg leg.
Visit Captain Jim's Website for more information on his many types of performances or to book him for events.
Visit Captain Jim's Website for more information on his many types of performances or to book him for events. | Source
Captain Jim discusses peg legs with sculpture artist Otto Long.
Captain Jim discusses peg legs with sculpture artist Otto Long.

The Magical Illusions of Captain Jim

One of the great acts that entertained attendees at the tattoo convention was Captain Jim and his lady companion Sea Shel. Captain Jim and Sea Shel entertained the many convention-goers on Friday and Saturday with a variety of close up performances. They engaged the crowd with jokes, performed close up illusions, sang sea shanties and limericks and made balloon art.

On Saturday Captain Jim and Sea Shel performed a full stage show of "freaky illusions". After their stage performance, Jim and Shel enjoyed close up entertainment and mingling with the crowd. Captain Jim is a true performer, and has varied shows for any type of gathering. Jim is available for hire for a variety of performance events.

According to Captain Jim's website, he performs live, every Monday night from 6 to 8 PM, at Ham's in Kernersville, NC.

Visit Captain Jim on the web, here, to find out more about his public speaking and performance services.


See a video greeting from Captain Jim, at the 17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention" (Link coming soon)

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Click link below to find more content by Joe Capristo on Yahoo Network. | Source

How are you gettng to the show?

There are always some good looking bikes at the Annual NC Tattoo Convention.
There are always some good looking bikes at the Annual NC Tattoo Convention.

You never know who'll show up.

A Darth Vader in full costume showed up on Saturday to walk through the main ballroom.
A Darth Vader in full costume showed up on Saturday to walk through the main ballroom.
No matter how we may look different as tattooed people, our children look the same.
No matter how we may look different as tattooed people, our children look the same. | Source

The NC Tattoo Convention is a Fine Time for Families

My wife and I debated about taking my young son to the Tattoo Convention. Is it a safe and appropriate environment? What age is too young to take a child?


I discovered the answers simply by looking around the convention floor. Click here, to see pictures of parents, children and families at the 17th Annual NC Tattoo Convention.


Right: Tattoo artists and tattooed people have families, too.

A Tribute to John D. Bury

Little John left a lasting legacy to North Carolina's tattoo community. Read about his work to advance the art, and see a tribute to the man,here.

Tattoo of the Day Contest Winners

See pictures of the contest winning tattoos from the convention weekend, here.

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Click here, to see awesome black & gray, and color tattoos from the convention.

COMING UP NEXT:

--Suspension displays by Holdfast (Pics & Video)


--The Tremors


--Art by Jack Jiang


--More pictures from the 17th Annual Convention Main Floor


So come back for more...

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