The Bay Area Tattoo Convention is a unique event which figures large on the tattoo calendar stateside.
An annual event organized by Taki Kitamura and Roman Enriquez, it is all about tattoo lovers helping other tattoo lovers to create a sense of family, and the result of this community-building approach is a beautiful atmosphere for talented tattoo artists and avid collectors to enjoy.
For 15 years now the organisers have been focusing their exclusive attention on tattoos,
but there are plenty of other shows on the stage at the event, tattoo contests and concerts. At the same time, in halls around the location, tattoo artists are involved in conferences and seminars.
There is an exclusive public: all visitors are passionate about tattoo and the event is eagerly awaited from year to year, offering them an opportunity to admire so many talented artists in the flesh – but also to purchase gorgeous prints and, naturally, treat themselves to a tattoo of the highest level. We even saw people getting tattooed twice in the same day!
Tattoo artists themselves are great fans of this convention because the atmosphere is never hectic and gives them a chance to catch up with friends and colleagues and share some quality time together. Everyone who’s anyone in the Bay Area is there as well as famous artists from all over the United States.
Just like every other year, we took part in the event too. We leave you with a gallery of photos and invite you to read the full reportage in the next issue of Tattoo Life magazine!
Photos by Anna G. photography