You know what they say about Lucky 13! The Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, presented by Black Claw, was better than ever in its’ 13th year on October 20-22 at the SFO Hyatt Regency, with the usual suspects behind the tattoo machines.

Some of the industry’s favorite artists were in attendance and there were also many legends, including Don Ed Hardy, Lyle Tuttle, Dave Gibson, Good Time Charlie Cartwright, Junii, and Bill Salmon. This gathering of the tattoo arts is unlike many in the United States, as it brings together a collective of artists whose names together make it worth a trip to the city of San Francisco.

Check out some pictures by Chelsea Tavis and don’t miss the full reportage with the text by Susana Andrea on next Tattoo Life issue!

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