We often hear that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Beauty comes in all form of sizes. There's beauty in the way we speak, the way we walk, our attire, and the accessories that adorn our bodies.
It can be a scarf, a beautiful dress, jewellery, or a form of body art which is crafted by inserting ink dyes and pigments into the dermis layers of the skin by fine needles. A body art called tattooing.
It can be a simple outline or an intricate design, that can take days or some are even months to complete.
Tattoos can be decorative, symbolic, or pictorial. Step back in time, 5000 years ago, where the body of an iceman was found in the Italian - Austrian border. His tattoos were on the key acupuncture spot, thus speculating, that it has been done as a form of pain relief.
Another earlier record dates back from 4000 to 3500 BC. It was found in carvings and on thighs and abdomen of Egyptian women mummies. Supposedly protecting them during their pregnancy and birth.
Over the last 100 years, tattoos are elementally associated with the undesirables. Donned by sailors and the criminals. In some countries, having a tattoo is still a taboo, and can mean, that a person has spent time in jail. By the end of the 20th century, this form of art has become accepted by different levels of society.
Getting a tattoo is a painful procedure and depending on the design and in most cases the experience of the tattooist, it can cost thousands of dollars
With so many tattoo parlours, how do we ensure that we have entrusted our body to the best tattooist there is? Perhaps you are a little cautious and prefer to see how it's done? After all, such beauty can turn into a regrettable unsightly mess. Here is your chance to do so.
From the 9th of March till the 11th of March, The Australian Tattoo Expo will showcase the best of the best in the tattoo industry.
It will be a display of creativities that's beyond comprehension, myriads of colours that we can only imagine, presented by internationally renowned artists from Australia and around the world.
Amongst the artists are the likes of Dylan Weber who specialises in black and white work, realism and portraiture and American James Strickland from Seven Tattoo Studio In L.A. James has exhibited his artistry at a very young age. Originally wanting to follow his Dad's chosen profession of welding, his Dad instead encouraged him to pursue his love of art.
At the age of 16, James made his first tattoo machine and was offered an apprenticeship. But once his age was revealed, he was told to come back once he's turned 18. Never one to give up, he continued to hone his craft He eventually found a mentor and success has since then followed his footsteps. Everyday life and black and grey realism allures James the most.
Mick Squires, specialises in realism. He is an integral part of the family of The Black Mark Tattoo studio, located in the Melbourne inner city suburb of Northcote, Australia. According to Inked Mag, Mick Squires is one of the best in the field. With an enviable portfolio, ranging from his imaginative portraiture to the animal kingdom, Mick can do it all.
The talents, creativity and arts that you will gaze upon on this event will be unforgettable.You will have a chance to meet the industry's most talented artists. Be awed by their techniques and perhaps be brave enough to be inked on the spot.
This much-awaited event will be held in the heart of Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour at the International Convention Centre. This event is classified as a family event, however, Australian law prohibits any minor from getting a tattoo. Tickets for those who are in between the age of 13-17 can be purchased at the door when accompanied by an adult.
So, dare to be different, break the mould, and do something extraordinary.