For lovers of body art and getting inked, what's not to love about the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival at Melbourne's equally amazing and magnificent Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton. Held over three days from 26-28 April 2019 from 10am to 10pm Fri & Sat, and till 6pm Sun, get your tickets HERE (save $5 off your tickets by buying early) for an action-packed, massive weekend, with a focus on creative talent. Experience the unity of the tattoo industry and the public through a celebration of diversity, culture and body art.
Featuring over 350 of the best tattoo artists from Australia and around the globe, this is Australia's most prestigious tattoo event. There'll be huge giveaways and prizes across the whole weekend, along with retail vendors and amazing tattoo related gear. Hunger pangs? The iconic Rites of Passage Food Truck Park and much more, has it covered. Stay updated and interact via the Event Page discussion section.
The artist lineup covers all styles and designs. To secure a booking or request a quote, contact the tattoo artist directly, using the handy form on their profile page. Just click on the image. For quote enquiries, it's recommended to send the size, placement and image of the tattoo you would like completing. Remember to mention Rites of Passage when you get in touch.
Why not show off your ink on the big stage at the daily tattoo contests competition. It'll be shown up close on a giant TV screen for all to see. Please note there's a $10 registration fee per entry, to participate. All tattoos entered (apart from Best Sleeve) must be the work of an artist exhibiting at Rites of Passage. Tatts completed at the Fest (unhealed) are now eligible for ALL competitions. Check here for all terms and conditions.
You can still enter if you have tatts done by artists not exhibiting at the event. For a chance of winning an award for the tatts you've collected over the years, The Best Sleeve (leg or arm) category is the one for you. Entries are $10 and you can enter at the Information Office. Follow above link for categories and schedule for each day.
The art of tattooing is amazing. Even if you're not one for tatts, the body of work is an art gallery worth viewing. There are a range of artists that work traditional, black-and-grey, neo-traditional, dotwork-linework, realism, Japanese, blackwork, pop-culture, script, abstract, watercolour, tribal, cosmetic and uncategorised. With so much to see, you might just have to dive right into a 2 or 3 day pass to cover it all.