10th International London Tattoo Convention

Extras - Issue 14

HeartbeatInk Tattoo Magazine was in London on the 26th, 27th and 28th of September at the spacious and beautiful Tobacco Dock – as usual -  for the famous London Tattoo Convention, now in its tenth year.

The venue may be the same each time, but the number of artists participating in the festival manages to increase every year – more than 350 this year – as well as the extra activities and the visitors.

The organizer and publisher of "Tattoo Life", Miki Vialetto, has raised the bar considerably and seems not to be relaxing, even though he has managed to establish this convention as the most successful and popular tattoo convention in Europe and of the most globally important ones. It’s not by chance that, for the first time in the festival’s history, living legend Ed Hardy was there. Ed Hardy also gave a speech the night before the opening of the convention, at a special event that took place at Somerset House gallery which hosted the exhibition "Time: Tattoo Art Today".

In celebration of its 10th edition, leading tattoo artists from around the world participated at the London Tattoo Convention. Among others, there was Filip Leu, Paul Booth, Jack Rudy, Mike the Athens, Xed Le Head, Thomas Hooper, Tin Tin, Shige, Ichibay, Horikitsune, Horikazu, Kazuyoshi, Jess Yen, Jondix, Carlos Torres, Xoil, Genziana, Shabine Gaffron, Nikko Hurtado, Duncan X, Freddy Corbin, Luke Atkinson, Bugs, Valerie Vargas, Nikole Lowe, Claudia De Sabe, Khan, Oliver Peck, Luke Wessman, Chuco Moreno, Ami James, Megan Massacre, Moni Marino, Robert Hernandez, Jeff Gogue, Boris, Nick Baxter Daniel Di Mattia, Victor Portugal, Genko, Tim Henrdicks, Mike Rubendall, Mikael De Poissy, Matt Black, Laura Satana, Miss Arianna, George Bone, Lal Hardy, Marco Galdo and the famous American pin-up star, Sabina Kelley. 

Just like every year, the festival also hosted Greek artists such as Mike the Athens, Kostas Tzikalagias, Alex Gotza and Sake. Panthenols Tattoo, a Greek company with tattoo aftercare products also participated.

Words & photos: Ino Mei.

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