Be in the Know: Seattle Tattoo Expo 2012

Get tatted up at the Emerald City’s most respected body art exhibition.

Tattoo-loving Seattleites are invited to celebrate the art and culture of body ink at Seattle’s 11th Annual Tattoo Expo.  Whether you are heavily tattooed or new to the tattoo community, this is the place to get inked or satisfy any other tattoo-related needs.

The Seattle Tattoo Expo began as a way to expose tattoo artist talents and showcase existing tattoos.  This year, the event will feature hundreds of tattoo artists from around the Northwest, United States and even Denmark.  For a complete list of tattoo shops and other vendors, click here.

If you don’t want to get inked, there are plenty of other activities to do.  Browse the Vendor Village, enjoy a drink from the beer garden, relax in the J&J Cigar lounge or check out the Mainstage which will feature live music, sideshow acts and burlesque.

Engage in tattoo competitions, or watch others show off theirs in a range of contests that will occur throughout the weekend.  Five are held each day and range from the best portrait tattoo to the best job stopper.  Seminars are also held each day that will cover a wide array of topics.

Who: Everyone is invited to attend the events throughout the weekend.  You must be 18 or older to get a tattoo and 21 or older to buy the VIP admission pass.

When: Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12.  More details on program dates and times can be found online.

Where: The Seattle Tattoo Expo will take place at the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center.  (305 Harrison Street, Seattle)

How Much: Tickets are $15 per day for general admission or $70 for a VIP admission pass which includes a 3-Day Pass to the Expo, admission to the Neumos after show on Friday and a VIP Gift Bag.  Tickets can be bought online.  Price increases to $20 per day at the door.