Though it was a stormy-skied February weekend within the central shoreline of California, there was rapid heat as soon as getting into the Kaiser Permanente Area for the Santa Cruz Tattoo Expo. The surroundings was pleasantly inviting for everybody—the artists, distributors, spectators and press; a well-organized occasion by Tom Hernandez of Tattoo Tour and Basiks Shop.
Whereas tattoo conventions just like the Golden State and NY State have introduced large crowds with their headliners, the Santa Cruz venue was one to mark on the calendar and are available again once more for its great connection amongst people—tranquil to strategy the tattooists and their purchasers, in addition to strolling round with household and associates. It doesn’t finish in Santa Cruz, Tattoo Tour is making ready different occasions in Portland, Brooklyn (NY), and San Jose.
Above: One of many Cali-based tattooers on the Santa Cruz occasion.
The pleasant artist Amy Emerald Prindle and her consumer on the brink of begin a tattoo.
Nolan Hatton got here to impress by successful two awards: “Finest Medium Black and Gray” and “Finest Giant Black and Gray.”
The courteous Jonny Rocket (in motion) along with his fashionable Joker-like hairdo.
Brooklyn-native Tig Quest (aka The Unquestionable) was in style amongst spectators on the expo.
Becki Wilson is one a part of Hade Inquisition studio, the opposite half is Uriel Winfree who was additionally on the occasion.
A Yosemite impressed again piece by Andrew Hanson.
The opposite half of Hades Inquisition: tattooist Uriel Winfree.
Nonetheless within the outlining course of, a close-up Uriel Winfree’s portrait artwork.
Ryan (aka Bloodymoney Tattoos) got here with a aggressive mindset and received 1st place in class, “Finest Small Coloration.”
An in depth-knitted group supporting the sales space, “Mexicans from Hell.”
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