Texas Showdown Pageant set for Sept. 23-25
George Galindo, the proprietor, CEO and founding father of the Texas Showdown Pageant discusses the upcoming competition set for Sept. 23-25.
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- Tattoosday, a tattoo weblog, named the Texas Showdown Pageant one of many 5 finest tattoo conventions on this planet.
- Snopp Dogg will headline the seventh annual tattoo and music competition Sept. 23-25 on the El Paso County Coliseum.
- Rick Uribe, winner of “Pores and skin Wars,” may even be on the Showdown.
A small occasion created by a neighborhood tattoo artist has grown into what’s thought of one of many prime 5 tattoo occasions on this planet.
Tattoosday, a tattoo blog, named the Texas Showdown Pageant one of many 5 finest tattoo conventions on this planet.
“For the lifetime of me, I by no means thought that will be even doable,” stated George Galindo, the proprietor, CEO and founding father of the Texas Showdown Pageant. “The conventions which are abroad in London, in France, in Germany, these are large festivals and so they’ve been round rather a lot longer than the Showdown.”
The seventh annual Texas Showdown Pageant will likely be Sept. 23-25 on the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Drive.
The three-day competition will function tattoo artists and music from Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Home of Ache, Candlebox, Everlast, DJ Unknown, Child Frost and others.
Galindo is proud simply to be talked about with the Worldwide London Tattoo Conference; NY Empire State Tattoo Expo; Musink Tattoo Conference & Music Pageant in Costa Mesa, Calf.; and the Berlin Tattoo Conference.
“Once I received the information that the Showdown was a part of it, I believed we had been simply nominated for better of, not truly named one of many prime 5,” he stated from Home of Ache Tattoo at 1550 Hawkins Blvd. “I used to be very proud that we have now gotten to that stage. Simply to be seen is certainly thrilling.”
Galindo, who opened Home of Ache Tattoo in 1999, stated the point out on Tattoosday places El Paso on the nationwide stage in terms of tattoo and music festivals.
“As quickly because the announcement was made, we received some new followers from a number of the heavyweights within the business,” he stated. “It makes me really feel proud that El Paso continues to assist this occasion. We all the time say that El Paso is in the midst of nowhere within the desert, however when you may have a following in El Paso and within the business, it feels good.”
He stated the Texas Showdown Pageant began elevating eyebrows three years in the past when he began doing larger, higher and extra elaborate conventions.
“For those who’re not within the business, you would not perceive how large a few of these reveals on the market are,” he stated. “There are some reveals abroad which are fairly spectacular. There are some good ones within the U.S. as effectively which have been round for a very long time.”
Regardless of having stable musical lineups over time, Galindo stated the Showdown is firstly in regards to the tattoos and the artists who create them.
“We attempt to remain true to who we’re, a tattoo conference first,” he stated. “But it surely’s a balancing act. Being within the business, I can just about get whoever I need as a result of I do know these guys — we have labored collectively for 20 years. The tattooing facet is the best for me as a result of I am within the business versus reserving bands. I am an outsider attempting to guide bands for a tattoo conference, so it is a lot more durable to do this.”
Final 12 months, the headliners included NWA authentic member Ice Dice, Limp Bizkit and The Offspring.
“The previous three to 4 years, we have paid our dues and the music business has taken discover,” he stated. “I really feel rather a lot higher these days once I name an agent and so they know in regards to the Showdown. You must have the perfect of each worlds.”
El Paso tattoo artist Rick Uribe, who gained the Game Show Network’s “Skin Wars” in July, could have a sales space on the Showdown.
“I’ll have my very own sales space and a sales space with my tattoo store, Inklination,” he stated. “I am going to even be portray a dwell mural all weekend with my artwork collective referred to as Los Visionaries with 10 native artists.”
The Showdown will likely be Uribe’s first tattoo competition in america.
“The final one I did was in Brazil and that was fairly cool, so I am wanting ahead to this one in my hometown,” he stated.
Uribe is happy with how the business is respecting and accepting El Paso tattoo artists.
“It means the world to me that my hometown is lastly getting the popularity it deserves,” he stated. “I do know lots of different tattoo artists who will likely be coming down right here, so I am wanting ahead to seeing them once more.”
Victor R. Martinez could also be reached at 546-6128; [email protected]; @vrmart on Twitter.
Ink and beats
What: Texas Showdown Pageant. The seventh annual tattoo and music competition will function tattoo artists and music from Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Home of Ache, Candlebox, Everlast, DJ Unknown, Child Frost and others.
When: Gates open at midday Sept. 23-25.
The place: El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano Drive
How a lot: $40 a day or $75 for the three days. Tickets are accessible on the El Paso County Coliseum Field Workplace with no service charges or on-line at ticketmaster.com or on the gate the day of the present.