For the primary time, the Park Metropolis Tattoo Conference is coming to city, so don’t be shocked by the inflow of full sleeves of tattoos or gauged ears this weekend.
The conference, hosted by the Layton-based tattoo store Fortunate Bamboo, will run from Friday by means of Sunday providing artist seminars, contests, tattoo celebrities, artwork exhibitions and, in fact, tattoo and piercing companies on website. As an avid conference attendee himself, Fortunate Bamboo proprietor Jared Preslar determined to create the conference, the one tattoo conference in Utah exterior of Salt Lake Metropolis, to supply one thing to tattoo fanatics and the tattoo artists themselves.
“There’s a lack of something like this in Utah,” Preslar mentioned, “There’s a conference in Salt Lake Metropolis, however it’s one I don’t attend, and I’ve attended many out of the state and a few out of nation.
“I had an enormous response with a whole lot of native, very respected retailers responding to be part of this occasion.”
The conference will host 40 distributors and 35 tattoo artists offering companies to attendees. Distributors had been invited to the conference utilizing a cautious vetting course of Preslar mentioned was vital to the texture of the occasion.
“We’re specializing in the artwork,” Preslar mentioned. “There’s solely a few conventions within the nation just like this one. Will probably be smaller than a whole lot of conventions, however we needed high quality over amount.”
Preslar has gone so far as London for conventions, a undeniable fact that made pulling in huge names for his first conference a lot simpler. The conference will function Jeff Gogue, a preferred artist often featured in commerce magazines who has bookings for appointments stretching as far out as two years, together with Nikko Hurtado, Keith Ciaramello and Sabina Kelley, a well known pin-up mannequin and actress within the tattoo world.
“I had this imaginative and prescient of this occurring and it slowly got here collectively,” Preslar mentioned. “I began approaching individuals individuals I met at these different conventions in previous years. I informed them about my imaginative and prescient and what I needed to do, and folks responded.”
Preslar mentioned he’s excited for what the weekend will carry, regardless of multiple bump within the highway. The Summit County Well being Division needed to create laws almost from scratch as a result of no tattoo retailers exist within the county, and Preslar has been in scorching competitors with the Salt Lake Metropolis tattoo conference for assist.
“This course of has had its irritating moments,” Preslar mentioned, “however I’m glad I did this.”
“From an artist’s standpoint, I am going to conventions to be part of an enormous group of like-minded individuals from the artwork world and the trade,” he added. “The artists coming wish to push themselves, to raised themselves and their artwork.”
The First Annual Park Metropolis Tattoo Conference is scheduled to be held at The Yarrow Lodge, 1800 Park Ave. Doorways open on Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets could be picked up on the conference for $30 for a day cross or $50 for a weekend cross. For extra info, go to http://www.parkcitytattooconvention.com.