With 45 booths, renowned international artists and various art styles to choose from, India's first international tattoo convention is a must-attend for every tattoo freak
For the first time in India, music and tattoos will share a common platform on a large scale. Tattoo Republic is India's first international tattoo convention, which will be held during the three-day multi-genre music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender 2011.
John Lennon portrait by Darrin White
Organised by celebrity tattoo artist Sameer Patange of InkMyDink and event organisers, Only Much Louder (OML), it will be the first tattoo convention by an artist. With 45 booths, renowned international artists and various art styles to choose from, this is the perfect destination to connect and network with tattoo artists.
Jimi Hendrix portrait by Larry Brogan
The festival is not just for experts but amateurs and tattoo freaks as well. Among the many international artists who have been roped in for the festival, Spanish tattoo artist Sala specialises in Body Modification (think Swarovski tattoos embedded in your skin) and Khan from Japan is known for his extremely realistic tattoos (usually portraits). While Darrin White (USA) specialises in dark, horror, 'Painterly Style' of tattoos, Larry Brogan (USA) is an award-winning tattoo artist, who is revered for his impressive career path in the tattoo industry.
The convention will also see some of the best names in the Indian tattoo industry such as Lokesh (Devil'z Tattooz) from New Delhi, Vicky Malani (Body Canvas Tattoos and Piercings) from Mumbai, Pradeep Menon (Dark Arts Tattoo Studio) from Bangalore, Funky Monkey from Mumbai and Kevin Andrade (Shoryuken Tattoo) from Mumbai.
Music weds tattoos
Sameer Patange, the creative brain behind the convention, was part of the metal band D-flesh in the year 2001-2002. He feels that there is a strong connection between tattoos and musicans. "Every musician's tattoo has a story to tell. My first tattoo was influenced by Brazil heavy metal band Sepultura. The frontman has this huge tattoo of the letter 'S' on his bicep, which I created on my bicep too. Music plays a huge influence in tatoos. I believe it's an artist's love for music that is expressed through his tattoos," shares Sameer.
Sameer has done tattoos for many musicians including Vishal Dadlani, and bands like Bhayanak Maut and Bombay Bassment.
On November 19 and 20
Time 12 pm to 10 pm
Log on to www.tattoorepublic.in
Call 9820342044 / 9619238370
The workshops are priced at Rs 3,800 per seat per workshop. To register for these workshops, send an email to: email@example.com. The capacity for workshops is limited to 50 seats.
Highlights of the convention
Check out the international line-up including Sala, Darrin White and Larry Brogan, who will be conducting certified workshops on different subjects: Sala on Body Modification, White on Painterly Style of tattooing and Brogan on how to be a successful international tattoo artist.
Music chairs in the art world: Where one tattoo artist will move from one canvas to the next, improvising and infusing every installation with his/her style of art. These installations will be auctioned for charity at the end of the convention.
You can get a tattoo too! But, please do some research on what you want as there's no time and space for confusion!
Fun competitions will be conducted during the convention