Limerick Tattoo Convention 2018 to make its mark as top artists from around the world jet in

Limerick Tattoo Convention 2018

Limerick Tattoo Convention 2018 –  Some 100 artists, 1,500 attendees and 400 tattoos – just some of the numbers behind this year’s annual Limerick Tattoo Convention this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday March 24th/25th.

Pictured in Limerick prior to the event is Ryan Ashley Malarkey, winner of US reality TV show Ink Master.

Held for the first time last year, the gathering of some of the best-known tattooists in the world returns to the South Court Hotel on Saturday and Sunday and is expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

Adopting a ‘start as you mean to go on’ approach, the high standards last year drew the second largest attendance of the dozen or so tattoo conventions held in 2017. This year even greater efforts have been made by organisers Roy Keane, Sylwia Butkieicz and Thomas Skwara and they are expecting a crowd that could even be the biggest attendance ever at an Irish tattoo convention.

Roy Keane, owner of Soul Addiction Tattoo Studio on Roches Street, explained that the convention’s success has been down to targets set. “Limerick was probably the largest urban centre that didn’t have a convention in Ireland. We wanted to address that and bring back the best of what we had seen at conventions around the world but on a smaller level, of course. So, when we set about pulling the first convention together for last year, we really wanted to raise the bar as high as we could and make sure our event in Limerick would be different and, ultimately, better than any other convention here. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

Limerick Tattoo Convention 2018 to make its mark as top artists from around the world jet in

Some 100 artists, 1,500 attendees and 400 tattoos – just some of the numbers behind this year’s annual Limerick Tattoo Convention this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 24th/25th.

Held for the first time last year, the gathering of some of the best-known tattooists in the world returns to the South Court Hotel on Saturday and Sunday and is expected to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event.

Limerick Tattoo Convention 2018

Adopting a ‘start as you mean to go on’ approach, the high standards last year drew the second largest attendance of the dozen or so tattoo conventions held in 2017.  This year even greater efforts have been made by organisers Roy Keane, Sylwia Butkieicz and Thomas Skwara and they are expecting a crowd that could even be the biggest attendance ever at an Irish tattoo convention.

Roy Keane, owner of Soul Addiction Tattoo Studio on Roches Street, explained that the convention’s success has been down to targets set.  “Limerick was probably the largest urban centre that didn’t have a convention in Ireland. We wanted to address that and bring back the best of what we had seen at conventions around the world but on a smaller level, of course.  So, when we set about pulling the first convention together for last year, we really wanted to raise the bar as high as we could and make sure our event in Limerick would be different and, ultimately, better than any other convention here.

“We did so principally by bringing in some of the best-known artists in the world and it worked.  It’s like bringing in some of the biggest and best-known stars in sport.   When you do that, others follow to see them.  There’s no point doing the same thing as everywhere else so last year we brought in the highest caliber of artist at any Irish convention.”

This year’s event sees artists from 25 countries attending, among them some of the best-known tattooists in the world. These include Luke Sayer, winner of E4’s Tattoo Artist of the Year; Ryan Ashley Malarkey, winner of US reality TV show Ink Master, which comes with a first prize of $100,000’ and star of Paramount’s ‘Ink Master Angels’ TV series; and Teresa Sharpe, possibly the best known female tattooist on the planet.  Also attending will be Belfast based Chris Crooks, who specialises in Japanese style tattooing and has clients who jet in weekly for appointments from all over the world, while show host will be famous tattoo model and Sullen TV Presenter Bernadette Macias from LA.

“We have three of the top tattooists in the world at our event and the great thing about it is that it is not just for people with tattoos.  Last year a very large percentage of the attendance were people who were just curious about tattoos but not necessarily people who are going to get one.  We also have a lot going on in parallel with the event, including DJs, live bands, break-dancers, pole acrobats, magic-show and circus acts such as jugglers and hula hoop performers.  It’s very much a family affair.  In addition to all that there will be tattoo competitions throughout both days.”

The event, he said, is also good for business locally.  “We have a lot of people coming in from abroad, particularly the UK and mainland Europe, to get tattoos from some of the top artists in the world.  They wouldn’t have a hope of getting an appointment with these tattooists in the US or UK.

“It’s not just the attendance that enjoys it; the artists do too.  On Friday night, we go to the Medieval Banquet in Bunratty and it’s a great opportunity for them to get together and catch up.  Last year, one of the most famous artists in the world told me that they had never enjoyed a vibe like it.”

For more details please contact Roy Keane, owner of Soul Addiction Tattoo on 086 4568455.

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For a story on last year’s Limerick Tattoo Convention, go here.

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