Over to Kat.
Conventions are great places to check out work of new tattoo artists and have the chance to speak to them in person.
This weekend, I was first in line to be tattooed by Hannya Jayne.
I first met Hannya at the Inked Palette exhibition last October. Nine months later and I now have an oak tree on my calf, drawn on freehand and tattooed by Hannya. She’s very talented.
I love my beautiful new tattoo. Meaning-wise, I got it for my other half because there’s an oak tree we used to visit when we were first dating, and last month we had our son’s naming ceremony at the same tree… basically, this symbol means a lot to me.
Not only do I collect art on my body, I collect it on paper too. I bagged some awesome prints created by Dale Sarok (Instagram @dsarok), Col Cooper (@tattooedbycolcooper), Kelly Ellis (@kellyellistattoos ) as well as an O’ Happy Dagger (@ohappydagger) t-shirt and lots of stickers!
Sadly I missed the palm reading as I couldn’t make it on Sunday, so that was a little disappointing. I made up for it with my new tattoo!
As I mentioned before, even if you’re not getting tattooed at the convention, use the day to explore new artists. I have found many artists I would like to work with in the future, all thanks to going to tattoo conventions. I take the opportunity to check out the portfolios of artists with styles that I think would go well my future tattoos ideas.
Even if (especially if!) this is your first tattoo, it really is worthwhile going to a convention to see what’s on offer, watch a tattoo being created, and talk to potential artists about your ideas. Cardiff is a great chance to do that.
With my new tattoo, fancy goodies and chatting with lots of friendly folk – it’s safe to say I had an awesome time at Cardiff Tattoo and Toy Convention 2016!