This is a shamefully overdue blog to tell you all about the 2017 Leeds International Tattoo Expo!
A couple of weeks ago I headed on up to lovely Yorkshire for the whole weekend with my pal tattooist Lady (Angharad) Chappelle to attend Leeds’ convention for the first time.
Angharad wasn’t tattooing but rather we were both booked in to get work from different artists on the Sunday and see what the two-day event had to offer.
“I’d hands down get tattooed by any single tattooer here this weekend,” I uttered out loud when we arrived and I was glancing at the artist list. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to judge work at a convention like Leeds where the standard of art is so high across the board.
I was lucky enough to get two tattoos by an artist I’ve been fan-girling about for a while now – Stockport-based Becci Boo. I took home one of her cute coastal scenes and a small playing card tattoo to represent my lucky number.
I watched Angharad get tattooed by talented watercolour-realism artist Charlotte Ross who was down from Glasgow to cover people’s bodies with her gorgeous floral pieces.
I was also joined by photographer Josh Foster who took some absolutely stunning shots of the day – these will follow in a separate blog and full interview with Josh who will talk about his own craft and how he uses an analogue camera to capture portraits of tattooed people in a striking way.
My full review of the convention and Josh’s full set of photos will appear in an upcoming issue of Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine.
In the meantime, this blog is accompanied by photos from the day stolen from the Leeds International Tattoo Expo Facebook page (picking just a small selection of favourite tattoos was an tough task).
Like all tattoo conventions the weekend went far too quickly – I blinked and it was over. Luckily, the stunning work created on bodies will live on much longer.