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Brisbane Tattoo Expo
12 July - 14 July
After its successful debut in 2018, Australian Tattoo Expo will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, bringing together over 250 of the best tattoo artists in the country under one roof. Hosted by Melbourne based Australian Exhibition Group, the expo will kick off on Friday 12th-Sunday 14th July 2019, showcasing exceptional artwork from local and international artists travelling from all corners of the globe including New Zealand, South Africa, Nepal and Japan.
Guests will meet their favourite and new artists, watch them in action, get lost in an outstanding image gallery, explore popular trends and techniques and also make an appointment or get inked on the spot. Notable artists include Shaun Bones from televisions Bondi Ink, Nikita Morgan from South Africa, Kelvin Kok from Malaysia and local Brisbanites, Drea Darling and Mimsy Gleeson. A variety of genres will be on display during the expo including Realism, Watercolor, Tribal, New School, Neo-Traditional, Japanese and Blackwork ensuring there is something for everyone.
“We are thrilled to offer Queenslanders the opportunity to explore the world of body art again for the second year running,” said Kevin Mack, Director of Australian Exhibition Group. “The evolution of tattoos throughout history and how different genres have been created over time is so fascinating, so we wanted to combine everything anyone needs to know about the industry over three days. Australian Tattoo Expo provides an avenue for those who have tattoos or people considering to get one an opportunity to interact and explore with like-minded people and professionals they may not have the opportunity to meet in their daily lives. It’s also a great way for art lovers of any genre to see something different, open their minds and enjoy an exciting day out.”
In addition to all things tattoo, Australian Tattoo Expo is home to body piercing, tattoo related merchandise and thrilling sideshow entertainment including circus performers, aerial dancers, sword swallowing and fire eaters. Artists will also continue battling it out in Brisbane to be crowned the 2019 Australian Tattoo Series Champion with a grand prize of $10,000 awarded to the winner at the end. Furthermore, all eyes will be on the hilarious Sh!ttest Tattoo Competition where guests can win big prizes for offering themselves up for a comedic roast in front of expo goers.
Australia’s leading alcohol and food brands are sponsoring this year’s expo, including industry favourites like Sabre Gloves, Inkjecta, 3rd Chapter, Fusion Tattoo Ink.
The expo will open at 10 am each day with tickets ranging from as little as $10 – $70 for the three-day pass. Children are also welcome to visit the expo, encouraging budding artists to explore the tattoo genres with their parents. Those under 12 years old can attend for free.
Australian Tattoo Industry Statistics:
- 67,000 people visit tattoo industry events nationally every year.
- Australian tattooing industry has enjoyed 3.9 per cent average annual growth over the last half-decade and is now just shy of achieving revenues of $100 million a year.
- Australian consumers spend just shy of $100 Million on tattoos each year.
- 1 in 5 (19%) Australians has one or more tattoos. With females, it is almost in 1 and 4 (24%).
- Of those, 48% have one tattoo, 30% have two to three tattoos, and a further 15% have between four and nine, with another 7% having 10 or more tattoos.
- 72% of tattooed Australians most recent tattoo was a picture or symbol and for 1 in 5 (19%) it was a phrase or a word.
For more information or to purchase a ticket, please visit www.tattooexpo.com.au