Category Archives: Tattoo Events

Find Love at the Manchester Int’l Tattoo Show!

Just 3 weeks to go for The Manchester International Tattoo Show on August 4th & 5th!! I wish and dream for the tattoo fairy to magically make plane tickets appear!!  Just imagine all the interesting, hot, colourful, hot, guys and gals that will be trucking around here…If you go, send some photos to TattCafe so we can all drool with you! Kisses to all, KitsilanoKitty, TattCafe #1 member

Here’s a note from Shelley:

We’ve been busy contacting the best artists from around the world and are pulling out all the stops.

If you’re still deciding weather or not to come to this truly superlative event, perhaps you should take a look at the artists already confirmed to attend the show. There’s a massive wealth of talent already up there, but we’re still to announce some great additions!

Keep checking back: We’re sure you’ll come around.

See you there

Shelley Bond
Event Organiser

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‘Immersed in Ink’ Tattoo Convention Series

I wanna go!! Received this series from a David Justice of American Gypsy Tattoo.  Their fine troop of tattooers will be attending the convention in Waco TX.  Thanks for letting us know about these events.  Maybe you will find you true love!

KitsilanoKitty, Member #1, online dating for tattoo lovers


UPCOMING CONVENTIONS: Immersed In Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival will be making our next stop on the 2012 TOUR in Council Bluffs, IA on April 6-8, 2012 at the Harrah’s Casino Convention Center. The tattoo show will feature some of the hottest artists from all over the US.  Live tattooing, gut wrenching sideshows, contests, human suspension, insane body modification, burlesque show, extreme midget brawling and so much more!  Our entertainment line-up.


FIRST, is to LIKE our facebook page and post your tattoo ideas to enter for a chance to get picked on Friday, April 6th to win a free $300 tattoo done by the amazing Vinnie Hottdogg Romero and 2 free tickets to the show!  Get your friends to LIKE your post to increase your chances of winning!

SECONDLY, Be one of the first 100 people in line at the show on Friday and your name will be entered into a drawing for another FREE $300 TATTOO, done by Jose’ Gonzalez at the Austin Dermagraphix booth, sponsored by Austin Dermagraphix Tattoo Studio!  Drawing will be held at 3pm on Friday inside the show.  Get there early to make sure you get your chance to win!

Friday : 2pm-10pm
Saturday : 11:30am-11pm
Sunday : 12pm-8pm

$20 per day
$35 for a weekend pass
Kids under 12 get in FREE with paying adult.
CASH ONLY at the door.  There is an ATM on site, but we do recommend that you bring cash to avoid the transaction charges.
Click HERE to print a discount coupon for Friday admission.

Colt Brown will be holding an “Intro to Black & Grey Photo Realism” Seminar on Sunday at 1pm –  His seminar will take approximately 1.5 hours is FREE!  You can contact him at 513.739.6210 for more information or on facebook.

Brandon Davis will be holding a seminar on High Contrast Tattooing & Color Theory on Sunday at 2pm. It will include his theory on color and how to give a tattoo that POPS using high contrasting colors in the foreground, mid and background of a well balanced tattoo.  It will also include high contrast usage applied to black and grey tattoos.  A book will be given to each artist attending the seminar to be able to reference on future tattoos.  The seminar will be 1.5 hours followed by Q&A.  The seminar is a first come, first serve and will book up fast.  $160 per artist.  Contact Brandon at, on FaceBook or at 409-526-9091

APRIL 6-8, 2012
Harrah’s Casino – 1 Harrah’s Blvd, Council Bluffs, IA

HOST HOTEL: Harrah’s Casino *
ROOM RATE: $109 per night    Group Code: S04IMME | 712-329-6000 – BOOK ONLINE

JUNE 15-17, 2012
Harrah’s Casino – 228 Paydras St, New Orleans, LA

HOST HOTEL:  Harrah’s Casino
ROOM RATE: $139 per night Group Code: S06IMER | 504-533-6000
Book your room online.

JULY 20-22, 2012
Harrah’s Casino – 151 N Joliet St – Joliet, IL

HOST HOTEL:  Harrah’s Casino
ROOM RATE: $139 per night Group Code: Immersed In Ink | 815-740-7800

AUGUST 3-5, 2012

GROUP CODE: Immersed In Ink |

AUGUST 3-10, 2012
Sturgis Thunder Dome – Across the street from The Full Throttle Saloon.



HOST HOTEL: Black Hills State Dorms – BLOCK C ($75 per night)
ROOM RATE: $670 for whole show duration | 605.642.6464

August 31-September 2, 2012
Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center * 6808 S. 107th East Ave, Tulsa OK 74133
ROOM RATE: $89 | 800-264-0165
GROUP CODE: Immersed In Ink
Discount Cut off date: August 16, 2012
FEBRUARY 8-10, 2013
Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave * Waco, TX 76701
McLennan Hall
Host Hotel: Clarion Hotel – 801 S 4th St

ROOM RATE: $89 | 254.757.2000 and tell them you are with the group “Immersed In Ink”.

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TattCafe Announces “The Future of the Past” and the Re-birth of Iconic SMASH Gallery of Modern Art in Vancouver BC

12 Midnite, SMASH Gallery of Modern Art and the gallery’s ‘Prince of Lowbrow12 Midnite are teaming up to promote the re-birth of the iconic SMASH Gallery of Modern Art.

After 20 years of pumping the Vancouver art scene, veteran ‘Prince of LowBrow’ 12 Midnite and his partner Jennifer Abrams proudly reawaken the legend that is SMASH Gallery of Modern Art.

It is no secret that the founders of alternative online dating site are in love with tattoos and the culture that embraces flesh marking. So it is a natural extension of their interest in ink to embrace those who live and survive within this worldwide community.

Co-founder of Tattcafe, Helen Siwak, had her first big city gallery show at the SMASH over twenty years ago.  It was a shock to the small town girl to show in gallery on the decidedly ‘wrong side of the tracks‘ where the patrons were edgy, flamboyant and flaunted their counterculture.  Regrettably the gallery closed its doors at the end of that exhibition.

In the twenty some years that have past since the SMASH’s reign, 12 Midnite has been the owner operator of several seminal Vancouver galleries beginning with the SMASH Gallery of Modern Art, The Big red dot, new tiny, lucky red and the Lowbrow Garage.

Fast forward to 2012 and 12 Midnite has an updated vision for SMASH to explore. Having held a fascination with the mythical dichotomy that exists between so-called high and low art has driven him to constantly blend techniques and approaches. An admiration for psychological advertising techniques and the rebellion against them has led him to the street and alleyways as an illegal street artist promoting a political bent toward pro-human and anti-establishment symbols of personal and societal resistance.

“SMASH is a place where artist and their public can meet on common ground, without the trappings of government funding or the smoke and mirrors environments of traditional commercial galleries.” expounds gallery owner 12 Midnite.

12 Midnite‘s imagery has appeared in many mediums: Neon, paintings, and custom cars have appeared in film productions, music videos, TV shows and commercials. Clients include Warner Brothers and the Grand Ole Opry. His art has adorned clothing, lighters, hats, stickers, even billboards, not to mention how many tattoos out there incorporate his images. 12 Midnite’s work can be found in commercial and private collections all over Canada, the US and Britain. is proud to announce the return of the SMASH Gallery of Modern Art and 12 Midnite’s premier exhibition “The Future of the Past”.  A fitting title for the first show in a gallery destined to influence a new generation of Vancouver art stars.

Located at 580 Clark Drive in Vancouver, BC, the new SMASH is 1500 square feet of pure art bliss offering gallery space, design, custom neon and rentals.

Opening night is Friday, March 30th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

Artists who wish future consideration for hanging should contact 12 Midnite and Jennifer Abrams through the galleries website at

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TattCafe Hooks Up with Stray Dog Shelter in Troubled Greece

Kiki Karathanassi & KitsilanoKitty - Kitten Adoption Day

Kiki Karathanassi & KitsilanoKitty - Kitten Adoption Day

Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) March 08, 2012

Online dating is one way to ‘hook-up’ but is offering their members a way to help a struggling shelter in Athens, Greece. Staff and members of TattCafe are encouraged to walk or pledge Team TattCafe in the Vancouver Sun Run 10K this April 2012.

There is a little less than 10 weeks left before the Vancouver Sun Run 10K and the founders of are training hard speed walking 3-5 km’s three times a week.

Admittedly “not a fit man”, Vladimiros (Vlassis) Xanthopoulos has two goals for the online tattooed dating site that he and Canadian wife Helen recently launched. First is to build Team TattCafe, a 10 person corporate team to enter the Sun Run, and second to rally TattCafe members, especially those with ties to Greece, to help a struggling animal rescue shelter in his old neighbourhood of Neas Filadelpheas in Athens, Greece.

The economic hardship in Greece has hit the Filozoikos Neas Filadelpheas (Friends of Animals NF) especially hard as they struggle with local government that is not friendly to strays, lack of funds for food/medicine and a seemingly neverending stream of dogs abandoned in the park adjacent to the shelter. While volunteering is up, adoption and donations are down and positive outlooks are hard to come by.

More and more particularly hard hit families are bringing their children to the daily dog-walking sessions as an alternative to after-school programs, tutoring or even television watching, as they cannot offer these activities to their children anymore. The shelter provides a safe, fun environment where the children can get away from the hardships they see around them even if only for a few hours each day.

Vlassis and Helen were personally involved with this registered charity for three years before moving to Vancouver, BC, and know firsthand the cultural and financial difficulties faced by any animal rescue groups in Greece. By putting together a tattooed team of westcoast dog lovers, this couple hope to not only bring together local tattooed singles to train, race and find love together but to help keep a shelter operating so the strays may one day find love with new parents.

The Mad Greek Restaurant in Richmond, BC has stepped up as the first Silver level sponsor and TattCafe is challenging other Greek restaurants around the world to pitch in and help the Greek strays.

If you would like more information, photos, join or help TattCafe in their run to support the Friends of Animals NF, please visit For businesses there are Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorship levels and for animal lovers donations are accepted through PayPal on their fundraising page.

Press Release link:

Proud to be involved,

KitsilanoKitty, TattCafe Member #1

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Westcoast Tattoo and Culture Show! Vancouver Ink Action!

Westcoast Tattoo & Culture Show

The Westcoast Tattoo and Culture Show is your opportunity to look into the world of tattooing and tattoo culture. Not only will you get to see the amazing artwork, culture and history behind tattooing, you’ll also get to meet the diverse personalities that drive the tattoo industry.

The Westcoast Tattoo and Culture Show gives you an opportunity to meet the Artists from in and around Vancouver as well as from around the world. Every artist has a unique take on every piece they do, so come to the show find that perfect artist for the perfect piece. We have gathered some of the world’s best artists under one roof, so please come out and support them and their artwork.

TattCafe will be including our cool postcards in the swag bags so check them out and slap them on the fridge or mail to one of our lovelorn tatted up friends as a subtle hint that there is help out there!

April 27-29, 2012 at the Red Robinson Theatre at the Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam, BC, Canada.



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My Big Fat Greek Marathon – Tattooed Lovers of Rescue Animals Needed Here!

Hello Everyone,

My wife and I are entering the Vancouver Sun Run 10K Marathon this year to aid the survival of the Friends of Animals Neas Filadelpheas in Athens, Greece for the strays, the volunteers, and mostly for the children.

We volunteered at the shelter for 3 years before moving to Canada. I assisted with the dog-walking and manual labour but my wife lived and breathed helping. She built them a website, put them on Facebook, started school programs, made radio commercials, wrote petitions and brochures, organized volunteers, events and protests and mostly fundraised like crazy.  She even has their logo tattooed on her arm!  How crazy is that!

Rescue Tattoo

I have been in Canada for almost two years now and one thing that I have learned about Canadians is that they have big hearts and are willing to help others besides themselves. Never have I seen to many charities being supported by everyday people. It is a real eye-opener!

We are already have two dogs and two cats that we brought from Greece with us and are Virtual Parents to two strays at the shelter but really it is not enough.

Greek Rescues L-R: Jickers Doophanopoulos, Snickers Snackers, DeeDee Ramone, Zoey Ramone (top)

Greek Rescues L-R: Jickers Doophanopoulos, Snickers Snackers, DeeDee Ramone, Zoey Ramone (top)

When I saw the advertisement for the Sun Run, I thought I may not be a fit man but I have Greek determination and will do this for the strays. My wife agreed and volunteered to build our team and to put this Cause in front of as many people as possible.

So as a new Canadian, I ask you to help make our Sun Run successful and donate here – even $5 will vaccinate 2 puppies in Greece!

TattCafe Member: saio13


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Blaze Schwaller @ Spirit Gallery Tattoo, CT – Call for Artists! July-Sept. 2012

Hi Everyone!  I am Blaze Schwaller, founder of the Spirit Gallery Tattoo, in New London, CT.  Our studio is holding it’s third annual Skin to Canvas gallery show this July 28th through September 29th, 2012. We are looking for tattoo artists and body mod professionals to hang paintings, sculptures and drawings that they make outside of the tattoo booth – showcasing that tattooist are artists and giving the public a taste of the beautiful and creative art being produced by the members of the tattoo industry.

The show will be heavily promoted through the radio, web and social media – each year the turn out is larger and larger!  Please contact me or Lari at Spirit Gallery Tattoo for more information and to be included in the press release as a participating artist! More information will be on our website starting in May as we begin putting together this diverse and exciting show.

I, myself, am a huge believer in the transformational quality of tattooing. I really love working with my clients to help them capture a moment on their skin.  The collaboration between the client and artist is very fulfilling for me.  It allows me to share my love for art with someone on a very personal and permanent level – I couldn’t ask for anything more awesome to spend my time doing!

My favorite tattoos to work on are of animals, portraits, flowers and other natural settings.  I love capturing the archetypal essence of an idea for someone and translating it into an image that is beautiful and serves its purpose.  Sure, not all tattoos have deep meaning – but they do capture some aspect of our souls, and I love looking for that connection and making it apparent on the skin.

I opened Spirit Gallery Tattoo in July of 2007. The Gallery combines my love of painting and illustration with the transformational power of tattoos. I am a painter as well as a tattoo artist, and have been working on a series of life-size portraits of friends and family for a gallery show here this October of 2012.

I love portraiture, nature and wildlife tattoos, and enjoy story-telling and fantasy art. When I am not at the tattoo studio or at home painting, you an usually find me at Southwick’s Zoo in MA, or hiking at local parks.  I continue to paint and study with artists who inspire me, and bring that inspiration into the tattoos I am honored to work on.

Blaze & Zephyr at WCCI’m also a huge fan of wildlife, and support the Wolf Conservation Center of NY ( as well as conservation groups such as the NRDC.  I held a charity show for them in 2010 to help raise funds for their educational and breeding programs reintroducing wolves to their natural environments.  As part of the fundraising process, I went out on a limb and requested donations from several celebrities, and the first one to respond was Donald Trump!  Inspired by his contribution, I painted “Trump Wolf”Atka (shown above) visited us twice for this show – once to model for the artists painting for the show, and again at the opening reception for an educational talk to the public, and of course to see his paintings!  🙂

Trump Wolf

TattCafe is proud to share this ‘Call for Artists‘ on behalf of Blaze Schwaller and Spirit Gallery Tattoo in New London, CT, USA. is an online dating site for tattooed people and those who love them. Visit our website at, bookmark or follow our  blog at here at, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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1st Annual American Pinup Burlesque Fest – Tampa, FL

The event will take place in Ybor at the historic Cuban Club March 23-25

in the Tampa Bay Area.

Tampa-based Pin Up America, Inc., the world leader in pin up, rockabilly and burlesque culture has announced an exciting event in the Tampa Bay area – the first annual American Pinup Burlesque Fest. This year’s main event, Party Like a Pinup, will benefit Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls and will feature celebrity,  Shorty Rossi from Animal Planet’s Pit Boss.

The American Pinup Burlesque Fest is sure to attract a crowd from across the world and will be packed with unique parties, events, workshops, vendors and networking opportunities. Weekend activities include pinup, burlesque, hair, make-up and photography workshops, unique vendors, live bands and special guest burlesque performances. There will also be a hot rod car show, motorcycle show and tattoo competition. Featured events include the Miss Pin Up America Pageant, the Burlesque America Competition and a Party Like a Pinup Event on Saturday night that benefits Pinups for Pitbulls, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about breed specific legislation and discriminatory laws.

This festival will not only connect an international community of amazing pinup, burlesque, and rockabilly artists and enthusiasts, it’ll also be tons of fun and will raise money for a fantastic cause! Advance tickets can be purchased now and range from $25 for a one-day festival pass to a $220 all-inclusive pass for workshops and special events.

According to the co-founder of Pin Up America, Inc., April Catalano, “We’re not joking when we say this is a very unique event. In fact, for anyone interested in winning a free weekend pass to Burlesque Fest, we’re offering a full weekend pass to the first participant to get our amazing Burlesque Fest logo tattooed on his or her body! Doug Hatter of Z-Edge Tattoos and Piercings will tattoo it for free!”

Following are the basics for the Tattoo Contest – for more details:

Category 1: Best “Color” Tattoo
Category 2: Best “Black & Gray” Tattoo
Category 3: Best “Fest” Tattoo

(best “fest” tattoo refers to pinup/burlesque/rockabilly/vintage car & bike)

Each winner will receive:
-Custom crafted plaque*
-Feature on the Pin Up America Show
-All 3 winners will be featured together in Pin Up America Magazine
-A copy of the newest issue of Pin Up America Magazine

Back piece

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3rd Intl Tattoo & Music Fest – Iasi, Romania

What a great poster for this Tattoo and Music Fest  in Iasi, Romania next month!

If you are looking for a paramour for 2012, checking out tattoo oriented events is a wise and enjoyable past-time.  Hundreds and hundreds of tattoo lovers and those who love them milling about showing off their ink.  What’s not to like?

As it say, the official website is: and you will find everything you need to know about what is happening with vendors, exhibitors, artists, and entry fees.

Keep me posted on your tattoo events and we will add them here and at in the members events section.

KitsilanoKitty, TattCafe Member #1

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Port Side Tattoo Collects Tons of Toys!

Stephanie Hutchings - Co-Owner Port Side

Big V and I stopped in at Port Side Tattoo (Vancouver, BC) mid-afternoon on Saturday to check out the Toys for Tatts event.  As you can see the hall is already lined with donations!  The waiting area was packed tight with some overflow outside smoking in the chill.  The shop air was filled with the buzzing of tattoo guns.  The artists had designed a series of small tattoos for keeners to choose from:

Flash for the Day

Fantastic event from concept to execution.  Kudo’s to everyone who came down and supporter the crew at Port Side Tattoo and a super big pat on the back for tireless Stephanie! (Hopefully she recovers soon to give us some details on how many tatt’s and toys were received during this tattoo marathon…)

Best wishes,

Kits Kitty on the Scene

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