Hosted by Cape Electric Tattoo, a local parlour that has been operating since 2011 and which specialises in Western Traditional, portraiture, Japanese and Black and Grey tattoos, the event is open to enthusiasts of all styles and newcomers alike with 78 artists exhibiting their skills, merchandise related to tattoo culture for sale and information on safe tattoo practices for young and old.
Tattoo culture has grown exponentially not just in the Mother City but also across the rest of South Africa over the last few decades, bringing with it new lifestyles and artistry. Cape Town has been ranked number one, out of 100 cities globally, for its tattoo affordability and parlour availability.
The antiquated art form, in which the skin is punctured and indelibly marked, might be relatively new in modern times but has its origins in ancient rituals and tradition. It’s effectively been passed down through the ages from the likes of the Inca and Mayan tribes of South America, the Polynesian Maori warriors and even the Yakuza underworld of Japan. Tattoos have been used to symbolise faith, love, power, wealth, pop culture and self-expression.
The convention aims to educate visitors about how tattoo culture has impacted current generations from an anthropological perspective.
Those interested in getting inked are encouraged to get in contact with the artist directly before the event to start planning the work and book an appropriate session at the convention. Click here for more information. A good breakfast and shower before you arrive are highly recommended, as well as appropriate clothing for the area to be tattooed.
Tickets range from R180 for Friday’s pass to R580 for a VIP weekend pass (which includes a limited edition hand screen printed t-shirt and brass casted enamel pin). Under-5s are not allowed, due to health risks, but the event is otherwise family friendly.