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Topic: London Tattoo Convention '09
Posted By: Adam
Subject: London Tattoo Convention '09
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 11:11am


The London International Tattoo Convention will celebrate its fifth anniversary at the vast, vaulted Victorian Tobacco Dock building on September 25/26/27, the location of 2008's hugely successful, tumultuous event.

Established in 2005, The London International Tattoo Convention has attracted HUGE amounts of media coverage worldwide over the last four years and become THE Number One Alternative Event Of The Year in London, let alone one of the most crowded and important conventions in Europe.

Having outgrown its original Old Truman Brewery location after only three years, the London International Tattoo Convention moved to Tobacco Dock in 2008 to accommodate the ever increasing general public"s interest in body art.

Last year more than 20,000 people thronged this completely renovated hidden treasure of beautiful Victorian architecture at 50 Porters Walk, Wapping, London E1W 2SF, just a few minutes from Tower Bridge.

Built in 1812 to store and market tobacco imported from the East, Tobacco Dock last year proved the perfect new location for this vibrant and varied event, with acres of space for the hundreds of stalls, studios, exotic burlesque and esoteric dances, shows, exhibits and art events on site.

The ground floor of Tobacco Dock, where the main Tattoo Convention takes place, has a large purpose built bar and restaurant, a fully rigged concert stage, and a huge amount of segregated sterile spaces for over 190 of the world"s top tattoo artists to practise their art in public. For a full list of artists go to

The massive, spectacular underground vault floor, with extensive sprawling nooks and crannies, hosts a fetish market, a varied and vibrant alternative market place, coffee shops and other chill out zones with bars licensed until 1.00am. The "Vince Ray Rock"n"Roll Voodoo Crypt", hosted by the man himself, will once again have a nightclub vibe created by none other than Torture Garden, who provide numerous dark, alternative sideshows and entertainment.

The 2009 Convention will once again feature a host of diverse related attractions, including an Anthropological Exhibition (created by Lionel Titchener of the Oxford British Tattoo History Museum), an Art Fusion Camp plus various Art Exhibitions (1,000 Oriental Number 2), spectacular cabaret, celebrity book and calendar launches (Vikki Blows) live bands and much, much more.

The biggest show of all, however, will once again be that offered by the visitors themselves, who become the lead characters when they compete in the tattoo contests for different categories, such as Best Tribal, Best Backpiece, Best Black & Grey, Best Colours and Best of Show.

For more info check from which tickets are available, priced at £20 per day or £50 for a three day pass.


Tattoos have exploded from being a minority interest (mostly associated with sailors, soldiers and nobility), into the mainstream public"s consciousness in the last decade and It is only fitting that London should host the biggest International Tattoo Convention in the world, as it could be argued that modern western tattooing originated here. Captain James Cook, who discovered Tahiti and its tattooed inhabitants in 1769, coined the word "tattoo", inspired by the "Tat-Tat" sound of the hammer hitting the needle piercing the skin. He brought the heavily tattooed Prince Omai back to London, and sparked huge interest in body art, which had virtually disappeared in Europe after a papal bull banning it was issued in 787AD.

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Posted By: Jeeennnnniiiii
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 11:15am
oooooh i think i might just have to go to that!

well i might have somethin' to say about that, space man!

Posted By: grundstuck
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 11:25am
I would like to go there, don't know if i have the money though. I will see and let you know :)

Posted By: sapphirelazuli
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 11:55am
It was pretty good last year, although quite hard to find. Coulda signposted it better!

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Posted By: broken
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 3:24pm
Best convention in the world. Wouldn't miss it! I agree it's harder to get to than the old Brick Lane site, but it's a much better venue. Plus I won 3rd best of show with a Robert Hernandez masterpiece! lol

Posted By: TattooBox
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 3:54pm
I think I'll go to London convention this year.

Posted By: Jeeennnnniiiii
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 4:21pm
OMG Rouslan would you please?????

well i might have somethin' to say about that, space man!

Posted By: isellmisery
Date Posted: July/17/2009 at 9:49pm
Im tempted, depending on money issues because i think ill just have moved to manchester...

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Posted By: mrDahmer
Date Posted: July/18/2009 at 6:03am
I may well go. Shouldn't be an issue for to get there :)


Posted By: minky-me
Date Posted: July/27/2009 at 3:01pm
ooooh tempting, plus another excuse to go to London!!!! 

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Posted By: Dakota V
Date Posted: July/27/2009 at 5:12pm
i REALLY want to go. going to see what i can do, but money's quite an issue these days

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Posted By: Terri-Sian
Date Posted: July/27/2009 at 6:36pm
depends on money and leg issues!

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Posted By: LUCIFER!
Date Posted: July/27/2009 at 11:19pm
i wish i could go :(


Posted By: broken
Date Posted: September/20/2009 at 6:47am
Next week. Who's going? Getting tattooed?


Posted By: Jack Crrack
Date Posted: September/20/2009 at 8:30pm
I was going to go on the sunday, because I have gigs on the Friday and Saturday... And then *Shazam* I now have two gigs on Sunday now.

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