Tattoo Festival Inks Hampton Roads This March

More than 250 tattoo artists from all over the country meet will up for a two-day fest in Hampton Roads, Va., March 7-9.

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More than 250 tattoo artists from all over the country meet will up for a two-day fest in Hampton Roads, Va., March 7-9.
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A big highlight of this year’s festival is the Miss Hampton Roads Pin-Up Girl Contest, taking place Saturday, March 8 ($500 cash for first place, trophies for second and third place). Contestants are encouraged to dress in pin-up inspired garb of the '50s, '60s and '70s.
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The festival will feature several new and returning contests and activities, including the Little Tikes Temporary Tattoo Contest and the Inaugural Pound of Flesh Contest. In addition to all of the scheduled activities and events, the Hampton Roads Tattoo Arts Festival is happy to welcome the return of Dr. Thaddeus P. Zanzibar’s Olde City Sideshow. Dr. Zanzibar’s Olde City Sideshow is a fully scalable immersion performance that encompasses the ‘Old City’ stylings of Vaudeville, Burlesque, and the historical sideshow acts mixed with Philadelphia’s counter-culture influences.
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You'll also find daily categorized tattoo contests, art vendors, tattoo supply vendors, pro wrestling, belly dance demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations. The Children’s Art Camp will offer kids an opportunity to make their own art and explore other creative activities. Fantomworks, a Norfolk-based garage with a reality TV program currently featured on Velocity by Discovery, will be on-site with many classic hot rods and vehicles.
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Tickets are $25 daily, $45 for a weekend pass (all three days) and $35 for a military weekend pass. Kids 12 and under are free.
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"This year, we have 260 tattoo artists and the size of each booth has doubled, providing more space for the artist to work," said festival organizer John Cann. "If you want to meet many great custom tattoo artists all under one roof, this is the festival to attend."
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During the event, interested attendees have the option of speaking with tattoo artists from across the country and having the work performed on-site at the convention center. The cost of each tattoo is in addition to the entrance fee and is negotiated between customer and artist. Please note that many artists book fast and the best way to secure a tattoo at the festival is to set appointments with artists before the event.
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Hours: Friday, March 7: noon-midnight; Saturday, March 8: 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, March 9: noon-8 p.m.
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The fest will welcome talented artists from across the country, and this year the event will double in size, taking up two exhibit halls.
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