With more than 200 international and local artists exhibiting, Abandoned Art Wanneroo manager and apprentice tattooist Jess Pusey said the expo was a good way to showcase their work and see what other artists were doing.
‘We have great art here (at Abandoned Art) but it’s difficult to see what other studios are doing,’ she said.
She said the studio would have screens and albums showing the artists’ work and some of their apprentices would be creating designs for people to see.
‘It’s a good way to introduce them to the atmosphere and see how we do it and others do it,’ she said.
‘Even though they’re not tattooing, they can still showcase their artwork.’
She said it was also a good way to reduce the sometimes-negative stigma surrounding tattoos. ‘People are becoming not so closed-minded anymore and employers are starting to not care as much, as long as they’re not offensive,’ she said.
‘They are often curious and come into the studio where the noise can be confronting but at the expo, there’s lots of other things going on.’
The three-day expo will also include live music, tattoo contests, cabaret, acrobatics, performances from Sugar Blue Burlesque, a car and motorcycle display, vintage markets with more than 70 stalls and a bar area.
Ms Pusey said it was also good to have an family-friendly exhibition, including a ‘kids’ corner’ with face painting, airbrush tattoos and games.
– The Weekender has five double passes for Friday, September 6 to give away. Send your name, address and daytime phone number to Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo Giveaway, PO Box 885, Joondalup WA 6919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.