Tattoo conventions are held around the world, and, as the tradition of decorating the skin sees a continued resurgence in popularity, conventions are becoming more and more popular. They”re places for artists and enthusiasts alike to check out new work and even get a souvenir tattoo. Most people with ink remain relatively tame. However, there are also people who love to go all out, and you can find lots of them at conventions.
Photographer Andy Lo Po attended the London Tattoo Convention this past September and photographed some of the people there. These tattoo-lovers feature work everywhere, even in the places that are still held by most people to be too extreme, such as on their hands, necks and faces. These people are serious about their tattoos, and while heavy tattooing obviously isn”t for everyone, it”s really impressive.
For one thing, considerable skill and training go into good tattoo work. Some artists train for years, on dummies or even fruit, before they”re trusted to touch a human canvas. For another, dedication is required in getting tattooed, as it”s a painful process.
Tattoos might not be your thing, but they”re a thing for plenty of other people. They take it seriously, so it”s important to respect peoples” choices.
Via My Modern Met|Andy Lo Po