Known as the “Super Bowl” of tattoo conventions, stated by renowned artist Carlos Torres who’s traveled the world for tattooing events for the last two decades and has been to this one seven times. (It is invite-only.) The London event is exactly that—the Super Bowl! Already in its 13th year, it prides itself on bringing the top talents from north, east, south and west of the map; joining artists for collaborative tattoos like Gakkin and Nissaco who worked on a torso piece, Ivana and Jessi Manchester on a client’s thigh.
It is a feast for the eyes when entering The International London Convention at the Tobacco Dock—both the epic physical space as well as the hundreds of tattooists who all deserve a mention in this article. But to name a few that were there: Nikko Hurtado, Victor Portugal, Denis Sivak, Aimee Cornwell, Niki Norberg, Grace Neutral, Jay Freestyle, Horikazu, Paul Talbot, Oliver Peck, and Ami James. And even tattooists who normally don’t do conventions (such as Lewisink and others), have been invited to come and enjoy the experience.
The event is highly organized by Miki Vialetto and his team from TattooLife magazine—to create the best experience for the spectators and artists—showing tattoo innovation, uniqueness, and a wide-diversity of art styles.