Although I only have one tattoo, I very much like tattoo art. Now, just like a musician or an athlete, a photographer should take time out to practice and - very important - have some fun. Street photography is my first love so I headed out to the World's Fair Holiday Inn in downtown Knoxville to check out the annual tattoo convention.
Man, I saw some outstanding talent. There were especially a number of artists whose designs had such details and nuanced shading, they were simply exquisite.
I am always in admiration of those artists whose intensity and dedication shows when working.
I always stop by to see ma tendresse, April Berardi, and her man, Bryan Thomas. They and their colleagues have put a lo of hard work into making their tattoo and piercing salon, Born This Way Body Arts, a beautiful and safe environment to get some ink. Go check them out.
And does it hurt? Heh - ask her . . .
Enjoy my other photos - click through the gallery and consider heading down to get some ink (or make an appointment - many artists are already booked for the show, which lasts through August 17th).