This weekend the Tri Cities will be home to the first annual Tattoo Convention at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick Washington. The convention will be a weekend event beginning Saturday, September 25, from 11:00am to 10:00pm and going through Sunday from 11:00am to 6:00pm. There will be many seminars, contests, vendors, and artists for you to enjoy and browse through. Vendors such as H2Ocean, 4 Horseman Productions/Pur Cirkus, OXYKing, Okygen Bar, Scentsy Wickless Candles, Photobooth, and others. There will be studios such as Birthmarx Tattoo, Monarch Tattoo and Body Piercing, Hoops Body Art, Notorious Ink and many more represented at the convention.
On Saturday and Sunday there will be contests taking place for a variety of different categories including sleeve, portrait, full back piece, oriental, small/large black and grey, traditional, small color and large color, and there will be a tattoo of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. Awards will be granted for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
The convention will feature two seminars; the first is a Blood Borne Pathogen Training for Tattoo Artists. This seminar will take place Friday, September 24, from 12:00-4:00pm and 4:30-8:30pm and then on Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00-5:00pm. The registration cost is $60 and can be paid on the morning of the class, make sure to arrive 10 minutes early. On Sunday there will be a seminar by Jarrett Spaeth on the Monarch Tattoo Theory, the cost is $100. Spaeth will be discussing how he approaches tattooing and black/grey and color tattooing, coil machines vs. swashdrives, needle making vs. pre-mades and different pigments.
Tickets for the convention are $10 per day or you can purchase a two day pass for $15 and are available at the Toyota Center Box Office and Ticket Master. For more information about the event visit the Three Rivers Convention’s website, send an email, or call 509.737.3705.