This last weekend over 140 tattoo artists and other alternative artists came together at the Convention Center for the first annual Tattoo Masquerade, created by Vinyasa Productions and presented by the Denver Tattoo Collective. Everyone was showing off their existing ink and at almost every booth someone was getting a new tattoo, filling the ballroom with the collective hum of hundreds of tattoo guns. The atmosphere was an interesting mixture of freak show and art fair. There were tattoo artists from 25 states and the UK, but Colorado artists took the majority. Aside from the live–tattooing, there were also live painters, birds of prey displays, aerial dancing, stage performances and… snakes. This was definitely an event that should keep gaining steam in the years ahead, representing Denver as one of the most tattooed cities in America.
All photos by Kiddest Metaferia.
Fritz from Littleton tattooing a mandala.
Alternative Arts Tattoo Booth
Live tattooing by UK artist Bethanie Wilson.
Work in progress by Bethanie Wilson
The tattooed tattooing the tattooed.
Cassady Bell from Oregon live tattooing a large hip piece.
Having someone to distract you while getting inked is always a good idea
Live tattooing by Fallen Owl Tattoo’s Adam Rose
Attendees looking through design books
Judges inspect sleeve tattoos for one of the competitions
Another sleeve to judge for the competition
Showing off some ink
Booths were also selling prints and merchandise.
Workhouse Irons Tattoo Machines
Oddities, curios and antiques displayed by Learned Lemur Co.
An aerial dancer stretches before getting on the fabric
Two aerial dancers from Firebird Moving Arts LLC perform together on one fabric
A performer walks around with a snake.
The Enigma performing something “freaky.”
Carved skulls by Rachel Lee/Bone Cellar
Live painting at Threyda’s booth
Paintings lined the back wall