Ok, there’s no question that body art and tattoos aren’t for everyone. But truly, look around. This phenomenon is no longer the exclusive domain of bikers. Just ask any college kid you know. If their parents aren’t around, many of them will probably have at least one “tat” to show you.
According to a 2008 Harris poll, 14% of the population has at least one tattoo. One-third (32%) of ages 25-29 and one-quarter (25%) of ages 30-39 have tattoos. Men (15%) are slightly more likely to have a tattoo than women (13% ). Compared to people without tattoos, participants in the poll think people with tattoos are less intelligent (27%) and more sexy (39%). If you’re interested in learning more about this phenom, check out Tattooblog, “Your gateway to the world of Tattoos and skin art.”
If you want to find out for yourself what atll the fuss is about or if you’re ready for your first or next tattoo, Fairplex is definitely the place. The annual Tattoo & Body Art Expo in Fairplex 4 is the largest tattoo expo in the world. About 10,000 people attend the three-day event that starts Friday, July 17 and ends Sunday, July 19 to see and be seen as well as get tats and various body piercings.
Joining the line-up this year, Mack 10, Warren G, and Tattoo from Power 106’s Big Boys Neighborhood will perform Friday and Saturday at the Expo.
There’s also a Miss Body Art Expo Beauty Pageant and a Best of The Day Tattoo Contest at the end of each day of the show.
Even if you’re not ready to embrace the tat culture, the people watching is worth the price of admission.
Have a tat? Want a tat? Leave a comment and let us know which side of the ink you fall on, so to speak.
Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19
Parking at Gate 9 on White Ave.
Admission $25; three-day pass $50
Fri. 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sun.11 a.m. – 8 p.m.