A New Tattoo and the Human Pin Cushion

July 12, 2011

Yes, you can experience both at the Tattoo & Macabre Expo this weekend at Fairplex. Our pal Nate tells us all about it:

Alright, here we go again! Tattoo Expo is back! As at past shows, there will be more than 300 tattoo and piercing artists from all over the world, more than 20 bands performing live, a beauty pageant (Body Art Expo style) and a contest (also Body Art Expo style). Same old thing different day, right? WRONG!

They’ve added a new element to the show this year and I can’t wait to check it out. I don’t exactly know how to pronounce it, but I think it rhymes with chupacabra, and just like the legendary cryptid it is gruesome, horrifying, ghastly and maybe even deadly! MACABRE! (Pronounced [muh-kah-bruh] – it’s French).

This year, for the first time at Fairplex, the Tattoo & Macabre Expo will be showing off awesome freak show performers like The Enigma, who has been featured on Ripley’s Believe it or Not! along side Serana Rose, and freak magician Dan Sperry who has been featured on America’s got Talent. And that’s just to name a few.

Every year I visit the Tattoo Expo and experience something different every time. But the one thing that never fails to impress me is the traditional Polynesian tattoo art and technique. They actually tattoo ink into someone’s body using a foot-long stick with a VERY sharp end, then that stick will get hit by another stick to make the punctures while assistants around the artist help by stretching the skin and cleaning the blood off the victim, oops I mean the client. Take a look:

I encourage anyone with enough courage to check out the show this weekend. There’s always amazing art and merchandise for sale; the show never fails to impress. drop me a comment on this blog, let me know what you think about the Tattoo & Macabre Expo.

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