Saturday, October 8, 2011

1. Tattoo Convention in Celje, Slovenia

Another thing I wanna show and tell you about before I sign off to deal with my toncilitis. Yesterday I visited the 1st Tattoo Convention here in Slovenia (Celje). You know I'm a huge tattoo and piercing fan and I just couldn't pass on this event. I felt like crap all day long and just when I thought it's all lost, I started feeling better. I took some pills, put my high heels on and I was on my way. Well, I know it's not the best idea to go on a public place when you're ill, but since I don't have anything that contageous, I just kept my mouth shut and hoped for the best. To be completely honest, I didn't expect so many people would get a tattoo there... but they did. More on that later.

First of all, this event is huge for me and it should be for the artists as well. It's the first of it's kind in our little country and I was sad to see so little tattooists there. In total there were about 20 little stands with artists (tattoo, piercing and classic art). I know there are a lot of people in Slovenia who do tattoos - where were you? I think you could take a day off and come to this event. I hope it will be better next year. If there will be a convention next year.
Not a lot of people here... maybe it was because of the €8.00 ticket to get in and not a whole lot to see.

As I mentioned before, a lot of people were getting their tattoos done at the convention. I won't deny it, it was interesting to watch the artists at work, but what about hygiene? I won't go too deep into it. To each his own. I know one thing for sure: I would not get a tattoo at a public place. I took some photos for your and my pleasure. They're not the best... The event was indoors and it was already dark when I came. Artificial light is all I could work with. Some of the people who were taking photos used flash, but I didn't want to bother the artists with it. High ISO FTW!

This guy was getting some sort of a tribal tattoo. I didn't ask him about it, because I had to keep my mouth shut, remember. =)

Dejan was my favorite artist at the convention. His work is simply amazing. Žiga (the guy getting a tattoo) has been sitting there for 5 hours before I took this photo. Kudos to both of them. And they both managed to share a smile as well. =) FYI: The upper part of the arm was also tattooed by Dejan.

Dejan working on Žiga's skull tattoo.

Someone was getting a portrait tattoo. I think it was a child's face, probably an offspring.

The next guy was getting a japanese inspired tattoo on his shoulder.

There was only one stand with a piercing artist. This is Matija and he's the one who made my first/navel piercing 8 years ago (I can't believe it's been so long). I was really very satisfied with his work and if you're from Slovenia and looking for someone to get a piercing from, this is the guy. The girl on the photo is getting a bridge piercing. P.S: Nevermind the girl in the back, showing off her heart covered tea bags. I really don't want Nihrida to become one of those sites. XD

Another portrait tatoo.

I don't know if this is the guy's special someone or just some fantasy girl. I should have asked, right?

This radio announcer got a back tattoo with notes and roses.

All in all, I was satisfied with the things I've seen, but I was also disappointed by the poor programme and small number of the artists who showed up. I don't like when other people watch me when I'm drawing and maybe that's why I didn't feel too comfortable hanging at the working tattooists' stands. It was a nice thing to see, but not really totally worth the €8.00. I could wait for another half an hour and watch some girl ''juggling'' with fire and spitting it up in the air, but I've had enough after merely 30 minutes. I wasn't in a circus type of mood anyway.

Tell me: what do you think of tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art? 

Thanks for looking and commenting!


  1. Za tale event mi je bilo žal, da ga bom zamudila, ampak če je bil tako ubog, sem si očitno zgolj prihranila vožnjo na drug konec SLO. Škoda, se strinjam s tabo, da bi lahko bil kickass event vse skupaj. Jaz obožujem piercinge in tattooje, čeprav so me piercingi že mičkeno minili, oz. vsaj toliko da si ne želim več novih lukenj. :D Tatu imam pa še vedno v načrtu in napikiranega umetnika, za katerega sem prepričana, da mi ga bo znal izrisati, tako da se bo kar treba spravit k stvari. :D Glede na to, da se mi ideja kuha v glavi že nekaj let, sem dokaj prepričana, da se ga ne bom naveličala.

  2. I've been to tattoo convention in Finland and it has been full everytime with artists. I don't know about hygiene but I know people that have gotten tattoos at convention and never having problems. They have sterilisers and all they need with them so I can't really see problem especially when in Finland there were fences to stop people going too close.
    I have two tattoos myself but I'm no fan of piercings :)

  3. jaz sem pa čisto nezabavna na tem področju... ne maram tattojev niti pirsingov...:) ... včasih sem imela uhan v popku, pa mi ni bilo vsec in sem ga odstranila..pač tista najstniška faza... Za tattoo pa ne vem če bi lahko imela eno stvar vedno na sebi....

  4. Cool convention! I've always been interested in piercing and tattoos, I had my navel pierced in 1994 (I was 19yrs old) and remember I had to go to Trieste (60km from where I lived) to find a tattoist that was a decent piercer, too. Then in 1996 I had my nose pierced (nothing major, but I did it during my first trip to London so for me it has a special meaning). Then tattoos, first one was a birthday present from my parents (my dad made drawing, so another "meaningful" thing for me), second and last tattoo done two years ago, a dragon on my ankle, after a really crappy period of my life. I don't think I would be comfortable doing anything during a convention, anyway (mostly because of shyness).

  5. Interesting post! The picture with the topless girl cracked me up :P (mostly the comment tho ;) I only have regular ear piercings and it will probably stay that way. I wanted to get a tattoo a couple of years ago but I never did. I think I realised I would feel weird having some foreign matter on my skin :P But as long as they look good I have no problems with them on other ppl :)

  6. Tista gospa, ki tetovira japonsko zadevo na roko je Tamy Tattoo iz Obale :D!

    Sem mislila, da bo vec za videt na konvenciji..

  7. oh, I love tattoos and piercings. =D I don't have any yet, but soon I'll get my tongue pierced, and then I'll move onto my belly button and maybe something more.
    I will wait a few more years to get my first tattoo though, I already have a drawing (for three years now) but I want to be completely sure since it's going to be on my skin forever.

  8. You made me laugh a lot when I read your comment about "tea bags". I never heard this expression before in English (in French we tend to call them wash gloves)
    I love averything tattoo and piercing related. I'd love to get some new tattoos but I have a lot of weight to lose, it's not a good idea right now.
    But I wouldn't get tattoed at a convention. First because of the hygiene, and also because I wouldn't like being watched by many people while the artist does his job ^^

  9. I absolutely LOVE tattoos and piercings. I have several piercings (including my septum) and three large tattoos (chest piece of comic book art, lotus flower on my back, and a phoenix that goes down my side from my ribs to my knee) and I plan on getting more. I feel like they are wonderful way to display artwork and meaningful moments in your life. ^_^

  10. I'm also a tattoo lover. I don't have any but I still can admire the art. I know the conventions are really big in the US. Loads of people come to them.


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