However, the city is also known for its trendy ways. Generally ahead of the game when it comes to fashion and the arts, the San Diego area is a hotspot for artists, actors, and musicians despite its laid back attitude. This creative culture is simply hard to escape when you’re in the area. That’s why San Diego is an obvious choice for the ultimate Tattoo Festival.
If you love tattoo trends, have a few tattoos of your own, or simply appreciate the artistry that goes into it, the San Diego Tattoo Invitational might be a good stop for you this summer. Drawing over 5,000 attendees and 150 tattoo artists from across the globe, this is one event you won’t want to miss!
So What is It?
Hosted by famed San Diego tattoo artist Bill Canales, the 2019 event will take place June 28-30 at the Concourse Golden Hall downtown. The event will showcase the work of some of the very best San Diego tattoo artists, and offer a one-of-a-kind experience for guests. The ultimate goal of the event is to unify the community and educate the general public about this eclectic San Diego subculture.
In addition to the educational component, this event offers an opportunity for some friendly competition! Guests will enjoy catwalk showcases for best leg, best sleeve, best portrait and best all over body tattoo to name a few. Entering the competition costs $10 and provides exposure for the San Diego tattoo artists while allowing the customers to showcase the art in a fun environment. Ticket holders have the chance to attend these showcases, participate in live demonstrations, and even get tattooed on the grounds! If you want to be an active participant, you can easily schedule your session with one of the attending artists on the event’s homepage.
The Schedule for the Weekend
The party starts at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 28, and continues through Sunday, June 30. The event will officially wrap up shop around 10:00 PM each evening. A ticket purchase gets you access through the full weekend so you’ll get a chance to see all of the San Diego tattoo artists on your list. Give yourself plenty of time to visit all the booths and view the competitive schedule on the event homepage before making your plans.
What Else To Expect
Regardless of whether you’re a tattoo enthusiast or just interested in learning a new side of things, this event is one for the books. There will be plenty of local food vendors, drink sponsors and other activities on the grounds to keep you entertained throughout the day. From Kings Head Tattoos to your other local favorites you can expect this event to draw the best of the best. Get your tickets today!