I love tattoos. I got my first tattoo shortly after I turned eighteen, and Ive since had it redesigned and re-inked, as well as added another, larger tattoo to my body. The only thing stopping me from getting a half-sleeve the next ink addition on my wish list is deciding exactly what design Id like.
Thats the thing about tattoos, as many a parent has lectured many a child: Theyre permanent, so youd better be absolutely sure youre not going to change your mind and hate the design a few years down the road. The Tattoo Sourcebook is well-designed to help. It contains an introductory Tattoo 101 educational segment for ink novices, along with more than 2,000 tattoo-friendly images for high-quality design reference, images created by over forty world-class flash artists. The Tattoo Sourcebook will be released this month, and the Denver Tattoo Convention: Museum of Skin is a celebration of both the book and tattooing in general.
The convention kicks off today at the Denver Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place; its the first official green tattoo convention, which means its taking an earth-friendly stance and making efforts to include post-consumer products, hybrid transportation, carbon offsetting and more. Highlights include talks by Lyle Tuttle (who has tattooed such legends as Janis Joplin and Cher) and Friday Jones (whos inked Angelina Jolie, among other celebrities), plus a live, multi-artist tattoo collaboration project. The convention runs through Sunday; if youre looking for some heat, dont miss tonights Hottest Inked Party & Contest at Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake Street. For information, call 303-774-0208 or visit www.denvertattooconvention.com.
Sept. 19-21, 2-10 p.m., 2008