Hundreds of local ink enthusiasts put their tattoos to the test at the Ink Slingers Ball and Tattoo Expo over the weekend. The eighth annual event took over PT's ShowClub on May 18, 2013, as ink junkies competed for $2,000 grand prizes for the best sleeve, black-and-white, color and large tattoos. Photographer Ken Hamblin captured all the action: Continue reading for a few highlights, and visit our full Ink Slingers Ball & Tattoo Expo slide show for more photos.
See also: - Five reasons restaurant employees should be allowed to have tattoos and piercings - Tattoo Nation documents California's romance with ink - Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz on the oral history of the art form
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For more photos, visit our full Ink Slingers Ball slide show.