Think Ink

I love tattoos. I got my first tattoo shortly after I turned eighteen, and I’ve 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 I’d like.

That’s the thing about tattoos, as many a parent has lectured many a child: They’re permanent, so you’d better be absolutely sure you’re 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; it’s the first official green tattoo convention, which means it’s 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 (who’s inked Angelina Jolie, among other celebrities), plus a live, multi-artist tattoo collaboration project. The convention runs through Sunday; if you’re looking for some heat, don’t miss tonight’s Hottest Inked Party & Contest at Beta Nightclub, 1909 Blake Street. For information, call 303-774-0208 or visit
Sept. 19-21, 2-10 p.m., 2008

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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