While some folks will be hitting up gallery spaces this weekend to check out artwork on walls, those at the Minneapolis Tattoo Arts Convention will be celebrating the type of art found on the human body. Over the next three days a variety of people, from the heavily painted to the un-inked and curious, will be invited to take in the spectacle. There will be artists from around the nation showcasing their work, scheduling appointments, and chatting with fans, including folks from Atomic Tattoo, Phoenix Tattoo, Anchors End Tattoo, and dozens more. Seminars include one on microdermal body mods and a talk with Philadelphia Eddie, titled "The Way Tattooing Used to Be." Taking the stage to entertain the masses will be local troupe Black Hearts Burlesque, fire eater Marlo Marquise, Misguided Youth Suspension (yes, the type that involves hooks in flesh), and Enigma and Serena Rose. Looking to show off your work? Daily tattoo contests include best sleeve, most unusual, best chest piece, and more. For more info, or to sign up for a talk, visit www.villainarts.com/home/minneapolis-2014.
Fri., Jan. 10, 2 p.m.-midnight; Sat., Jan. 11, 11-midnight; Sun., Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 2014