X Art Tattoo Fest
Folks intimidated by tattoo expos at convention centers and other sprawling venues will want to check out this weekend's X Art Tattoo Fest, an event housed at the more intimate Ambient Gallerie. While the space will be smaller and more personable, the gathering won't be lacking in star talent. On hand will be heavy-hitter Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand, a tattoo pioneer (she's a trailblazer for women in the tattooing industry) who has worked alongside iconic artists including Ed Hardy, Sailor Jerry, and Jack Rudy. Meanwhile, modern tattoo artists Keef Cross and Infamous Tro will also be on hand, as well as folks from the local Defiant Tattoo & Caffeine Bar. Events kick off Friday with a VIP party where celebrants can check out art on display, meet with the visiting talents, and sip cocktails. Amy Robinson will produce a runway show, while music will be provided by Venus DeMars. For those who want to keep things rolling, an after-party at the Red Stag follows. On Saturday the festival really gets hopping with tattooing (reservations are required, of course), vendors, music, live graffiti, and food and drink. Shanghai Kate will also be giving a special talk on the history of tattoos, titled "From Voodoo to Vogue," from noon to 2 p.m. For more info, visit www.xarttattoofest.com. (Pictured: Infamous Tro)
Fri., Aug. 23, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 24, noon-midnight, 2013
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