Tattoo Festival leaves a permanent mark on attendees

Tattoo Festival leaves a permanent mark on attendees

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An attendee gets a tattoo done at the fifth annual Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival in Convention Hall in Asbury Park. <137>More than 150 tattoo artists tattooed on site during the weekend.<137>(Photo: Mike DeSocio/Staff Photographer )

ASBURY PARK – Lisa Brown lives in the Bronx, has a doctorate in biomedical sciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has multiple tattoos, most of them designed and inked by Louis Bengard and Korrie Brown, tattoo artists with Black Square Tattoo in Brooklyn.

“How many tattoos do I have? A lot, maybe 20, and I’ve had them done from all over the country,” she said, adding that one of her favorites is labeled “True Blue.” It is a scene of the Blue Ridge Mountains framed with pink dogwood flowers.

Brown was helping out at the Black Square booth, one of 150 tattoo booths at the fifth annual Visionary Tattoo Arts Festival held at Convention Hall Saturday. The festival continues from noon to 8 p.m. today.

While many visitors could be seen sporting tattoos on every visible skin surface, Charles Ignar of Sea Bright, who was waiting in line to enter the festival, said he has no tattoos and doesn’t plan to get any.

“I came more for the atmosphere and not a tattoo,” he said. “There are sideshows, a pin-up contest and burlesque shows today (Saturday) and music.”

Glenda Rojas of Newark said this is her first time at the festival.

“I’m excited to be here. I love tattoos and can’t wait to see how people are using them to express themselves,” said Rojas, who has several tattoos on her arms and legs.

She also expressed concern that people often get the wrong impression about people who have tattoos.“I work for a restaurant and they don’t discriminate based on whether an employee has a tattoo or not,” she said. Still, Rojas said, she doesn’t have any tattoos on her hands or face and can easily cover her arms and legs by wearing long sleeves or […]