Tattoo artists, fans become ink masters at convention

Tattoo artists, fans become ink masters at convention

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Tattoo artists, fans become ink masters at convention

Predrawn tattoo designs and tattoo machine parts are displayed on a table Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention featured more than 150 tattoo shops from across the country.

Noah Hollis, owner of Noah’s Art Studio in Lake Panasoffkee, tattoos a giraffe onto Ann Ruby’s thigh Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. Hollis has been tattooing for more than 10 years.

Peter Lamos works on an Elvis Presley portrait Sunday for Stephanie Paeplow of St. Petersburg.

Predrawn tattoo designs and tattoo machine parts are displayed on a table Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. The convention featured more than 150 tattoo shops from across the country.

Noah Hollis, owner of Noah’s Art Studio in Lake Panasoffkee, tattoos a giraffe onto Ann Ruby’s thigh Sunday during the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention at the Tampa Convention Center. Hollis has been tattooing for more than 10 years.

Peter Lamos works on an Elvis Presley portrait Sunday for Stephanie Paeplow of St. Petersburg.

Stephanie Paeplow lay face-down on a board at the Tampa Convention Center as a portrait of Elvis Presley was being etched into the back of her leg. Related News/Archive

Paeplow, 30, of St. Petersburg decided to get the artwork done while visiting the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention in hopes of winning a tattoo of the day award.

This was her first time attending such a convention, she said, but she had no other plans for the day. "This is going to be an all-day thing," she said.Sunday marked the final day of the Tampa Tattoo Arts Convention, a weekend event for body art enthusiasts to get, give, grade and gab about tattoos. Local tattoo artists displayed their work or gave on-the-floor tattoos, alongside booths advertising everything from the medical marijuana amendment to the clothing-optional Caliente Resorts.A stage showed off endurance-testing sideshows, […]