Philadelphia’s 19th Annual Tattoo Arts Convention took place last weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Local tattoo lovers had the chance to get inked by artists from as close as New York City and as far away as California and Amsterdam.
Although individuals’ motivations for getting tattoos varied, convention visitors were fond of beautiful flowers, symbols of cultural heritage, and reminders of departed family members. Also spotted: the face of notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar applied to a client’s forearm. Besides the inking, the convention featured seminars on tattoo safety and color realism, tattoo contests, and rows of vendors. Jewelry and original art pieces were on sale, as well as several oddities, including a taxidermized skunk.