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Tattoo talent comes to Belfast's Titanic Centre

Heather McLean at the Titanic International Tattoo Convention Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly
Heather McLean at the Titanic International Tattoo Convention Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly
John Toner

By John Toner

Tattoo talent poured into Belfast on Saturday as body-ink artists and enthusiasts from across the globe descended on the Titanic Centre.

The sixth annual Belfast Tattoo Convention, which concludes on Sunday, has seen 85 artists from all over the world fly into Northern Ireland to showcase their work.

Artists from Scandinavia, eastern Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia have all been on display using both modern and ancient tattooing methods.

Belfast artist Sabra Carson, of A Sailors Grave tattoo parlour on Royal Avenue, told Sunday Life: “It’s such a good vibe and there has been some really good work going on, it’s been great.

Titanic International Tattoo Convention Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly
Titanic International Tattoo Convention Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly

“I’ve had plenty of people asking to get work done, I had a guy yesterday who wanted a pizza slice. It was extra cheesy and really fun to do. Later on I’m doing a bottle of Rockshore lager with with a lady coming out of it.

“I love the convention. I’m always buzzing when I’m here and it’s a great way to reach out to people and other artists too."

Scores of people have been inked across the three days with customers contacting artists directly via their social media profiles to book themselves in for a tatt at the show.

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Rich Harris and Ryan Smyth doing a three day back tattoo on Kyle Henderson at the Titanic International Tattoo Convention, Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly
Rich Harris and Ryan Smyth doing a three day back tattoo on Kyle Henderson at the Titanic International Tattoo Convention, Belfast. Credit: Colm O'Reilly

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