The Art of Ink



If you're itchin' for some ink let the pros have a stab at you at the Inked Hearts Expo at Blue Lake Casino from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 ($10 day pass, $30 all access for all four days). Tattoo artists, representing a diverse array of styles and backgrounds, come with guns blazin' from all over the country to participate. So roll up your sleeves (or touch up your sleeves) and get a little color this weekend. With vendors, art, clothing, Glamourpuss Pin-up Studio photo shoots, piercing, contests and entertainment, there's plenty to see and do.

Thursday is a day to get acquainted with the scene and sign up for tattoos (if spots are still available). On Friday, check out the Tatau demonstrations by A-Town Tattoo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Don't miss the talented and tatted women taking to the stage for the Miss Inked Hearts Contest on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a performance by the No.1 ranked street dancer in the world Marquese Scott (this dude is smoooth ) at 8 p.m. You can watch him pop, lock and roll again Saturday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. What would an ink expo be without a little friendly competition? See the best of the best compete in tattoo contests for best traditional, best portrait, best tribal, best black and white, best color and more. The throwdowns go down Friday at 9 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Expo hours are from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the expo or to buy tickets online, visit

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