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Mass. Tattoo Convention draws colorful crowd to Worcester – Worcester Telegram

Posted in Tattoo Designs on Sep 03, 2017

Cyrus Moulton Telegram & Gazette Staff @MoultonCyrus

WORCESTER – Patrons at the DCU Center were wincing in pain, bandaged, and black and blue … and many other colors, Saturday as the Massachusetts Tattoo Convention came to town.

Tattoos are art and art is magic, said convention producer Natan Alexander, owner of Witch City Ink in Salem. Its really an arts festival more than anything else.

More than 60 tattoo shops from all over the country – many with multiple artists in tow – are converging on the DCU Center this weekend for the four-day Massachusetts Tattoo Convention. The event, which is in its second year in Worcester, is expected to attract a couple of thousand visitors who come to meet artists and perhaps set up an appointment for a tattoo.

But patrons, artists and Mr. Alexander emphasized that the event was about more than just getting ink.

Many of the patrons and artists interviewed discussed the intense relationship that can develop between tattoo artists and collectors, as Mr. Alexander called clients. After all, the artwork is often very symbolic and personal … and permanent.

For instance, Andrea Errara, 24, of Webster, was having daffodils tattooed on her right shoulder.

Its my birth-month flower – my mom buys them for me every year on my birthday, Ms. Errara explained.

Moreover, tattooing provides a source of income for artists who consider the skin just another medium. Like painters, each tattoo artist has their own style, favorite subjects and unique talents.

Im an illustrator, said Angel Santana, 42, an artist at The Tattoo Project on Highland Street. I can draw anything for the client if theyre thinking of something I try to get an idea of what is meaningful for them so I can make the tattoo personal.

That creates a sense of community, attendees and artists said.

I like that you get to talk to the artist, said Andrea DiGirolamo, 26, of Douglas, who was debating having her I-just-turned-18 tattoo, (a star) redone. Im really big on talking to the artist as a person and its nice meeting people from everywhere.

And as in any artist colony, a unique culture was on display at the show. Almost every, if not every, attendee had at least one visible tattoo. Some had the traditional single-color sailor tattoos on their biceps. Others had tattooed faces and heads. Many had colorful designs peeking out from under T-shirts and wrapping around limbs.

This is a way to build community where the emphasis is on creativity and originality and the importance of expression of individuality, said Mr. Alexander. I hope the city and greater community supports that because I see a lot of potential here.”

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