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Winnipeg hosting its first tattoo convention this weekend – Winnipeg Sun

Posted in Tattoo Designs on Aug 15, 2017

Winnipeg will be the place to get a tattoo this coming weekend.

The first ever Winnipeg Tattoo Convention will be playing host to more than 250 renowned tattoo artists from around the world, and it runs from Friday to Sunday at the Red River Exhibition Park.

Though the event is new to the city, it is nothing new for organizer Rich Handford, who has been to over 60 of these events worldwide.

Along the way, Ive collected tattoos from people whose work I admire, said Handford, owner of Kapala Tattoo on St. Annes Road. Ive always wanted to bring that experience to Manitoba.

Handford expects between 4,000 and 12,000 people to attend the event, and anticipates a mixed bag of people who are both looking for tattoos, and others who are there to observe and enjoy the live entertainment that comes with it. He says the event isnt just for avid tattoo collectors.

This can be for people with a casual interest, or for people wanting to try something new, Handford said.

The convention will also be raising funds for the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, who helped more than 95,000 Manitobans with peer support, education, and advocacy for mood disorders last year. Over 100 of the tattoo artists will donate their time to the Marked for Life booth. People wishing to participate must give a minimum donation of $100, but can choose from large selection of tattoo designs.

So many of us have been impacted one way or another through family or friends or personal experience with mental health, so were pretty proud of this initiative, Handford.

Advance tickets are still available at Kapala Tattoo. Tickets at the door are $25 for a day pass, and $60 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under are free.

jfriesen@postmedia.com

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