Perth Tattoo Carnival – Ink on Show

Perth Tattoo Carnival – Ink on Show

The  Perth Tattoo Carnival swung into action with much fanfare on Friday 28 May, at the Perth Convention Centre. Organised by the Professional Tattooing Association of Australia (PTAA), the Carnival is Perth’s inaugural tattoo carnival.

I must admit to an intense fascination with tattoos and the men and women who wear ink in their skin. Once the province of people who inhabited the fringes of “polite society”, adorning oneself with skin art has long moved into the mainstream. A cursory look at the Carnival was testimony of this: there was certainly a variety of ink on display, from dudes and dudettes sporting a Celtic or Oriental motif on their arm or ankle, to tattoo veterans, male and female, with their entire bodies sheathed in skin art.

A short notice opportunity arose for me to shoot the Carnival for Tattoo Revival Magazine and new website, LoveInk, a site dedicated to female tattoo artists.

While the Carnival affords plenty of opportunity to view and document tattoo work occurring in a range of stalls by local and national artists, the highlight for me was the competition where men and women vied for prizes in a categories ranging from “Most Realistic Portrait” to “Full Body Tattoos”.

At the judging area, contestants proudly showed off their skin work to judges, before marching up on stage and posing down for the very appreciative audience.There were inks on young, svelte forms, on tough, toned bodies, on thick, heavyset physiques, and on wrinkled, gnarled skin. The breadth and variety of the tattooed knew no bounds, and truly reflects the extent to which this unique form of personal art has been embraced by Australian society.

Complimenting the contest was a makeshift studio manned by my mate, Bruce Jorgensen of Wild Child Studios in Bunbury, which gave competitiors the opportunity to be photographed in their inked glory.

Here are more pictures of the colours and characters of the Carnivaal!

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  • simone

    30/05/2010 at 8:35 pm

    hey all,
    day was awes 🙂 cant wait for the next!!!

  • France Lefort

    15/08/2010 at 10:58 pm

    My nephew just got a tattoo. It looked great and it had meaning for him. So it made sense. I took him out for a beer to celebrate. My niece went with us and she asked me what I thought about her getting a tattoo. I told her absolutely not. Any other male chauvanist pigs out there that think women are beautiful just they way they are.

  • Koi Fish Tattoos

    19/08/2010 at 4:32 am

    How much is too much tattooing. I used to drive a cab and tourists would comment on how nice people are and how many tats they had. I hadn’t thought about it until then but, Portlander’s do seem to get tats just to have them. I guess more ink = more better. Personally I don’t think should get a tattoo of a turtle just because they went to Cancun on vacation. I think the tat should have more meaning. It is, however, good for business. Anyone have a differing idea. I’d be glad to hear it.

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