It’s hard to know which conventions are worth traveling to when you’re attempting to book your first round of convention visits. 

You can look online, you can search far and wide, but in the end, all you know is what you read online. Well, luckily we have an expert on our hands for this “Got Ink?” roundup in Corey Anderson, the sales and event manager for Lifestyle Brand InkAddict.

After traveling the country and visiting countless events and conventions, he was able to boil it down to his 5 favorite expos to add to your list.


The List

Motor City Tattoo Expo, Detroit MI

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128 Likes, 11 Comments - The Motor City Tattoo Expo (@motorcitytattooexpo) on Instagram: "Here's a sneak peek at the amazing poster art for the 1st Annual Summer Motor City Tattoo Expo done..."


Hell City Tattoo Festival, Columbus, OH

ONLY 4 DAYS until the Hell City Tattoo Festival ignites in downtown Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency April 28th-30th! The Monsters of Schlock will be performing LIVE on the HC MainStage Saturday night at 8:00pm! Hell City always has world record entertainment acts at the on HC MainStage! Canadian entertainers The Monsters of Schlock have sold out shows internationally as "The World's Most Extreme Two Man Circus Sideshow Comedy Magic Extravaganza"! They have performed in theaters, carnivals, festivals, night clubs and colleges worldwide. In the past year their madcap stunts have been broadcast on Canadian television to over 2 million viewers, to a million in the United States, and to over 8 million viewers in Europe and the United Kingdom. Showcased in the Ripley's: Believe It or Not compendium and with multiple Guinness World Records! Don't miss your chance to see The Monsters of Schlock perform for the Hell City Masses in 2017! @the_great_orbax @sweetpepperklopek @hell_city #hellcity #hellcity2017 #hellcitytattoofest #hell #festival #hellcitytattoofestival #artwork #tattoo #art #convention #liveart #artist #tattooartist #2017 #hc #tattoos #hellcityatthehyatt #4days #hellcitykillumbus #hellcitycolumbus #countdown #resurrection #mainstage #themonstersofschlock #thegreatorbax #sweetpepperklopek #circusshow #sideshow #guinnessworldrecord #carnival

88 Likes, 1 Comments - Hell City Tattoo Festival (@hell_city) on Instagram: "ONLY 4 DAYS until the Hell City Tattoo Festival ignites in downtown Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt..."


Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention (Villain Arts), Philadelphia, PA


Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention (Villian Arts), Baltimore, MD


No Limits International Tattoo Expo (United Ink), New York City, NY


The Favorite

Being from Detroit, MI, Anderson obviously digs the atmosphere of the hometown show. “Motor City is easily one of my favorites… I love to see how much love and support we have” from the locals. The Convention weekend itself is one big party, as it’s set up in the General Motors Renaissance Building, right on the riverfront of Detroit. There’s a swanky Mariott Hotel inside the building, as well as a few bars and food court so you can party it up all night without even leaving the building if you so choose.

The Convention King. M: @coreysadgk C: @inkaddictapparel

144 Likes, 11 Comments - DETROIT PORTRAIT | ACRONYM (@acronymdetroit) on Instagram: "The Convention King. M: @coreysadgk C: @inkaddictapparel"


Tattoo Artists Abound

When it comes to conventions, the best part about going is getting in contact with artists you wouldn’t typically see. Anderson highlights artists Dave Tevenal and Emmanuel Mendoza are his favorites to run into, and he feels that Eman “has one of my favorite styles of tattooing. Just the things he thinks of and draws up are insane!” You can also see artists that have made it to the “big leagues,” or have been on shows like InkMasters like Cleen Rock One.

Rad pic of me hand drawing my tattoo I did at the Detroit tattoo show by @acronymdetroit #cleenrockone #goldenskulltattoo #chromegypsytattoo #nevadatattoocompany #inkmaster #freehand #fusionink #snailtrailstencilgel #suavecitopomade

3,514 Likes, 19 Comments - cleen rockone (@cleenrockone) on Instagram: "Rad pic of me hand drawing my tattoo I did at the Detroit tattoo show by @acronymdetroit..."

The Side-Shows

Most conventions are a party, whether you’re watching a show or competition, the outer culture of the show, or in Corey’s case, you may even see some insane fights go down! He witnessed a fight happen in a hotel bar, and he said that sometimes people get crazy. But don’t let that deter you from the fun. He’s also very big into skateboarding, so checking out the local spots and the fact that No Limits gave out Skateboards for trophies, he thought that was pretty sick as well. Another cool thing to make note of is the celebs that come through. From Horror Flick legends to tattooed models that make the mag covers, there are tons of bumping elbows to be had.

My mans wears a size 17 shoe.. @robert_mukes cool dude! #rufusjr #houseofa1000corpses #robertmukes #philadelphiatattooconvention #philly #robzombie

47 Likes, 8 Comments - Corey Anderson (@coreysadgk) on Instagram: "My mans wears a size 17 shoe.. @robert_mukes cool dude! #rufusjr #houseofa1000corpses #robertmukes..."


Project 2018

Anderson notes that he’s most excited to have the people he met on the road come through to Motor City in 2018, and to visit Hell City once again. He also shares that everyone treats you like family when you roll through, so he can’t wait to do his next tour through the U.S. and report back on all the fun that is to come.


@allamericantattooconvention @inkaddictapparel #inkaddict #fayetteville #northcarolina #america

163 Likes, 24 Comments - Corey Anderson (@coreysadgk) on Instagram: "@allamericantattooconvention @inkaddictapparel #inkaddict #fayetteville #northcarolina #america"


Be sure to hit the rounds this year at some of these great festivals, and if you see a blonde dreaded tattooed guy, go and say hi!


Amy Cooper has quite a few tattoos, and most of them are Harry Potter related.

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