Skindustry Expo 2012: Tattoos, hot rods, rollergirls and live music

The 2012 Skindustry Expo is headed to Allentown’s Holiday Inn Conference Center for its 5th annual installment. Those who have been to past expos know this is an event that is not to be missed. Over 100 acclaimed tattoo artists from around the world will be on hand showcasing their talent and inking loads of skin. All three event rooms have been booked by the Expo covering 10,000 square feet.

The Skindustry Expo, founded by Steve Lemak, owner of The Quillian Tattoo has enjoyed increasing attendance each year. All the artists from the Quillian will be in attendance as well as other notables such as Josh Woods from the recently aired Inkmaster tattoo reality competition and the Lehigh Valley’s own Alexis Uhl Kovacs who will also be featured on the upcoming tattoo competition show Best Ink which will be aired on the Oxygen network.

Alexis formerly of Allentown’s Art and Soul Studio, now has her own shop in Bethlehem called Electric Cheetah. In addition to tattoos Alexis specializes in permanent cosmetics. Check out her shop if you are in the area and be sure to schedule an appointment soon. I predict once her show hits the airwaves and the general public gets a look at her work, she’ll be booked up for a very long time.

Even if you aren’t interested in picking up some fresh ink, the Skindustry Expo is still a worthwhile destination for tattoo enthusiasts and the curious as well. You are guaranteed to meet interesting people and hear great live music. Featured musical performances will be by rockabilly sensations, The Ultra Kings and young reggae stylists, Trouble City All-Stars. I happened to catch the Trouble City All-Stars at MusikFest last year and they are a must see act, as are the Ultra Kings who regularly play Grumpy’s BBQ Roadhouse.

Fully healed tattoos will also be eligible to be entered in daily contests such as best color work, best black and grey and best traditional, to name just a sampling. Tattoo of the day will be judged from fresh tattoos inked at Skindustry. This is a correction from what I posted originally as I mentioned all tattoos inked during the convention were eligible for the contests.

I suggest if you are looking to get tattoos at the Expo that you bring cash, credit cards may or may not be accepted it will depend upon whether the artist is equipped with their own credit card processing terminal.

Best of all, the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls will be making an appearance again this year. The girls have been a staple of the tattoo convention in years past and if you would like to meet them and have a photo opportunity with them I suggest you get there on Friday between 2-10pm. This will be their only appearance at this year’s convention. They will be busy March 31th at their first bout of the 2012 season. Tickets for the season opener are still available and can be purchased here or better yet you can purchase the entire season here and never miss any of the hard hitting, body slamming action that is women’s flat track roller derby in the Lehigh Valley!

The Skindustry Expo runs from March 30th to April 1st and admission is $15 per day. If you are interested in booking time with a preferred artist; check out the list of participating artists on the Skindustry website and contact them in advance.

The Holiday Inn Conference Center is located at: 7736 Adrienne Dr, Breinigsville, PA 18031. For directions click here.

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