The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention is always a great time to scope out different artists and pick up some new ink. But it’s also a great time to participate in different contests, take part in tattoo and piercing seminars, and check out some exciting sideshow performances. And the 2010 edition of this popular convention will be no exception to the rule. Here’s a look at some of the events that will be taking place, and some artists who will be on hand.

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Microdermal Piercing
taught by Steve Truitt and John Durante

This seminar will be taking place Saturday March 27th at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. If you pay online it will cost $125. This deal will be available up until ONE WEEK before the scheduled seminar. Otherwise it will cost $150 To purchase online email john durante at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This class will answer a lot of questions you may have about microdermal anchor piercings.
1. What is a microdermal?
2. What should they be called/how should they be described to potential clients?
3. What are they made out of?
4. What designs and sizes are there and which are the best and where do I get them from?
5. Where can you put them?
6. How do they work?
7. How do you put them in?
8. What tools do you use to aid in insertion?
9. How long do they take to heal?
10. How should you take care of them?
11. How do you take them out?
12. What do I do if I’m having a problem with one?

And many more. We will show you how to put them in using videos, photographs, and live demonstrations.We will show you both the punch and taper and needle versions. Everyone will have plenty of time to ask questions before, during, and after the seminar, and we will give you our contact information so you can reach

us later if you have any other questions that come up after the seminar is over.

Steve Truitt is a professional Body Modification Artist. He has been piercing for over 15 years, and is currently member of the Association of Professional Piercers. He is the owner of Ascension Body Modification, a body piercingand tattoo studio located in Albuquerque, NM. He also founded and runs the Ascension Suspension Team. Steve regularly travels around the world doing body modification, suspension performances, and teaching seminars at many of the biggest and best tattoo conventions, such as the Tattooed Kingpin conventions in Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, and Milwaukee, WI; Mario Barth’s Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth in Las Vegas, NV; and the Rock the Ink conventions as well.

John Durante has been a professional Body Modification Artist for over 15 years. He has worked for many of the leading studios all over the world. He owns Evolve Body Jewelry, and is currently the head body piercer at Laughing Buddha in Seattle, WA.

Virtues Of An Artist
By famous realism artist Nick Malasto
Sunday 12PM March 28th 2010

Thank you for taking your time to look over “Virtues of an Artist” a quick seminar explaining years of information in a heavy hour. I will be going over very serious techniques about understanding what needs to be done for one to be a successful Tattoo Artist. In this seminar there will be so many tricks and tips of the trade revealed that you will feel and see the difference the next day. From marketing issues to understanding your clients skin to understanding compositional skill that makes peoples jaws drop. All this and many more techniques and skills will come to you with my great vocal teaching ability and
one on ones after the seminar is complete…

The seminar also includes a wonderfull rotary machine that is the same one I use every day, as well as an informational book containing many tattoo application secrets using the rotary for many style tattoos from realism to traditional.

Tattoo Contests

Tattoo Contests at this years convention include: Tattoo of the Day, Best Portrait, Most Unusual, Best Sleeve, Best Cover Up, Best Traditional, Best for different sizes, and Best Overall for male and female.

Vendors on hand at this years Convention include the following: Sourpuss Clothing, Mithra Tattoo Supply, Evil Brand Clothes, Spaghetti Kiss, Jamie Siever Photography, Corsets by Casta Diva, Dangerous Dolls, Filthy Shank Clothing, and more.

Artists Attending

Here’s just a sample of some of the artists who will be attending this year:

Flying Monkey Tattoo Studio
140E Market St.
Georgetown, DE 19947
Robert Remp

Red Octopus Tattoos
1654 Solomon’s Island Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Dave Lukeson (Fuzion Ink)

True Image Tattoo
290 Freeport St.
New Kensington, PA 15068
Kevin Croney
TIm (Fuz) Wagle
Russ Corbett

Fat Cat NYC
31-32 31st street
Long Island, NY 11106
Kevin Q
Dave Cummings
Alex Knox

Tattoo Lou’s
St. James, NY 11780
Andres Hurtado
Irish Jay

Low Rider
2428 Newport Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 548-4233
Fat Gunner

Immoral Ink
112 Philadelphia Rd.
Joppa, MD 21087
Ray Baranowski
Will Bonadio
Michael “Evil” Anderson

Lucky Soul Tattoo
334 E. Main St.
Ansonia, CT 06401
Jim Lopresti
Meghan Lee
Tracey Duff

Sacred Tattoo NYC
424 Broadway 2nd Fl
Manhattan NYC 10013
Kevin Wilson’

Crimson Anchor and Stained Skin
2628 US Hwy 19
Holiday, FL 34691
Kristel Oreto
Anthony Dubois

Black Metal Tattoo
13500 Pearl Rd
Strongsville, OH 44136
Adam Oiler
Dave Maynard
Dylan Young
Chris Dunne

Gemini Tattoo
13629 Philmont Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Adam Pietras
Mike Flood


Olde City Sideshow
Your stomach turns as you second guess why you allowed the fast talker at the front door to persuade you into entering the venue. The scent of woodchips under your feet, the ominous yellow flicker of the gas lights burning; surrounded by your friends you find some bravery in a pint of ale. Just then the lights dim and the music begins to play.
Olde City Sideshow
At Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention

Parting curtains expose a curiously comforting gentleman, with a bellowing voice who walks you through a journey of the odd, the miraculous, and the macabre. Gentlemen hold your pint, and Gentle Ladies hold your men as you are amazed and astounded by feats that will make your jaws drop and your blood run cold.
Whatever your twisted pleasure, Dr.Zanzibar’s Olde City Sideshow is sure to leave you wanting more.

Penguin Boy and Baron
Penguin Boy at Metaltown 2009 Hellzapoppin
The Baron Von Geiger

The Enigma and Serena Rose
The Enigma was raised in Seattle, and began studying music when he was six years old. In 1991, he was a founding member of the Jim Rose Circus, with which he toured until 1998. The Enigma then toured with Katzen, playing music and doing sideshow performances under the moniker “Human Marvels.” He performed at Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event in fall 2007, performing various tricks with fire, power tools, and blades. The Enigma has appeared in a number of television programs including The X-Files (in an episode entitled “Humbug”) where he played a character called “The Conundrum.” He has also appeared on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. The Enigma was featured in the 2005 documentary film Freaky Circus Guy[1] alongside sideshow performers Katzen, Danielle D’Meux, William Darke. In 2004, The Enigma appeared with Mike Patton, Jane Wiedlin, Karen Black and Katzen, in Steve Balderson’s film Firecracker. A toy based on the Enigma’s X-Files character “The Conundrum” was sold as part of Palisades Toys’ X-Files PALz action figure line. He currently performs with Serana Rose in their show called Electric Acid Theatre.

Serana Rose’s study of fashion design as well as private lessons in sewing and dyeing have helped her style and sell her fashion collections worldwide for stars of the stage and screen. Her independent study of rock and roll music has led her to become the bassist and stunt coordinator for her current project Electric Acid Theatre. Her abilities as a wardrobe stylist have led to acclaim in the “all about town” runways of greater Des Moines, IA.
Show Devils
The Enigma
Electric Acid Theater

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