XVI BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL TATTOO EXPO 2013

posterfinal5web     This summer I visited one of the biggest tattoo expos in Spain, ‘Barcelona International Tattoo Expo’. This event has been held annually since 1998 and grows year on year. There were 188 tattoo artists from all around the world gathered in the first weekend of the October to celebrate and continue this ancient human tradition. I was quite lucky to meet a tattoo artist from Indonesia, Eka of EKA WAVES who was one of the participants. Eka Waves tattoo parlour was participating on this event from 3-4 October before continuing on his journey to Copenhagen Denmark.

The convention included a graffiti exhibition, a body painting performance, workshops on topics ranging from body modification to the care of tattoo guns  and also tattoo competitions, the expo had enough to satisfy  tattoo lovers from all stripes. The contests presented an opportunity for the tattoo artists to compete in various categories such as Black/gray, Colour, Realism, and Old School. Winners in each category received a trophy  designed by a featured artist. One of the winners of the  ‘Best of the show’ category was Samuel  Sancho from Wanted Tattoo Studio, Barcelona.

Many famous tattoo artists attended this event, such as Horitoshi I (one of the old masters of irezumi) who was demonstrating ‘tebori’ skills and techniques. I also met my favourite tattoo model  Femke Fatale and a couple of my favourite tattoo artists Juanpe (Madrid, Spain) and Paul Owen from Naughty Needles (UK). This international tattoo event was a big success with the number of visitors at around ten thousand people . I hope I can continue to get the opportunities to attend more tattoo events in Europe… Adios Amigos!!!

Text&photo by Superf3nda

*This article has been published in Magic Ink tattoo Magazine Indonesia.

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Kali ini saya mengunjungi salah satu pameran tato terbesar di Spanyol ‘Barcelona International  Tattoo Expo 2013’ . Sampai saat ini sudah 16 kali di gelar tiap tahunnya sejak tahun 1998. Sekitar 188 seniman tato dunia berkumpul di akhir pekan awal bulan Oktober untuk merayakan dan melanjutkan tradisi seni tertua di dunia. Saya cukup beruntung dapat bertemu dengan artis tato dari Indonesia yaitu EKA WAVES yang juga merupakan peserta dari acara tato ini. Eka Waves Tattoo Parlor mengikuti acara ini selama 3 hari dari  tanggal 4 hingga 6 Oktober dan melanjutkan tripnya ke Copenhagen Denmark.

Para pecinta tato cukup terpuaskan dengan adanya graffiti exhibition, body painting, workshops dengan berbagai  topik mulai dari body modification hingga perawatan peralatan tato serta kompetisi tato. Kompetisi tato ini memberikan kesempatan para seniman tato untuk bersaing dalam berbagai kategori yaitu black/gray, color, realism, dan old school. Pemenang di setiap kategori mendapatkan trofi/piala yang didesain oleh seniman terpilih. Salah satu pemenang ‘Best of the show’ adalah Samuel Sancho dari Wanted Tattoo Barcelona.

Beberapa seniman yang cukup penting namanya di dunia tato hadir dalam acara ini, salah satunya adalah Tokyo Horitoshi I  one of the old masters of Irezumi yang saat itu mempertunjukkan keahlian dan teknik ‘Tebori’, saya juga bertemu dengan model tato favorit saya yaitu Femke Fatale dan beberapa tato artis favorit lainnya yaitu Juanpe Tattoo (Madrid) serta Paul Owen dari Naughty Needles (UK). Acara tato skala internasional ini dapat dibilang cukup sukses dengan jumlah pengunjung sekitar 10 ribu orang dan saya berharap semoga saya bisa meliput acara tato lainnya…Adios Amigos!!!

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