Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show
The sixth annual Vancouver Tattoo and Culture Show was held Apr 25-27, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre at Canada Place.
Ballroom C was filled to capacity with tattoo artists from across Canada. Naturally, most were from BC, but there were many from out of province, even as far east as ON and QC.
Upon entering, one was immediately greeted with the sound of rock music mixed with the buzz of many, many machines. Many of those attending took advantage of show specials to get inked then and there.
Besides the roughly 100 or so artists displaying their talents, the show also featured a Pin-up pageant, a Dead Dollz Zombie pageant (I missed that one…), and various contests. The contests were divided into Artist and Peoples (attendees) categories.
Acting as DJ was Vancouver alternate model and self described “party tart” Evilyn13 She is also active in the Fetish and Burlesque scene. You can see more of Evilyn13 on her MM page. MC for most of the show was the super-engineered Samantha Mack. Over the top, and larger than life sums her up rather well…
On Saturday, there was a traditional Pin-Up pageant. The theme was “For the boys”, and featured the contestants dressed in Military and Naval attire. Two of the three judges were active service personnel, one from the CF, the other from the USMC. The third judge was custom car builder “Voodoo Larry” Grobe, from Illinois.
The pageant event was organized and MC’ed by Miss Cherybomb of Cherrybomb Photography (“Specializing in Hotrods and Hot Broads…” )
The contest winners were:
1st Place- Yasmin
2nd place- sweet Georgia peach.
3rd place – Miss Ruby D
Other participants were: Miss Dottie Squish, Miss B, Beluscious, Jayme-Lee, Miss Goldee Lox, Miss Spiffy Tiffy, Susie Pie
Miss Spiffy Tiffy had the entire audience standing while she sang the national anthem.
During the brief intermission between the Military attire and the Naval theme sets, well known Vancouver burlesque dancer Lola Frost put on an energetic performance. Lola has many awards to her credit, including the 2013 Queen of Burlesque – Miss Exotic World, where she took 2nd runner up spot.
In addition to the many artists, there was also a good variety of vendors offering related products. Naturally there were tattoo equipment suppliers, but also clever T-shirts, fashion accessories, jewelry, shoes and handbags, and more.
Deadly Couture, located in the Gastown area of Vancouver had a large booth full of tat related T-shirts, as well as a very intriguing two-piece bikini adorned with spikes! The booth staff were dressed in Cosplay wear. Wicked Purses of Langley, BC had a wall full of custom handmade purses for sale. They also had a pair of high-heel lace-up black boots with skeleton-like leg and foot bones painted on them. Very eye-catching! Gothic Lolita of Vancouver had goth-inspired lace-up corsets among their various items.
This year was the first time “under the sails” at the Canada Place Convention Centre. Previously, it had been held at either the PNE grounds in Vancouver, or the Tradex Centre, about 50 Km east of Vancouver.
Well run, and with a friendly atmosphere throughout, it is no surprise it has grown into the premier tattoo event for British Columbia. We look forward to future shows.