The air was electric with a buzz of energy the first day of the Cape Tattoo Expo. People who we spoke to expected the first day to be a slow one but it was well received and the energy didn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning. This being our first ever Tattoo expo, we didn’t know what to expect in terms of turn out for this event. The venue was a great setting with all this vintage looking stuff and in the process, getting lost amongst the corridors of old.
The stage was set, artists buzzing away at stretched skin, and the bystanders watching in amazement as the art unfolded. There was so much to see besides the international tattoo artists, but must say, our locals are pretty damn good too. It was a brief bounce around to check out what was going on before we headed down to the burlesque show bar area. More entertainment thanks to Lady Magnolia’s Bevy of Beauties, Mademoiselle Demi Monde – Burlesque Artiste, Black Orchid Burlesque’s Sue Cubus, Scar-lit Hearts, and Golden Delishas.
After the shows at the burlesque bar, we decided to amble around to check out all the vendors who were selling their wares and having some guy show off an interesting tattoo machine. The night ended in the Auditorium with this huge ass pipe organ as the backdrop to some skilled DJs. Not much was remembered after that only to head on back for both the entire day of Saturday and Sunday.
There sure was a great vibe with everyone checking out the artists at work, while kids played video games and the “grown ups” had fun getting inked. A great collaboration between artists all round from tattoos to performance art. We will definitely do the run around for this event next year.
Trying to think of something witty and profound about this event but nah, the pictures speak for themselves 🙂
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Tags: Black Orchid Burlesque's Sue Cubus, Bob Tyrrell, CAPE TATTOO EXPO, Cape Town, Cape Town International Tattoo Convention, City Hall, CTICC, Golden Delishas, Lady Magnolia's Bevy of Beauties, Laura Juan, Mademoiselle Demi Monde - Burlesque Artiste, Manuela Gray, Mark Bester, Randy Englehard, Robert Hernandez, Scar-lit Hearts, SixLove Events, Southern Ink Xposure, Southern Ink Xposure 2013, Tixsa