EXPO INFORMATION

August 21, 22 & 23

Friday
12:00-10:00
Saturday
12:00-10:00
Sunday
12:00-7:00

ADMISSION

*5 Dollar Discount with Student or Military ID

Day Pass - $15
Weekend Pass - $40

The third annual West Virginia Tattoo Expo is finally here! Located at the Morgantown Event Center, the expo will run August 21st - 23th.

With on-site tattooing and piercing from over 160 artists, multitudes of vendors, contests, a Miss Tattooed West Virginia pageant, and more, this will be the premier tattoo event in the state.

The expo is open to the public, and kids under 12 are free with a paying adult.

If you don’t want to miss any of the action, stay at the Waterfront Place Hotel and receive a drastically reduced rate when you mention the code wvtattoo expo.

We Can't wait to see you there!


HOTEL

Waterfront Place Hotel

Two Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501-5958
Toll Free 866-782-9974
Local 304-296-1700

 

 
TATTOO HISTORY EXPERIENCE

Everyone is welcome, artists and general public to participate in an informal discussion with tattoo veterans and pioneers of the tattoo world. Come hear their interesting stories and experiences that helped shape the tattoo culture as we know it today.

You will be able to ask questions and will leave with a more profound knowledge of our tattoo roots. Keep your ears open during the convention for announcements of this informal discussion experience that will take place in the main event area.

 
SEMINARS

Tattoo Machine Seminar

Tattoo Machine Fabrication, History and Maintenence

This is a seminar on the history of the tattoo machine and a fabrication seminar teaching from the basics of tattoo machine theories and how they work, to tricks tips and tuning techniques. A 12 year machine building veteran, Tony Urbanek goes in depth with this seminar, providing hands on assembly, theory, and tuning tricks of his craft. Everything you always wanted to know about coil tattoo machines, and their functions will be covered. The seminar will also be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation, hands on demonstrations, and will follow up with a question and answer session. Spend 3 in-depth hours building the machine of your choice (liner/shader), talking about tricks, tips, history, and theories of machine fabrication, tuning, and assembly. Spring cutting, coil winding, frame casting and fabrication variations discussed and/or demonstrated. All tools, frames, and parts courtesy of Tony Urbanek, and Kingpin tattoo supply.

Space is limited to 10 people
Pre-Registration is recommended

Time: TBA
Cost: $300

Contact Tony Urbanek for pre registration, payments, or info:
inkadinkadoo@comcast.net
(412) 683-4320

Surviving The Industry

Develop a Rewarding Career

This seminar is geared toward current apprenticeship students but any experience level of tattooer is more than welcome to attend. We will be going over materials such as: what your mentor expects from you as a student, study techniques and materials, conduct as a professional, speaking to potential clients, using social media as a tool, basic sterilization, basic tattoo machine mechanics and maintenance, knowing your limitations, coping with on the job stresses, building the right portfolio, and how to develop a rewarding career.

Richard LeMayis a Tattoo Artist, Author and Machine Builder with more than eighteen years experience. His seminars will be open forum format, welcome questions, and speaking one-on one if requested. Taking notes is recommended, paper and pen/pencil are preferable to minimize distractions. Diagrams, information packets, and attendance certificates will be available for each seminar but will be limited based on those who pre-register.

Time: TBA
Cost: $75
2-3 Hours

To pre-register, email with your name (as it will appear on your certificate), phone number, and which studio and city you are affiliated with. If you do not receive a conformation email within a day or two, please register again to ensure your seat. Seats may be available the day of the seminar but pre-registering is recommended.

Contact: richlemaytattoos@gmail.com, or call 304 377-9292

Advanced Tattooing Application

The Science of Tattooing

This seminar is suggested for the mid-level and veteran tattooer with at least two years in the field. We will be covering advance information that will help strengthen technical knowledge as well as focus on many tips and tricks. This will be a longer seminar and will focus on technical information. Many advance techniques will be broken down step-by-step, so notes are highly recommended. Topics of discussion will include: specific tattoo machine tunings (coil and rotary), advance stenciling, design composition, converting art to skin, drawing for tattooing, positive/negative reinforcement, line weights, understanding value vs. contrast, developing depth, using needle groupings to your advantage, setting a tone, defusing vs. focus, suggested white techniques, advance black and grey tips, advance color tips, needle control techniques, advance aftercare, understanding healing tissue, and many more subjects.

Richard LeMayis a Tattoo Artist, Author and Machine Builder with more than eighteen years experience. His seminars will be open forum format, welcome questions, and speaking one-on one if requested. Taking notes is recommended, paper and pen/pencil are preferable to minimize distractions. Diagrams, information packets, and attendance certificates will be available for each seminar but will be limited based on those who pre-register.

Time: TBA
Cost: $150
3-4 Hours

To pre-register, email with your name (as it will appear on your certificate), phone number, and which studio and city you are affiliated with. If you do not receive a conformation email within a day or two, please register again to ensure your seat. Seats may be available the day of the seminar but pre-registering is recommended.

Contact: richlemaytattoos@gmail.com, or call 304 377-9292

On the Scene Training

 
Contests

Every contest will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, except for the Tattoo of the Day. Winners will receive a trophy or a plaque for themselves and their artist.

Registration Fee is $5

All judges are impartial and unbiased. All Tattoos will be judged equally. Artist of the tattoo will only be announced during award presentation.

Friday
  • Small Color
  • Small Black & Gray
  • Portrait
  • Tattoo of the Day 10pm
Saturday
  • Sleeve
  • Large Color
  • Large Black & Gray
  • Traditional
  • Back Piece
  • Miss Tattooed WV Contest
  • Medium Color
  • Medium Black & Gray
  • Tattoo of the Day 10pm
Sunday
  • Tattoo of the Day 7pm

Miss Tattooed

Saturday 7pm
West Virginia

Show off your body art for a chance to be named Miss Tattooed WV! Please dress appropriately and tastefully. NO NUDITY

You must be 18 or older to enter.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place will all receive trophies. First place will also receive a cash prize.

Registration is $20 at the Ticket Booth.

Registration Deadline is at 6:30pm.

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes! The ladies will be judged on tattoos and presentation.

ALL tattooed women are welcome to enter!