March 4th, 2016
Josh Ford & Ahren Bloomquist | Tattoo Machine Seminar (past event)
Time: 6 - 8:00 p.m.
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Fee: $400 (and you will get a 75.00 credit towards the purchase of a machine while at the convention and includes booklet to take with you)

This seminar will be put on by Josh Ford and Ahren Blomquist. They have a total of over 30 years experience in machine building and maintenance and over 40 years tattooing experience. These two build machines for some of the best artists in tattooing and have the experience to help you understand how to keep your machines performing their best. This seminar will teach the basics of tuning, maintenance and simple repairs that ALL tattoo artists should know.
THIS IS NOT A MACHINE BUILDING SEMINAR

Josh Ford Machines
www.joshfordmachines.com
instagram: joshford13
Tattooing @ Lucky Bird Tattoo
Annapolis, MD
 
Ahren Bloomquist Machines
www.ahrenbloomquisttattoo.com
www.eminenttattoomachinesupply.com
instagram: ahrenbloomquist
Tattooing @ Odds N Ends Tattoo
Rockford, IL
 


March 5th, 2016
Johnny Quintana | Understanding the Art of Black & Gray Tattooing (past event)
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Fee: $250
Registration: 12:30 p.m. on March 5 at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

This is a 'live' demonstration with one lucky guest receiving a free tattoo by Johnny Quintana.
Johnny Quintana’s tattoo seminar will provide an artist's veiwpoint and understanding of black and gray tattooing. He will discuss lights, shadows, composition and backgrounds. From years of experience, Quintana will describe his use of personal photography for reference, including managing the light sources, etc. Quintana will also discuss Photoshop and its importance in modern tattooing. This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand from a truly talented and experienced tattoo artist.   

Instagram: www.instagram.com/johnny_quintana/


March 6th, 2016
Durb Morrison | Longevity Of The Tattoo Artist (past event)
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
Fee: FREE
Registration: 11:30 p.m. on March 6 at the expo ticket booth. 

This seminar is a tattoo artist’s insight into simple ways to keep your body healthier, limber & stronger, therefore allowing the tattoo artist feel the best they can throughout the length of their entire career.
 
Tattooing can take a major toll on the tattoo artist’s body and can contribute to health issues and daily discomforts while tattooing everyday over the length of a tattoo artist’s career. This informative seminar covers various aspects of health issues and discomforts associated with long-term tattooing and also accompanied by simple ways to extend your tattooing and art career dramatically.
 
This seminar is for any tattoo artists looking to gain insight to improve their physical self & basic daily habits around the studio to feel better during & after tattooing with preventative exercises, stretches & diet!
 


March 2nd, 2017
Kris LaChance | Blood Borne Pathogens (past event)
Time: 1 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $75 
Registration: 12:30 on March 2 at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

March 3rd, 2017
Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow (past event)


Show Times: Friday and Saturday at 7 pm at the main stage.

The LUCKY DAREDEVIL THRILLSHOW is fast paced and funny, death-defying daredevil stunt spectacular with all the glitter, glamour, and gut-wrenching thrills of a Vegas show. Guaranteed to please, amuse, and amaze audiences of all ages! Hosted by silver tongued devil, TYLER FYRE, and the darling of danger, THRILL KILL JILL with their kids HANK LIGHTNING, DUKE DYNAMITE, & NASH CHOPPER.


March 4th-5th, 2017
Morning Yoga with Misty (past event)
Start your day off with a yoga class!  This 60 minute class is $10 per person and starts Saturday and Sunday morning at 9:30 am in the ballroom at the stage.   This class is for all levels and includes breathwork and meditation.  

Misty Soderholm is a licensed massage therapist, yoga instructor, energy worker, and a holistic health practitioner with over 20 years of experience.

March 5th, 2017
Ahren Bloomquist & Josh Ford | Tattoo Machine Seminar (past event)
Time: Sunday, 10:00 am
Fee: $400 (includes tattoo machine) LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Registration: Please contact Ahren or Josh directly to register prior to the convention. 

Tattoo Machine Tuning, Repair and Assembly
This seminar is designed to expand your working knowledge of coil tattoo machines and simplify some of the confusion around tuning and troubleshooting. In the seminar you will also be supplied with a Liner machine kit to assemble and tune with help from Ahren and Josh. Once assembled and tuned, the machine is yours to keep.
While there are many seminars out there for tattoo machines, this will be unique as you get two perspectives on theory and approach from two well established and respected machine builders with over 25 years of experience to share, as well as hands on experience.
You will leave this seminar understanding how to troubleshoot problems with machines, as well as how to modify and fine tune to fit your tattooing needs.

Josh Ford Machines
www.joshfordmachines.com
instagram: joshford13
Tattooing @ Lucky Bird Tattoo
Annapolis, MD
 
Ahren Bloomquist Machines
www.ahrenbloomquisttattoo.com
www.eminenttattoomachinesupply.com
instagram: ahrenbloomquist
Tattooing @ Odds N Ends Tattoo
Rockford, IL

March 5th, 2017
Bob Tyrrell & Marshall Bennett | Black and Gray: Luck of the Draw (past event)
Time: 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $200 
Registration: 1:30 p.m. on March 5 at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

Detroit duo, Bob Tyrell and Marshall Bennett will share their decades of knowledge in mastering the art of Black and Gray tattooing. Watch first-hand as each artist tattoos and shares advice, insight and a story or two about their art.


March 1st, 2018
Kris LaChance | Blood Borne Pathogens
Time: 1 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $75 
Registration: 12:30 on March 1 at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

March 2nd-4th, 2018
CONTESTS

March 3rd, 10:00 p.m.
Main Stage
  • Judging for Best of Day
March 4th, 3:00 p.m. until judging is completed
Main Stage
  • Best Black and Gray, small: 4 x 4 inch and smaller
  • Best Black and Gray, medium: 4 x 4  to 10 x 10 inch
  • Best Black and Gray, large: 10 x 10 inch and larger
  • Best Color, small: 4 x 4 inch and smaller
  • Best Color, medium: 4 x 4  to 10 x 10 inch
  • Best Color, large: 10 x 10 inch and larger
  • Best Portrait with Photo
  • Best Overall (Female and Male same category)
  • Best Lettering
10:00 p.m.
Main Stage
  • Best of Day
March 5th, 1:00 p.m. until judging is completed
Main Stage
  • Best Cover Up with Photo
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Arm Sleeve
  • Best Leg Sleeve
  • Best Chest
  • Best Back Piece
  • Best of Show