The 7th International Tattoo Convention will be held in Limassol this week. ELENI PHILIPPOU gets an inkling of what will happen

Time to get inked? The International Tattoo Convention taking place this coming week seems to think so. Returning after a two-year-pandemic break, the convention returns for the seventh time and will open its doors on July 23.

For just two days, the convention welcomes all – not just those tatted from head to toe. So, whether you’ve got a tattoo or none at all, admiring the work of featured tattoo artists and the live music can be enough reason to go. Of course, a primary goal of the event, at Carob Mills Restaurant, Limassol is to support artists and give ink enthusiasts the chance to be tattooed by them. Yet there’s more to do even if you don’t feel like adding something permanent to your skin.

Doors open at 11am on both days and from then on visitors are free to browse, book appointments with artists, and enjoy the live entertainment and music, as well as cold beers from LEON beer and tasty cocktails by Sailor Jerry. Part of this year’s programme is also performance shows, body arts, a shopping area and an art exhibition among others.

Day one will include several tattoo contests. One on blackwork, one on old school designs, another on realistic tattoos and finally, the best of the day. The evening will wrap up with a live performance by Nofreno, a Greek-language heavy metal band from Nicosia with progressive, metal, punk and stoner influences.

The second day of the festival will include a bit more of the same tattoo artist mingling and browsing and even more competitions. After a live calligraphy body art painting performance by Royal Venom at 12pm, tattoo contests on illustrative blackwork, dot work, neotraditional, colour, black and grey and the best of the show will take place. The 2022 Convention will wrap up with a set by resident DJ Honston G, powered by Lemoni Radio.

For those that do want to get a tattoo done, organisers have some practical advice. “Lots of talented tattoo artists (100+) will bring their guns to this two-day event, and be on hand for scheduled appointments or customer walk-ups,” they say. “Research and contact the artist(s) you wish to get work from in advance. If you miss that opportunity, be at the convention first thing when the doors open on day one to try to get an appointment set up! Some of these artists can book the whole show in the first 30 minutes of the opening day. Don’t let the chance slip by, you may never have another opportunity to get tattooed by them again; artists come in and drop out of the convention circuit all the time.”

The tattoo convention’s official website has the complete list of this year’s tattoo artists for visitors to browse prior to the event and fully prepare!

7th International Tattoo Convention

Annual tattoo convention. July 23-24. Carob Mill Restaurant, Limassol. 11am until late. €10/€15 (2-day pass).