The Scottish Tattoo Convention puts body art in the frame
Admire others’ tattoos and display your own ink at this Edinburgh weekend
Anyone who’s into a bit of body decoration will be familiar with the curious stares that a visible tattoo can attract on the bus. If your skin is of an inky persuasion, it can get a bit tiring. The fifth annual Scottish Tattoo Convention should, then, come as a welcome relief: with almost 200 tattoo artists from around the world – some of whom usually have months-long waiting lists – offering up their needles for the day, painted folks will feel right at home. It’s also a chance to add to your collection and have a sneaky gander at other people’s art.
If you don’t fancy undergoing the pain yourself, there’s plenty more entertainment on offer, including the final of the Miss Pin Up Scotland pageant, burlesque performances from Club Noir, fire breathing, sword swallowing and knife throwing – because tattoo enthusiasts aren’t exactly a shy and retiring bunch.
Those with spectacular ink spots of their own can enter one of the weekend’s many competitions to win a prize. There’s even a category for the best Scottish-themed tattoos. So if you’ve got a nice big thistle permanently etched on your shoulder accompanied by a startling likeness of Robert the Bruce, it’s time to shine.