Shrunken heads, macabre collectibles and taxidermy on offer at Wimborne tattoo convention

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SHRUNKEN Heads, macabre collectibles and taxidermy were just some of the unique delights on offer at the largest UK Christmas tattoo convention held in Wimborne.

There was a real buzz as hundreds of tattoo enthusiasts descended upon the Allendale Centre for the Jurassic Coast Tattoo Convention which attracted some of the best artists in the UK.

Now in its second year, the event was set up by Kerry and Carl Collinson from Urban Image in Kinson and proved so popular that they returned for a second year.

Kerry said: “About 50 tattooists from all over the country come along. We actually ran out of tattoo booths after just six days because of the interest.

“It’s the largest Christmas tattoo convention in the UK, so we’re very proud.”

More than 50 award-winning tattooists from Dorset and further afield came under one roof including artists Black Pearl Tattoo studio in Parkstone, Just Add Ink in Poole and Urban Image.

Tattoo artists battled it out in a number of competitions including best realism, best tribal design, best dotwork and best dinosaur.

The best tattoo of the day had to be started and finished at the convention and there were no limits to the design.

With a festive fair which screamed Nightmare Before Christmas, the family-friendly event had something for everyone to enjoy.

Kerry said: We try and make it very family-friendly and children under 10 were able to get into our event for free.

“We had prizes for the best dinosaur dress-up during the weekend.”

There were a wide range of different traders from vintage inspired rockabilly and pin-up clothing to vintage food and hand-painted wooden signs.

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9:40pm Tue 17 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

Tramp stamps and slag tags lol
Tramp stamps and slag tags lol HRH of Boscombe

9:28am Wed 18 Dec 13

elite50 says...

How does the old saying go?
Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall?
It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body.
How does the old saying go? Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall? It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body. elite50

5:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Wimborne15 says...

elite50 wrote:
How does the old saying go?
Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall?
It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body.
Shame the only two comments are narrow minded and negative - firstly, it's a personal choice and has no impact on your lives, and secondly, whilst there are some poor tattooists out there, there are many more incredibly talented artists, many of who were at the convention. Instead of sitting behind your computers judging, google the artists and have a look at their work. Second rate it certainly isn't ! Whether you put art on a wall, or on your skin, it shouldn't matter to anyone else. The convention was brilliantly organised, brought trade to Wimborne, and was a huge success. The organisers, artists and stall holders should be proud of themselves.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: How does the old saying go? Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall? It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body.[/p][/quote]Shame the only two comments are narrow minded and negative - firstly, it's a personal choice and has no impact on your lives, and secondly, whilst there are some poor tattooists out there, there are many more incredibly talented artists, many of who were at the convention. Instead of sitting behind your computers judging, google the artists and have a look at their work. Second rate it certainly isn't ! Whether you put art on a wall, or on your skin, it shouldn't matter to anyone else. The convention was brilliantly organised, brought trade to Wimborne, and was a huge success. The organisers, artists and stall holders should be proud of themselves. Wimborne15

10:09pm Wed 18 Dec 13

elite50 says...

Wimborne15 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
How does the old saying go?
Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall?
It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body.
Shame the only two comments are narrow minded and negative - firstly, it's a personal choice and has no impact on your lives, and secondly, whilst there are some poor tattooists out there, there are many more incredibly talented artists, many of who were at the convention. Instead of sitting behind your computers judging, google the artists and have a look at their work. Second rate it certainly isn't ! Whether you put art on a wall, or on your skin, it shouldn't matter to anyone else. The convention was brilliantly organised, brought trade to Wimborne, and was a huge success. The organisers, artists and stall holders should be proud of themselves.
Have you never seen an old sailor with worn out tattoos?
Just wait, that's what you will look like.
Fashions and fads pass. A hole drilled in your ear, nose etc. grows over, as long as its not too big.
Hair grows back to how it should look.
You will be an object of (well earned) derision as you age. People will say, "remember when all those morons stuck that crap on their bodies"?
Take heed, fashions change but you will be left showing your poor taste for the rest of your life!
[quote][p][bold]Wimborne15[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: How does the old saying go? Why would you put on your body a second rate "art-work" that you would never in a million years hang on your wall? It costs very little to re-paint a wall but a fortune to remove that crap from your body.[/p][/quote]Shame the only two comments are narrow minded and negative - firstly, it's a personal choice and has no impact on your lives, and secondly, whilst there are some poor tattooists out there, there are many more incredibly talented artists, many of who were at the convention. Instead of sitting behind your computers judging, google the artists and have a look at their work. Second rate it certainly isn't ! Whether you put art on a wall, or on your skin, it shouldn't matter to anyone else. The convention was brilliantly organised, brought trade to Wimborne, and was a huge success. The organisers, artists and stall holders should be proud of themselves.[/p][/quote]Have you never seen an old sailor with worn out tattoos? Just wait, that's what you will look like. Fashions and fads pass. A hole drilled in your ear, nose etc. grows over, as long as its not too big. Hair grows back to how it should look. You will be an object of (well earned) derision as you age. People will say, "remember when all those morons stuck that crap on their bodies"? Take heed, fashions change but you will be left showing your poor taste for the rest of your life! elite50

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