Tattoos: Brought to the Western World by Captain James Cook after returning from his first voyage to New Zealand in 1771; tattoos have evolved from being a sailor’s mark of humor and disposition; to being a statement of rebellion; to morphing into a commercially celebrated contemporary-live-art collectors item — or sticker collection — depending in your aesthetics and tattoo artist.
But tattoo culture goes well beyond its modern day bubble gum reputation.
A great way to get back to tattoo culture’s original roots, head over to Detroit’s 18th annual Motor City Tattoo Expo this weekend, February 22nd and February 24th, touted as the biggest Motor City Tattoo Expo ever.
Located at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (100 Renaissance Center), Motor City expo organizers feature 168 of the best tattoo artists from all over the USA.
Prices? Affordable: 1-day passes go for $20; 2-day passes go for $30; Weekend passes go for $40; Kids 14 and younger get in for free.
The show will feature contests and prizes for categories such as, “the most realistic tattoo,” “the best tribal tattoo,” “the best arm sleeve,” “the best full back tattoo,” “most patriotic,” “best overall male and female,” and “best tattoo of the show.”
Make a weekend out of it
Detroit’s Marriot at the Renaissance Center offers packages for $179 per night. Choose any one of their 73 luxurious floors, all looking over the Detroit River next to the Hart Plaza. Shopping is a short walk away and the Detriot “People Mover” transportation system conveniently takes visitors to main attractions.
For more information visit www.eternaltattoos.com.