Fort Worth Ink and Art Tattoo Convention
This is my friend Nick, I took this photo on the first day of the convention. The plan was to add an angel to this sleeve of his that we've been working on for quite some time now. We got there early enough for me to get the stencil on and get my booth set up before having to double back to Dallas. I realized that I had forgotten my tattoo machines! We decided to grab a quick bite to eat as well, to get the day started off right
Every tattoo convention that I've attended thus far has had contests at the end of each day. I mainly use conventions for the exposure. I also like being able to take advantage of the networking opportunities that arise when I come into contact with the other artists in attendance. Another benefit of attending conventions is that I get a chance to see certain artists working that I normally wouldn't have a chance to see on a daily basis. Don't get me wrong, it IS fun to put a tattoo that I've put my all into up there against the other competitors, to see who will come out on top.
That being said, I don't put too much energy in worrying about whether or not I'll necessarily win an award. This stems from something that I experienced earlier in the year. I was tasked with judging a tattoo contest, and in that moment, I realized that next to no thought or deliberation goes into the decision making process. There simply isn't enough time to analyze every aspect of the 100+ pieces that are submitted, and be finished within an hour.