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  • What is a Tattoo Convention?
    Tattoo conventions are events that allow hundreds of artists, collectors and spectators to participate in two to three days of live tattooing in a single weekend.
  • How can I contact the event coordinator or promoter
    Send an email to
  • Can I take pictures at the convention?
    taking pictures at tattoo conventions is generally well accepted. We do have some request while you do this. * try not to interrupt tattoo artists while they are working *NEVER take pictures of people original artwork they display (unless given permission) *please warn of Flash Photography ( this can affect the tattoo process) *Please tag us in all your social media post so we can share in the fun!! *Make awesome memories
  • Are tattoos free at the tattoo convention?
    Unless you don’t have a special relation of agreement with the Tattoo Artist, there is no such thing as free tattoos at conventions. Instead expect to pay at least $100 an hour, when getting tattooed at any tattoo convention.
  • Can I be a "Canvas"
    This is a question that implies offering skin in exchange for a free tattoo during tattoo conventions. This is something that totally depends on the tattoo artist and it may sometimes be possible if for example the artist is looking for a tattoo model, in order to participate at a tattoo contest.
  • Do I have to pay to attend the tattoo convention?
    YES. Entrance tickets are for purchase at the door. We offer a large variety of entertainment, side shows and the opportunity to get tattooed by some of the very best tattoo artists. In our experience it’s always worth the price.
  • How can I book a tattoo during a Tattoo Convention?
    We advise that you contact (and book) your favorite artist as soon as you possibly can, via Instagram, email or website. Our attending artist preferred method of appointment scheduling will be link to their bio in the Artist page. Please keep in mind that the more famous artists may have very limited availability during conventions.
  • Can I bring my children to the Tattoo Convention?
    For the most part, Yes. Our tattoo conventions allows kids (under 12 are free). However in same cases we are offering show suitable to an adult audience. If you plan to be tattooed at the convention please bring someone to watch your children during that time. We will have children activities such as temporary tattoos, contest, coloring, sideshow, face painting and more in our designated kid zone (Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the convention.) No general public under the age of 18 are allowed in the tattoo areas. (Exceptions for artist's kids)
  • Can I bring my dog/cats/pets to the Tattoo Convention?
    Please leave your pet/s at home while visiting our tattoo convention.
  • Should I book a hotel near the Tattoo Convention?
    If you have to travel to visit our tattoo convention, we advise to get a hotel nearby. If you plan to get tattooed, it will be much better if you have a place where you can rest (before and/or after) and where you could take care of your new tattoo. We have discounted rates with the local hotels ( listed on the website).
  • Where is the Tattoo City Tattoo Convention located?
    Inside The Dort Financial Center, a sports, entertainment and convention venue located in Flint, Michigan, United States address is: 3501 Lapeer Rd, Flint, MI 48503
  • How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
    you MUST be 18 years or older and have VALID identification with you
  • Is there a way to schedule with artists who will be there?
    Yes, on our website we have an attending artist page (updated often) each artist contact is linked to their picture so you can contact them directly
  • Are the artist willing to take walk-up tattoos? Like, if I don't make an appointment?
    Yes. There are always artist available for walk up tattoos. However the earlier you come to get the spot the better. Artist do first come first serve if you don't have an appointment. When can tell you from last years experience there were very few walk up appointments still available on Sunday, but you could find one. We do highly recommend booking a tattoo appointment ahead of time if you have a certain artist or style in mind that you want to get that weekend.
  • Do you have Press Passes available?
    Yes we do!! Our purpose in granting press passes is to increase public awareness of, and support for, the artists, vendors, and causes supported at our convention. You can apply for your press pass with this link (passes limited)
  • Do I need to buy my ticket ahead of time?
    No. You can purchase tickets at the door or online before the event!
  • Who can attend?
    Admission is all ages, and children 12 & under receive free admission with a paid adult. Often there are many whole families there, ranging from babies to seniors! ATTENDEES UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES.
  • How do I get a tattoo and how old do I have to be?
    You must be at least 18 years old, with photo ID to get tattooed. As long as you are 18 or older, you can walk right up to any working artist at the show and discuss the tattoo design you are looking to get. Keep in mind that many attending artists will be busy with a number of different clients, so it’s a good idea to book your time in advance. You can view all of the artist portfolios online and contact them via email or phone.
  • I am getting tattooed at the show. Do I still need to buy a ticket?
    Yes, you still need a ticket to enter the show.
  • Can I pay with credit card?
    Most artists prefer cash so we recommend bringing cash. There will be ATMs on site but it’s best to grab cash ahead of time. Other options for payments with SOME vendor/artist might be Venmo, Cash App, Zelle However cash is King on a Tattoo Convention floor.
  • What are the hours of the show?
    We have hours and show times over here :
  • What else is happening at the convention?
    There will be live tattooing and amazing artwork. Merchandise from many unique vendors. Side show acts. Live human suspension show daily, Burlesque, Ms. Tattoo City Experience. A Pin Up Contest. A beard and Mustache contest. And our one of a kind Apprentice Showdown! Plus so much more!
  • Is is safe to get tattooed at a convention?
    It is definitely safe. Every artist has training and certification designed to ensure a safe experience for you and for the artist. Everyone of our attending artist are Licensed by the State of Michigan specifically for this convention. We work closely with the Health Department the entire year to bring Flint, Michigan the safest tattoo convention experience. We also encourage people with fresh tattoos to follow all after care instructions provided by their artist to ensure the best healing of their tattoo.
  • What else is there to do at a tattoo convention?
    You don't have to get tattooed to enjoy a convention, you can also shop and be a spectator to all of the cool events that are planned. We will have many vendors from jewelery, clothing, candles, many different tattoo supplies, including ink and needles, and tattoo aftercare. We have something happening on the stage hourly so there's always something fun happening. There's also tattoo competitions all 3 days of the convention.
  • Is a tattoo convention good for someone who isn't tattooed?
    Yes, If you are an artist, love art or simple love people watching a tattoo convention is a great way to spend the weekend!!
  • What time do the tattoo contest start?
    Tattoo contest are held all 3 days of the weekend event. Please look at our Tattoo Contest page for times & details.
  • What is the schedule for the weekend?
    We have many events planned for the weekend, we do have a Event Schedule on the website. Some of the events planned are Tattoo Contest, Live Human Suspension, Ms. Tattoo Experience, Mr. Tattoo city Contest, Sideshow acts, The Apprentice Showdown, A Pin-Up Contest, Best of Show Award, Best Booth Contest, Beard and Mustache Contest, Kids Zone, Face painting & Temporary tattoos. Pre-Parties, After-Parties, Good food and Fun!! Check back often for updates, we are just getting started!!!
  • What date & time is the Pin-Up contest?
    Saturday August 12, 2023 at 4 PM on the Main Stage. All contestants meet at the stage 15 minutes before the contest. You can apply to be in the contest here --->
  • What date/time is the Apprentice Showdown?
    This is a 3 day event. All apprentices must sign up for the contest no less than 2 weeks before the event. Only apprentices of artists that are Tattoo City booth holders of the event are eligible.
  • What time is the Ms. Tattoo City Experience
    This is a weekend long event with stage times each day. We will crown Ms. Tattoo Sunday. Anyone interested in signing up for the experience can sign up here ---->
  • How do I register for a booth?
    Tattoo Artist can follow this link --->
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