It was back in 2009 that renowned tattoo artist Manuela Gray realised a dream of putting together an international tattoo convention on South African soil.
Held at the CTICC, the inaugural event was attended by more than 75 artists, amongst them some of the brightest stars in international skin ink. For the 5 500 members of the public who attended the first event it was a clear sign that tattoos and tattoo culture had outgrown the stigma of being a ‘fringe’ or ‘backstreet’ art form and found its place in mainstream society.
Over the following four years, the event attracted scores more top international artists to the Cape shores, to the point where artists from over thirty countries have attended.
Now going into its fifth year, the Cape Tattoo Expo has evolved into the most important lifestyle festival of its kind on the African continent. With a greater range of top international tattoo artists attending and a very exciting arts and concert event schedule, next year`s Cape Tattoo Expo promises to be the best one yet.
The 2013 festival will be held at the iconic Cape Town City Hall. Event organizers Manuela and Allan Gray are thrilled with the new venue: “We are very excited. The event has grown significantly over the past few years and City Hall is the perfect space for the size and vibe of the expo. For the first time we can host all of the related events: the expo, art exhibition and concerts under one roof.”
Here the events details:
CAPE TATTOO EXPO (Southern Ink Xposure 2013)
January 25 – 27, 2013 at Cape Town City Hall.
Ticket sales for Cape Tattoo Expo 2013 has gone live via Tixsa on our website www.capetattooconvention.co.za – Early bird tickets will save you R20 on a day pass and R50 on a full weekend pass till Friday 21 December.
Ticket prices: (includes admission to all expo concerts during the weekend.)
Day pass: R100.00 – Early Bird R80.00
Weekend Pass: R250.00 – Early Bird R200.00
Visit www.capetattooconvention.co.za for updates about attending artists, pre-convention concerts, competitions, and info.
Also be sure to join the Southern Ink Xposure and Cape Town International Tattoo Convention facebook and Twitter groups for all the latest news about related events and artist info.