HOUSTON, TX - Tattoos are a permanent art, so it's important to do your research before inking up. However, figuring out which artist, style, and tattoo are right for you is much easier when you have dozens of professionals right in one room. The Houston Texas Tattoo Extravaganza is making life easier for all those in the market for a new piece, with the three-day event they're hosting at the Hyatt Regency downtown this weekend.
"It's a chance for people to come and see quality tattooers, but to be able to come in one room and basically shop all the quality shops in Houston all at one time," said event organizer Don Patton.
Patton says the Houston event is a spin-off of the San Antonio event he's helped host for the last decade, and is happy to be bringing the show back to Houston for a second year. Patton is proud to say the event is put on by tattooers, both local and beyond.
Many Houstonian artists, alongside tattooers from all over Texas and the country lined the ballroom ready to showcase their work and talk tatting.
"You have so many styles of tattooing now that have evolved over time, with the way ink is made, the types of tools we can use to do the tattoos, so you can do anything from watercolor to traditional to portraiture to black and grey. It's endless honestly," said artist Amy Shandick of Precisely Veiled Tattoo in Killeen.
"Fads come and go, and we try to guide them and educate them in what's not a good idea, like tramp stamps. I'm the first one to tell them, 'you realize this is a tramp stamp, okay?'," added Johnny Jackson of Houston's own Texas Body Art.
Regardless if you're looking for your first piece, or if you're running out of skin to sketch on, the Extravaganza has someone ready to talk or tat you this weekend.
For more information on the event, you can visit their website here.