Tattoo festival brings color to low-season Pattaya

0
5136

Tattoo enthusiasts and artists converged on the Hard Rock Hotel as the International Tattoo Festival returned to Pattaya.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, Thani Vacharapornsophon, managing director of AIM Global Services Co., and Mark August, owner of Bloodline, opened the Aug. 24-25 show intended to drive low season tourism and raise Thai tattoo artists to international standards.

Last held in 2011, the show featured 38 booths offering tattoo and body art supplies and tattooing, as well as a lecture on body-inking hygiene from Bussapha Songsakulchai of the Pattaya Public Health Department.

Sweet painted ladies show off their beautiful tattoos at the 3rd Pattaya International Tattoo Convention.Sweet painted ladies show off their beautiful tattoos at the 3rd Pattaya International Tattoo Convention.

“Thais still look at tattoo artists, and those with tattoos on their bodies, in a negative light,” noted Suchart  Suksaen, president of Pattaya Tattoo Club. “At this point, I urge people to open their hearts and change their attitudes since a tattoo artist earns quite well and will also help promote tourism.”

Bussapha Songsakulchai, Pattaya Public Health scholar, speaks on sanitation regarding body art to promote clean tattooing.Bussapha Songsakulchai, Pattaya Public Health scholar, speaks on sanitation regarding body art to promote clean tattooing.

Interested people visit one of the booths at the 3rd Pattaya International Tattoo Convention at the Hard Rock Hotel.Interested people visit one of the booths at the 3rd Pattaya International Tattoo Convention at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Happy Three Friends provide the musical entertainment for the event.Happy Three Friends provide the musical entertainment for the event.

Many brave souls took advantage of the convention to get new tattoos.Many brave souls took advantage of the convention to get new tattoos.

Adding some color to a new tattoo.Adding some color to a new tattoo.

The convention featured 38 booths offering tattoo and body art supplies.The convention featured 38 booths offering tattoo and body art supplies.

A lot of time and effort went into these girls’ tattoos.A lot of time and effort went into these girls’ tattoos.

Tattoo festival brings color to low-season Pattaya

PMTV