Model above: Eric Liyah Kane
Poznań Tattoo Konwent
one of the biggest tattoo convention in Poland
On April 6-7 the 28th edition of Tattoo Konwent took place in Poznań. 30 prizes for best tattoos were awarded among 500 tattoo artists who took part in the event. The event was visited by close to 10.000 body art enthusiasts, which means that the last year’s attendance record has been beaten yet again. The live main stage was the greatest novelty of this year’s first edition of the festival. The special effects that kept the stage alive were also used in an original 3D mapping show by INK3D, presenting the history and the future of tattoo arts.
Poznań is the greatest edition in the Tattoo Konwent cycle. It has been its fourth time in the venues of the Poznań International Fair and it enjoyed immense interest among visitors. The exhibition zone was filled with stalls with as many as 500 tattoo artists. As tradition goes, the artists showed their works in best tattoo contests. The jury composed of: Sergey Buthenko, Jarek “Goraj” Gorajek, and Aleksandra Kozubska, selected the best tattoos. The jury was also aided by Ryan Smith. 32 artists were awarded, including: Szymon from Golden Watch Tattoo, Jaromir from White Rabbit Tattoo, Kostian from Bad Mojo, Bartosz from Caffeine Tattoo, Yarson from Yarson Tattoo Studio, and, in two categories, Agryp from Tattoo.pl. The Best Tattoo Day I award went to Michał from Tasty Tattoo, and the Best Tattoo Day II award – to Karolina from White Rabbit Tattoo. The prize in the new Two-Day Tattoo & Collaborations category was awarded to Andrzej from the studio Scarlett.
On Saturday evening the public was entertained by an electrifying show brought to them by the alternative group Bokka. Both on Saturday and Sunday tattoo lovers could watch alternative performances on the main stage: a fire show by Mike Garcia, and a knife throwing and sword swallowing performance by The Death Do Us Part Danger Show. An original multi-media performance using 3D mapping technology and produced by Tattoo Konwent, was the main attraction of the festival. INK3D presents tattoo history from prehistoric times until the future. Its authors share a vision of tattoo art development in the context of the expansion of new technologies. The show also pointed to various social contexts in which tattooing is set, as well as all tattoo styles. It all took place on the main stage, which was alive all through the festival thanks to amazing animations. Its production involved a cooperation of Tattoo Konwent with the scriptwriter Aga Szuścik and the 3D mapping and animation specialist Tomasz Gawroński – founder of Tving Stage Design and WRR Crew.
Several zones were active during the festival, such as: motorization, food, chill, and children animation zones. The Poznań International Fair venues also hosted photographic exhibitions by Aga Szuścik and Kamila Burzymowska, as well as paintings by Julien Thiebers and Tomasz Błaszczak. Other attractions included Mustache Yard Sale vol. 31 fashion fair, Short Track Roller Derby, a seminar on grayscale and color tattoo, the action entitled Zrób Portret u Watemborskiego (Make a portrait at Watemborski’s) and the Saturday after party at Młyńska 12.
As always, apart from magnificent tattoos and totally amazing attractions, we could admire beautiful, tattooed people. Sit down comfortably and see for yourself who visited Poznań Tattoo Konwent 2019!
ALL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN BY KAMILA BURZYMOWSKA.