Motor City Tattoo Expo: On the Road in Detroit
I also ran into Dawn Cooke and got to talk to her about some of the new things she is working on, and got some feedback from her on a few new things that TAM has been working on as well. It’s always good to get feedback and I appreciated her sharing those thoughts with me. I also got to see Leo Zulueta and Mike Aul from Spiral Tattoo. Leo is one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met, and I was stoked he came up this year and hung out at the booth for a while. “Everyone should give Leo five bucks!” I’m pretty sure I had conversation with someone that ended in that statement… Ha-ha!
As for the convention itself on Saturday… wow! It was packed. It reminded me of what the New York convention looks like on Saturday. Balls to walls people. I mean, I know when a convention is busy when attendees start asking me to see “my portfolio” and “Do I have any openings today?” Umm… do you see all these magazines? I actually told someone I was a “journalist” and not a tattooer… –that was a fun reaction to watch. But these are my two favorite questions people asked me at my booth, (which is clearly not a tattoo booth) “Do you have any hummingbirds?” or “I’m looking for a dragon…” Cool. I’m looking for a girl that doesn’t hate baseball and isn’t allergic to the kitchen! Ha-ha. I mean, I could have done like four tattoos on Saturday… that’s how busy it was!
Sunday night after the show Mark Heggie, Big Top Tattoo (who I had never met before, or remembered meeting) took us all out to dinner at Slow’s BBQ. HOLY SHIT, was that place awesome! I seriously put myself in a food coma. Mark was super hospitable… he kept offering everyone food and “off-menu” desserts –it was insane. One of the best after-tat-con-meals I had ever had. Just don’t get the vegetarian chicken… apparently vegetarian chicken at a BBQ place is not good –shocking! Ha. Anyway, Mark, if you're out there I will be contacting you next year fo-sho! Thanks again. However, all joking aside, hats off to Tramp and the Eternal Ink staff for getting us a booth last minute and really running a very seamless convention. This is really one of the best shows in the country –from the artists, to the staff, to the venue. Although, Detroit Marriott, I have a bone to pick with you and your concentric circle monolith of a hotel… Why can I not smoke outside of the lobby bar anymore? What a pain in the ass that was. I understand you have a no smoking law that just passed, but seriously –it’s outside! I think this is the only convention that I smoked less than a pack of cigarettes for the duration of the show…Oh, well. I guess I’ll live longer now?
Thank you Detroit Rock City, and GOOD NIGHT!!!