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Old School Tattoo Expo 

The 2011 St. Louis Old School Tattoo Expo, held from November 10-13 at the downtown Holiday Inn Select, brought nationally recognized tattoo artists into town for a weekend of exhibits and on-the-spot inking. Photos by Crystal Rolfe.
Crystal Rolfe
There were many examples of the "old school" tattoo styles on display at the convention.
Crystal Rolfe
Jessie Tranter is working on a knee piece for his wife Michelle.
Crystal Rolfe
Some tattoo artists also created tattoo guns to sell at the show.
Crystal Rolfe
Renegade has been tattooing for 57 years!
Crystal Rolfe
James Kern working on yet another piece for Yall who is covered head to toe.
Crystal Rolfe
Here is just one beautiful example of black and gray portrait work.
Crystal Rolfe
Trent DeMichelle and Debra MacDonald show off a torso that they are getting signed this weekend.
Crystal Rolfe
Deborah MacDonald poses with her daughter Pia Hogue and her magazine cover shot.
Crystal Rolfe
A gallery area was set up to display works of art NOT on the body as well.
Crystal Rolfe
Tattoo conventions bring couples together.
Crystal Rolfe
Jeff Cornell from Hidden Hand works on a back piece for Lisa.
Crystal Rolfe
Bjorne Cole.
Crystal Rolfe
Kyle Scarborough from St. Louis Tattoo works on Bjorne Cole's Xerxes tattoo.
Crystal Rolfe
Dustin and Stacey are regulars at the convention.
Crystal Rolfe
Andi puts in some more hours for her body art project with Rich Vader Cseri from Waukesha Tattoo Company.
Crystal Rolfe
Various tattoo guns on display by Rich Fisher... a different art form.
Crystal Rolfe
Little flowers on Phyllis Weiss' hands to add to her growing collection.
Crystal Rolfe
Rich Fisher's booth.
Crystal Rolfe
Marilyn's portrait is beautifully rendered by Chris Saint Clark.
Crystal Rolfe
Rows and rows of artists to choose from.
Crystal Rolfe
Jeremy Justice from Seattle signs one of his prints for sale.
Crystal Rolfe
Tattoo art can also be enjoyed on paper.
Crystal Rolfe
Jessie Tranter's portrait work.
Crystal Rolfe
Skull with tentacles... yeah, it could happen.
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Shark attack!
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Wolf tattoo by Wolfie from Tennessee.
Crystal Rolfe
Scotty Munster heads off to the "Best in Show" contest with his shark tattoo.
Crystal Rolfe
There was beauty all around at the show, including this shoulder piece by Joe from Iron Age.
Crystal Rolfe
Lyle Tuttle, celebrating his 80th birthday, poses with a shirt created with the print design of his very own body tattoos.
Crystal Rolfe
Lyle Tuttle still has what it takes with the ladies.
Crystal Rolfe
Finishing up a samurai tattoo to make it in time for the contests.
Crystal Rolfe
Marilyn was showing up on all sorts of body parts.
Crystal Rolfe
When you run out of room on your body, you can always shave your head.
Crystal Rolfe
Shark tattoo by Scotty Munster.
Crystal Rolfe
Lyle Tuttle memorabilia.
Crystal Rolfe
The Tranters.
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Crystal Rolfe
There were many examples of the "old school" tattoo styles on display at the convention.
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