November 13, 2011

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.
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There were many examples of the "old school" tattoo styles on display at the convention.
Crystal Rolfe
There were many examples of the "old school" tattoo styles on display at the convention.
Jessie Tranter is working on a knee piece for his wife Michelle.
Crystal Rolfe
Jessie Tranter is working on a knee piece for his wife Michelle.
Some tattoo artists also created tattoo guns to sell at the show.
Crystal Rolfe
Some tattoo artists also created tattoo guns to sell at the show.
Renegade has been tattooing for 57 years!
Crystal Rolfe
Renegade has been tattooing for 57 years!
James Kern working on yet another piece for Yall who is covered head to toe.
Crystal Rolfe
James Kern working on yet another piece for Yall who is covered head to toe.
Here is just one beautiful example of black and gray portrait work.
Crystal Rolfe
Here is just one beautiful example of black and gray portrait work.
Trent DeMichelle and Debra MacDonald show off a torso that they are getting signed this weekend.
Crystal Rolfe
Trent DeMichelle and Debra MacDonald show off a torso that they are getting signed this weekend.
Deborah MacDonald poses with her daughter Pia Hogue and her magazine cover shot.
Crystal Rolfe
Deborah MacDonald poses with her daughter Pia Hogue and her magazine cover shot.
A gallery area was set up to display works of art NOT on the body as well.
Crystal Rolfe
A gallery area was set up to display works of art NOT on the body as well.
Tattoo conventions bring couples together.
Crystal Rolfe
Tattoo conventions bring couples together.