O2 Academy, Bournemouth

26th & 27th May 2012

Bournemouth Tattoo Convention

In 2012 The Bournemouth Tattoo Convention will be four years old and to celebrate they have pulled together some of the finest tattooists that the world has to offer, as well as an entertainment line-up that will equal a great weekend in anybodies diary. Attendees of this 4th Bournemouth Convention range from ages 18 to 60 with visitors from all over the UK and beyond making the trip to Bournemouth for the event.

Bournemouth Tattoo Convention

Of course, central to any Tattoo Convention are the artists themselves, the people who apply ink to skin. And you could not hope for a better line-up of talent from around the world. If you thought that one tattooist was the same as another, you would be very wrong. It’s a world of styles and techniques and if you are looking for a tattoo, it’s worth exploring your options. The Tattooists appearing this year are from as far afield as Japan as well as some of the most high profile UK and European artists. You will be able to see a full list at the website but as a taster of who will be in town, some top names include:

Bournemouth Tattoo Convention

Oddboy from Real Art Tattoo, one of the UK’s best upcoming talents. Jo Harrisson, the UK’s leading female tattooist, Dorothy Lyczeck who is flying in from the USA for the Bournemouth convention (she has cancelled!) and Tomoya Akitsu from Hori Kei in Japan. Tomoya is a traditional hand tapping tattooist and whilst in the UK he will be doing a guest spot at Indelible Tattoo Studio in Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth. So those of you who want something a little different should go to the Bournemouth Tattoo Convention website, find Tomoya under “Artists” and book in with him via his Facebook link.

Bournemouth Tattoo Convention

Specially chosen from the best of local talent, the music line-up is a varied and eclectic mix of styles, which will be spread across two stages. The Main Stage and the Gallery Bar Acoustic Stage. Throughout the weekend whether you like the laid back Roots Of ‘Coke Can Jack‘, The Blues of Harpin’ On, the Ukulele 3 piece ‘Mother Ukers’, the experimental Rock of ‘Evolver’ or the Latino Reggae vibes of ‘Pachango’ you will be catered for with 25 bands and acoustic musicians for all tastes.

Those of you that want a new fashion accessory will also be catered for with a carefully selected collection of traders in original and unique fashion items and accessories. This year the traders offer retro dresses, and the accessories to go with them, as well as hand made ceramics, from Dancing Plates, Jewellery and Accessories from Miss Foo Foo Von Ladygarden and all sorts of other unique items to indulge you in the culture and lifestyle of the tattoo scene.

Bournemouth Tattoo Convention

The Fuel Girls, Black Fire & Twisted to Fit
The Fuel Girls were, without doubt one of the entertainment highlights of last years convention, so we are extremely happy to be able to announce their return, alongside special appearances from the amazing performers of Black Fire. 

The Fuel Girls and Black Fire will be creating four brand new themed shows for 2012 so those of you who know them will have something completely new to look forward to. We will see the return of aerial artists Teta, Jade and Naomi, sword dancing and tribal dance from Leah Debrincat and exciting percussion from Grandmaster Ash. There will be two new performers in the show for 2012, Aerial artist ‘Sasha’, and we are particularly pleased to announce the arrival from Japan of Yusura. Yusura became a fully-fledged circus performer when she was registered as an official Cirque du Soleil member in 2006. She was also a sought-after performer for secret events held for Hollywood stars and other celebrities visiting Japan, prompting Tim Burton to comment “Yusura is a gorgeous space alien.”, In addition to The Fuel Girls, we welcome the return of ‘Twisted to Fit’ with new Creature Creations, they will be performing as the Militant Mutants throughout the weekend.

Line Up of Events
26th May
Main Stage
12pm Verbatim
12:45pm The Fuel Girls
1:15pm Coke Can Jack
2pm Yellowgroove
2:45pm The Fuel Girls
3:15pm Evolver
4pm Mutant Vinyl
4:45pm Wasted Generation
6pm The Fuel Girls
7-9pm Competition

Gallery Stage
1pm Mel Latimer
1:45pm Ben Waugh
2:30pm Ed Graves
3:15pm Mischa
4pm Tim Somerfield
4:45pm Karl Hayman
5:30pm Milk Machine

27th May
Main Stage
12pm Chris Woodford
12:45pm The Fuel Girls
1:15pm Tom Ptolemny
2pm Mother Ukers
2:45pm The Fuel Girls
3:15pm Harpin’ On
4pm The Fuel Girls
4:30pm Pachango
5:15pm The Fuel Girls
6-8pm Competition

Gallery Stage
1pm Sean Gary Palmer
1:45pm Vida
2:30pm Andy Stock
3:15pm Steve Perry
4pm Kimari Raven
4:45pm Catherine Burke

Aftershow Party at Chaplins, Cellar Bar, Boscombe

8pm DJ Lively
9pm Know One
10:30pm Disco’s Out(Murders In)
11:30pm DJ Lively

Promo video

To give you an idea of what you will see at the 2012 Bournemouth Tattoo Convention you can see a promotional trailer on the home-page of the website

Tickets are available on-line from:


Cash tickets available from…

Indelible Tattoo, 179 Old Christchirch Road, Bournemouth Town Centre 

Paradox, 169a Old Christchirch Road, Bournemouth Town Centre

Family Ink, 12 Sea Road, Boscombe

INK, 256 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Poole

Adorned , 137a Commercial Road, Parkstone, Poole

02 Academy, 570 Old Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth

Visit http://www.bournemouthtattooconvention.co.uk/ for more details

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