The Costa Blanca’s first ever tattoo convention on your doorstep…

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THE three-day event, organised by RKA Tattoos and Benidorm All Year Round, takes place from Friday through to Sunday and has received full support from Benidorm Town Hall and the Tourism Board, who have been busy promoting it at travel fairs all across Europe.

RTN caught up with lead-organiser, Karen Cowles of RKA Tattoos, who is also heavily involved in various organisations throughout Benidorm, in a bid to find out what inspired her to organise the convention.

´In talks with the Town Hall and Tourism Board, it was identified that Benidorm needed something new, something different to attract visitors and tourists to the area. Being in the tattoo industry, I was aware of tattoo conventions taking place all across the world and soon realised the gap in the market´.

´Tattoos are everywhere and are rapidly losing their stigma in society. The purpose of the convention is of course to attract ink fans to the area but also to showcase the art of the tattoo industry´.

´Across the weekend, there will of course be many tattoo artists demonstrating their skills and taking part in competitions but the event also boasts a hugely interactive programme, with a Siamese circus act, special FX make-up artists and body painters, a 50s fashion show, burlesque models, children´s workshop and more´.

Promising something for all the family, guests will be enthralled by shows and demonstrations, contests, live tattooing and piercing, music and guest appearances by some well-known faces.

Over 40 stall holders will set up in the early hours of Friday morning – with tattoo and piercing artists from both here in Spain and many also traveling over from the UK to take part.

The Hotel Mediterraneo is located opposite the iconic Benidorm Palace on Av. Dr. Severo Ochoa. Tickets cost 10€ per day or 25€ for full 3-day access. Tickets are available on the door so get yourself down to enjoy all the event has to offer!

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