When you’re looking for tattoo inspiration, going straight to the source is a surefire way to deliver. At a tattoo show, you get to talk with artists in person about their techniques, explore a broad range of styles, and see their skills in person. We can’t think of a better way to get fresh ideas!
Wondering, “Where can I find tattoo conventions near me?” Tattoo shows take place throughout Australia, welcoming tattoo lovers and industry professionals from around the world. You’ll get exposure to new styles and trends, along with potential artists for your work. And if you’re ready to get ink done at a tattoo festival, you may be able to get a new tattoo on the spot!
Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, some of these events could be cancelled, rescheduled, or held virtually. If you’re interested in one or more of these tattoo conventions, check the show’s website regularly to learn about any changes. Once you register, you’ll receive updates based on local conditions and travel restrictions.
Ready to attend the industry’s biggest body art expos and tattoo festivals of the year? Here’s a sneak peek at some of the next tattoo conventions coming up in 2021 that you won’t want to miss. This 2021 tattoo convention calendar delivers something for everyone.
In addition to all of these tattoo shows, you can find worldwide tattoo events in countries from Denmark to Vietnam and everywhere in between. If international travel is feasible in 2021, you might consider looking outside Australia for your next piece of body art!
April 8-10, 2022: Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival | MelbourneHeld at the Royal Exhibition Building, Rites of Passage is a gathering of more than 250+ tattoo artists from Australia and around the globe. Tattoo enthusiasts can enjoy live music, giveaways from top tattoo retailers and brands, and access to the exclusive Rites of Passage Food Truck Park. This is a true celebration of multiculturalism, body art, and diversity that tattoo lovers can look forward to every year.
July 23-25: Australian Tattoo Expo | BrisbaneHeld at the Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre, the Australian Tattoo Expo tour is a series of events that make up Australia’s biggest platform for tattoo artists and body art lovers. This year, the tour is bringing new entertainment from the Renegade Club and access to more than 250+ highly skilled tattoo artists from Australia and beyond. The expo is perhaps most famous for its riveting tattoo competitions that pit the world’s most talented artists against each other.
September 3-5: Australian Tattoo Expo | PerthHosted at the Perth Exhibition & Convention Centre, the Perth Tattoo & Body Art Expo is a fan-favourite event that brings hundreds of artists from around the world under one roof. If you’re curious about the latest trends in body art and tattooing, this is the place for you. Artists will be providing tattoos on the spot. This event is part of a larger tattoo touring expo provided by Australia Tattoo Expo Tours.
October 22-24: Australian Tattoo Expo | SydneyAustralia’s most popular tattoo convention is heading to Sydney in October. Visitors can get their first (or next!) tattoo on the spot from their pick of more than 250+ world-class artists. This event is Australia’s largest and continues to grow in size and fun each year. Artists can apply to be a vendor or explore the convention to learn more about body art trends and techniques. All ages are welcome to attend—kids 12 and under enter for free!
December 3-5: Australian Tattoo Expo | MelbourneAustralia’s largest tattoo touring expo, the Australia Tattoo Expo, is taking over the exhibition and convention centre in Melbourne for a weekend of all things body art. This event brings best-in-class tattoo artists from around the world to give tattoos on the spot and show you what’s hot in tattoo trends and techniques. This is a family-friendly event complete with live music and entertainment, tattoo competitions, a food truck park, and more!