Body art attracts thousands to Wapping tattoo convention

THOUSANDS of people flocked to admire body art at the annual International London Tattoo Convention held at a former warehouse in Wapping.

This was the third year that the event has been held at Tobacco Dock off Pennington Street and attracted an estimated 20,000 visitors keen to admire the work of tattoists from all over the world and even get a tattoo themselves.

Built as a warehouse in 1812 to store tobacco unloaded from ships visiting London the grade 1 listed building was home to body art and tattoo artists from all over the world at the event which is fast becoming a fixture on London’s alternative scene.

One of the event organisers Roland Hyams said: “It was very successful and the event was very busy and we have already booked the same venue for the last weekend of September next year.”

The world’s most tattooed man Lucky Diamond Rich was one of the big draws at the three day event. The performance artist from Australia swallows swords and juggles with machetes and chain saws.

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