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Body art fans flock to East Endss tattoo show

PUBLISHED: 18:05 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 October 2010

Judges look for art and design

Judges look for art and design

THOUSANDS of body art enthusiasts flocked to the East End at the weekend for the fourth London Tattoo convention. Ink fans from all over the world came to Wapping for the annual event which included burlesque dancers, snake charmers and fire-eaters as we

THOUSANDS of body art enthusiasts flocked to the East End at the weekend for the fourth London Tattoo convention.

Ink fans from all over the world came to Wapping for the annual event which included burlesque dancers, snake charmers and fire-eaters as well as body art competitions.

Nearly 200 of the world's top tattooists were on hand exhibiting their work and adding to the tattoos of the thousands of punters who converged on Tobacco Dock on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Last year more than 20,000 fans of body art packed Brick Lane's Old Truman Brewery to the rafters and hundreds had to be turned away.

But this year, the fourth London International Tattoo Convention moved to a bigger home at the former shopping centre which has lain unused for more than a decade.

The three-day convention was packed with top tattoo artists flying in from as far away as Japan, China, Thailand and Singapore as well as Europe, America, and the UK.

Punters browsed the underground vault floor which contained a fetish market, an alternative market, coffee shops and licensed bars.

Visitors to the convention joined in the show when they exhibited their own body art in a series of competitions to win the title of best tribal tattoo, best back-piece, best black and grey, best colours or best of show.

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