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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Carlisle tattoo convention pulls in 2,000 ink fans

Tattooists proved the big draw in Carlisle as nearly 2,000 people flocked to a celebration of body art.

Carlisle tattoo convetion photo

The air buzzed with the noise of electric needles inking designs onto bodies as the annual North Lakes Tattoo Show was held in the city, pulling in punters from across Cumbria and the UK.

Some of the 60 body artists came from abroad, with organisers saying the event has grown in popularity each year.

Among those having a new tattoo at the two-day weekend event was John Little, 47, of Granville Road, off Wigton Road, Carlisle.

He was having a portrait inked onto his chest of his dog, Buster. It was to go alongside tattoos he already had on his legs and arm. “I just love them,” he said. “I always have, since I was a boy. It’s a way of expressing yourself and what you like.”

Andrea Large, of Scotby Close, off Durranhill Road, Carlisle, was having a tattoo on her leg of Agent 47 from the video game, Hitman. She said: “I love it. I’ve only missed one year.”

Rachel Gaw of Workington, had chosen to have a tattoo of a girl with a bee and honey tiara. She was also working at a jewellery stall at the show.

“It’s fantastic here,” she said. “This is my fourth year here. It’s a brilliant weekend, the first date on the social calendar.”

The event, at The Shepherds’ Inn and Auctioneer at Rosehill, gives a boost to the Carlisle economy, with artists booking rooms at hotels and bed-and-breakfast businesses.

Tickets were sold to people from places including Nottingham, Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

The event is organised by Mike Haslam and Colin Fell, of Mike’s Tattoos in London Road, Carlisle.

Mr Haslam said demand was going up.

“We’re looking in future to do a three-day event,” he added.

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