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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Tattooists again set to make their mark in Carlisle

Tattooists from across the UK and abroad are poised to make their mark in Carlisle.

Tattooists photo
Organisers Colin Fell and Mike Haslam

Flesh is set to be transformed by a range of colours and designs this weekend as crowds pack a city venue for the seventh annual celebration of body art.

Thousands have attended the North Lakes Tattoo Show in previous years and tickets are selling fast for this year’s event on Saturday and Sunday.

Artists come from across Europe and even the Far East to show their skills, with customers also travelling from throughout the UK.

About 60 tattooists are due to attend, with T-shirts and jewellery also on sale at The Shepherds’ Inn and Auctioneer at Rosehill.

In previous years the air has buzzed with the noise of electric needles inking art onto bodies, with customers lying on beds as artists go to work while others watch.

The event is organised by Mike Haslam and Colin Fell, of Mike’s Tattoos on London Road, Carlisle. Mr Haslam said: “We used to go all over, to Rome, Milan, Liechtenstein.

“We met so many people and good artists, we thought why don’t we bring something like this to Carlisle?

“It’s grown and grown and it keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s now one that all the top artists want to work at.”

Mr Haslam said the event also boosts Carlisle’s economy, with artists booking rooms at hotels and bed & breakfast businesses.

“The artists often bring a partner and a helper,” he added. “We’ve got them coming from Holland, we’ve had them in the past from Thailand.

“The people at the event are coming from all over. We’ve had ticket sales from Nottingham, Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow.”

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