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August 28, 2013
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Ink on display this weekend

Even bad tattoos will have the opportunity for recognition at the South Shore this weekend.

The 2013 Lake Tahoe Tattoo Convention includes a contest for “crappiest tattoo” on Sunday, the final day of the event.

A quick internet search reveals there is no shortage of bad tattoos in the world, but there may be one less after Sunday’s contest, as the winner of the “crappiest tattoo” will receive a coupon for a free coverup at Tahoe Tattoo, according to event promoters.

But the main focus of the event will be on finding some of the best tattoos around.

“The Lake Tahoe Tattoo Convention Welcomes some of the finest artists in tattooing to this year’s convention — three days of tattooing, piercing, contests, music, performances, seminars, good people and good times,” according to promoters.

The convention includes more than 50 artists from throughout California and from as far away as Florida and features master tattooer Shotsie Gorman. Gorman’s tattoo water color illustrations blend both ancient and modern techniques, according to his website.

“For thirty three years now Shotsie has been a media personality, tattoo diplomat, master tattoo artist and international representative of tattooing as a significant art form,” according to the site. “His tattoos are a magical blend of your dreams and concepts and his skill of intuitive interpretation.”

The Lake Tahoe Tattoo Convention also includes T.J. Hall, Mark Matthews and Kay Kutta from the “Ink Masters” reality TV show. The program, now in its third season, puts a group of tattoo artists through a series of tattooing challenges, eliminating contestants until the “Ink Master” is crowned.

Another highlight of the tattoo convention is tattooing by The Enigma, a performer who is covered in blue puzzle-piece tattoos and counts a set of implanted horns among his distinctive traits. He will perform his freak show act Sunday as well.

The Lake Tahoe Tattoo Convention runs from 12-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Friday and Sunday tickets are $10. Saturday tickets are $15. Three-day tickets are $30. Live music will be featured each day.

Friday contests include best Asian tattoo, best sleeve, best back tattoo and best leg tattoo. Saturday contests include categories for traditional tattoo, best black and white tattoos and best color tattoos. Sunday includes contests for realistic tattoos, best portraits, most unusual and best lettering, as well as a best in show contest. Each of the three days includes a tattoo of the day contest.

More information, including how to schedule an appointment with one of the artists attending the convention, is available at

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 29, 2013 04:23PM Published Aug 30, 2013 08:12PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.