Everyone I know has been going mental about this. A new tattoo convention (if you’d like to call it that!) in London has always sounded like a shit idea, and as soon as I heard it’s a tattoo/fashion show, I didn’t think it was real and laughed my little geordie head off. Well, it is, and it’s once again a Stuart Mears nightmare brought to life by a lovely team of dimwitted bastards.
I won’t try explaining, I’ll leave that to the mighty Chad Koeplinger, who put it perfectly:
It has come to my attention that there is another leech trying to cash in on tattooing trying to make another convention in London. There is only one London tattoo convention, the one put on by miki Vialetto in October. If you have any respect at all for tattooing you will not participate and boycott “the great British tattoo show”, and skin deep magazine in general. It’s the equivalent of wallmart. Absolutely what tattooing does not need. If you support this show in anyway please do not have anything to do with me.
Miki Vialetto, the organiser of the ONLY real London convention, also had some words to share, which you can see here. They’re eloquently written and worth your time. The letter is on Tattoo Artist magazine’s blog, which you can see in full here (sorry, John!).
Boycotting this show, in my opinion, isn’t exactly the worst thing you can do. I think things like this are pathetic. They take the piss out of tattooers and those who have tattoos, nevermind those who already put hard work into the real London Convention. I think you guys would be doing yourselves a favour if you decided not to attend this. I wanted to make you guys aware, because there’s always someone who doesn’t know about these kinds of things and accidentally winds up putting money into the wrong hands.
In all honesty though, I’m not sticking up for Stuart Mears, but I don’t think he’s the only person who does this kind of thing. Why not boycott their shows, too? Why not decide to only give your money, presence and good will to conventions that deserve it? I know Mears isn’t the only person who’s setting up a convention in a location where there already is one. I also know he isn’t the only one who holds abysmal conventions. Vote with your feet.
Anyway, I’m going to shut up before some tattooed ‘businessman’ sues me. Take a look at Miki’s blog post though, I’d just like to bring this to your attention.
Oh, and no, I won’t be going to the dogshit Fake London Convention or writing about it. You can expect stuff about the Real London Convention next year, though.