On the 10th, the Back in the Day Tattoo Expo took place, and it was fantastic! It was a real old school convention, with all the older tattooers in full swing, with a few of the younger guys thrown in at the deep end, too! It was a proper convention like in the old days- there was no bullshit, just tattooing- great!
Dereck Thistlewaite spoke to me about it a few days later, and he was still buzzing from it. “… I cannot describe the feeling of it all weekend. It all went off like clockwork, everyone enjoyed the get together”. There were tattooers there who hadn’t seen each other in years getting together, and they were certainly impressed with some of the younger tattooers who were working there, too.
Unfortunately, due to work commitments, I was unable to attend, however Dereck and Rat George were kind enough to share some photos, that you need to check out:
Rat also shared a poem about the day:
FOR THOSE WHO SAID IT COULDNT BE DONE
FOR THOSE WHO THOUGHT NOONE WOULD COME
AND THOSE WHO SAID YA HAVING A LAUGH
AND THOSE WHO HOPED WE WOULD FALL ON OUR ARSE
AND THOSE WHO JEERED THAT NOONE CARED
YA NOW PISSED OFF COS YOU WERENT THERE
COS LAST WEEKEND HISTORY WAS MADE
AND THE LEGENDS AND THE GANGSTAS PLAYED
COS GARY AND THE OG S PUT IT ON
AND THE NEEDLEGANGSTAS ALL STOOD STRONG
THE PEOPLE THERE WILL NEVER FORGET IT
AND THOSE WHO WERENT WILL NOW REGRET IT
BEFORE YOU DISMISS THE OLD TIME BRO S
REMEMBER TWAS THEM THAT BUILT THE ROADS
AND NEEDLEGANGSTAS,THANK YOU BROTHERS
AND A BIG FUCK YOU TO ALL THE OTHERS
I’m so glad everything went so well! Good job, guys! I think that there are many people out there who are already looking forward to the next show.