Over 300 world-famous tattoo artists get their machines buzzing to share their skillful skin art as Fortezza da Basso fills with all kinds of ink for the colourful Florence Tattoo Convention, taking place from December 1-3.
Started in 2008 by Giacomo Del Sala, Lorenzo Provvedi and Luca Lazzerini, the event brings together experts in the area who take attendees through all aspects of the art of tattooing, from ancient rituals to aesthetic wearable ornaments. Names such as Cristian Casas, Villapando, Donkoke, Pina Pain and Diamante Murru make the line-up, with even traditional tools on show. Samuel Olman and Sanya use the Mexican Olmec technique, while Kensho the II and Ryugendo showcase Japanese Tebori. The variety doesn’t stop there, with Herpianto Hendra from the Dayak tribal community of Borneo and Nordic handpoke featuring, as well as Jona’s Loreto religious tattoo.
The vast exhibition area presents a highly curated selection of works, including a photographic section by French journalist Pascal Bagot who repurposes images by the criminologist Akimitsu Takagi (1920-1995), and a collection of ancient and vintage tattoo memorabilia by Trad Tattoo. The artistry is never-ending, with paintings by Stef Bastiàn representing Dante’s Inferno through the medium of traditional tattooing and dreamlike atmospheres depicted in the digital drawings of Francesca Silvia Maurizi.
Talks also keep tattoo-lovers entertained, with Leticia Molera Vasquez presenting on tattoo rituals, ancestral practices and female initiation. Costanza Brogi explores ancient legends handed down through Horimono tattoo, and there’s even a watercolour workshop led by Stef Bastìa. Laura Rockandpainting presents a jam session of artists working on human canvases, with face painting, makeup and body decoration on offer for those wishing to join in the fun.
Independent Italian labels like WormHoleDeath, Overdrive records, Grandine records, and Dio Drone get their moment, with their music making the experience even more memorable. A tattoo contest puts artists to the test, with enticing prizes up for grabs, while a food truck area ensures an array of satisfying sustenance.
Open from midday to 11pm on December 1+2, midday to 9pm on December 3.
Tickets can be purchased via Ticketone, costing from 20 euro.