This weekend the 4th International Tattoo Convention has being held here in Kathmandu. There are over 100 professional tattoo artists from 22 different countries at the event, so anybody who has dreamed about getting a tattoo by an artist from Japan, UK, Italy, France, USA, India can easily do that just by coming at the Convention, they all are there in one place. I have no plans of getting a tattoo yet but I did go to the gathering. Actually, this year it was my second time. The first time I attended the Convention two years ago. I see tattooing as a form of art, I enjoy looking at different designs that people inked on their bodies. I know many are still prejudiced against the tattooed persons, they associate them with criminals and violence. Historically tattooing was indeed done by criminals, sex workers or sailors. But it is not like this any more. Though some guys did look a bit tough there was not the slightest hint of rudeness in their behavior. All were polite, smiley, friendly. Nobody objected to being photographed.
At such event you expect at least some people would be dressed and accessorized a bit differently. Below are a few photographs of interesting outfits and accessories that I caught with my camera. And here what I wore for the Convention: black skinnies, a tiger print t-shirt and a hand-made bracelet-and-ring set.
Now, have a look at the participants and visitors of the Nepal Tattoo Convention, with accent on their dress and accessories, not tattoos.
These two guys I remember from my first visit. Here they are, two years back, posing for a photo with a Nepali. The guys are from the UK.
Have a nice day!
Read part 2 Tattoo Convention: hairstyles