Proud Singapore will soon be owner of another great title, having “South East Asias Biggest Tattoo Convention“, and I can add one more item to my personal list of “Events you would not expect to happen in Singapore”. Where a Tattoo convention would definately rank on the same level as a Head-Shop opening ceremony or the declaration of the total freedom of speech in our own little “Speakers Corner”.
And to celebrate this unusual event, I have listed all necessary information and details about the Singapore Tattoo Convention 2009 below. So keep on reading.
Tattoo Culture In Singapore
I know that there is a generation gap between people who know tattoos only as registration mark for detention centres “visitors” (like good ol’ Mas Selamat), where by the other only know them as an additional fashion accessoirs next to their new shiny mobile cover.
I came to Singapore with the idea of finally getting a tattoo. But when i passed those little tattoo shops situated at some sleezy street around Geylang or the 6th floor of some old dusty mall for the first time, i wasnt sure anymore if i still wanted something to be on my skin forever, if i couldnt even be sure it was a Tiger Beer bottle with Chicken Rice or the pattern of my choice that just got inked into my flesh.
A Fresh Local Scene
Suprisingly i very soon after discovered that the local tattoo scene in Singapore was and is actually pretty lifely and even fresh so to call it.
There are some great artists who will welcome you with open arms, displaying their “portfolios” and drawing you personalized motives just as you wish. The accessoirs are clean and steril and there is nothing to worry about.
Im looking forward to the Singapore Tattoo Convention 2009 now, and hope to get some great inspiration, since the only reason I still havent got my Tattoo is the lack of an idea.
Singapore Tattoo Convention 2009 – Details
9th to 11th January
Hall 6B Singapore Expo
1 Day Pass – 18SD, 3 day pass 50SD (Online Ticketing is closed, buy tickets directly at the door)
- Opening Hours
Fri 1PM – 10 PM, Sa 1PM – 10PM, Su 11AM – 8PM
Over 100 booth, of which are 21 from local Tattoo Studios
Live Tattooing, Tattoo Contest (12 categories), Trade Seminars (sold out), Dragon & Lion Dancing by Nam Sieng Lion Dance and Cheng Jing Hui Dragon & Lion Dance Association
- VIP Guests
Paul Booth (Last Rites Tattooo, USA), Bob Tyrrell (Night Gallery, USA), Chris Garver (Miami Ink, USA), Reverend Ar Jahn Tong (Thailand)
Getting there by taxi / cab
The taxi fare from the airport to Singapore Expo is about $10 and to the city about $15, subject to surcharges. There is an additional surcharge of $2 for all taxis departing from the Singapore Expo.
Getting there by rail – Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line
Singapore Expo is served by its own station – Expo MRT station. To get to Singapore Expo from Changi Airport, take the east bound train. It is just one stop from Changi Airport MRT and the journey lasts only 4 minutes. Average frequency from Changi Airport station is 12 minutes. If you are coming from other parts of Singapore, transfer trains at Tanah Merah station (on the East West line) where the train will take you to Expo MRT in 3 minutes. The train station is behind Hall 6.
Getting there by car
Three major expressways link Singapore Expo to the rest of Singapore, including:
East Coast Parkway (ECP) – Pan Island Expressway (PIE) – Tampines Expressway (TPE).
There are 2,200 car park lots dedicated solely to visitors at the centre. Car park charges apply from Monday to Sunday including public holidays
The Expected Effect?
Lets hope the Singapore Tattoo Convention 2009 really has the effect of its purpose, making a wider range of people, especially local people, aware of tattooing as a form of art.
And maybe, maybe one day we will even have something like a “1st Graffiti Convention Singapore”, until then i keep on dreaming…