Here’s the second of three photography posts from my weekend spent at the 23rd Annual South Florida Tattoo Expo. This annual event, which was held at the Coral Springs Marriott not only featured the best tattoo artists in all of South Florida but a truckload of live bands, a burlesque show, hot body contest, car show, local vendors, and human suspension (the act of suspending a human body from hooks that have been put through the skin!). And here’s the best part: all proceeds benefitted the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; and it’s been that way since year one. Yeah, that’s right, these “nefarious” tattoo artists are actually doing good. Who woulda thunk it?
No, I don’t have any tattoos on my body. Just wanted to put that out there before I go any further. Why? Well, I’m just way too indecisive to settle on an image that I would want on a part of my body for the rest of my life. First of all, I would spend hours/days/months (sleepless nights!) obsessing over which image would be the perfect one for me. Then, if I were to actually decide on one (which is highly unlikely), I’ll probably come up with another image that I should have gotten about a week after my tattoo healed and would be kicking myself for not realizing it. Next thing you know, I’d be covered up to my neck with tattoos, out a few thousand dollars and in need of therapy. Why put Mrs. Perez through that sort of hell? Nuff said about that.
Now, just because I don’t have any tattoos doesn’t mean that I’m not intrigued by them. I mean, it’s an art form, a very unique art form – and as a collector of art and lover of street art and art museums, tattoo art and its artists have always been a curiosity to me. So with the South Florida Tattoo Expo being held last week right here in my backyard of Coral Springs, it was time to satisfy that curiosity. Somewhat.
I’ve known about the expo for several years and have wanted to drop in and check it out ever since but for whatever reason, I never did. That all changed this year after I reached out to Lisa Brodeur-Quinter, who along with her husband Joey, are the event directors of this event. I told her I’d like to document the event and create a short promo video (at no cost to them). She agreed and threw in several free weekend passes for me and my “crew” (my daughter and Mrs. Perez) and I was finally on my way.