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In the ink at the London Tattoo Convention

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:01

Tattoo fans from across the globe attend the most prestigious gathering of tattoo artists at The London International Tattoo Convention. Tara Cleary reports.

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They lined up in their hundreds for a chance to be tattooed by their favorite artist. London's 10th International Tattoo Convention featured 340 of the world's top inking specialists, including for the first time, the godfather of the business, Don Ed Hardy. SOUNDBITE: Ed Hardy, tattoo artist, saying (English): "When I started tattooing in 1967 there were about 500 tattooers in all of North America, there's about 5,000 in Los Angeles County now. It's such a global phenomenon." In Britain, it's estimated that at least a third of all adults have gone under the needle. And having to fit the creation of a tattoo into one long session during the convention makes it all the more painful, with no time for the skin to heal. But for most, it's an opportunity not to be missed. SOUNDBITE: Ian Wall, getting tattoo done, saying (English): "I'm a bit of a collector and I'm a big fan of Victor. So I managed to e-mail him and managed to tie up, and so that's why I'm here getting this piece today." More than 20,000 people were expected to attend the three-day event.

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In the ink at the London Tattoo Convention

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:01

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