“Mario Barthâ€™s Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth 2010 was put on in early October at the Mandalay Bay. Forty thousand people were in attendance along with the biggest number of tattoo artists and many icons in the industry.
Tattoo legends like Bowery Stan Moskowitz, Mark Mahoney, Bill Salmon, Horitoshi 1, were all under the same roof with younger superstars like Mike Demasi, Boris from Hungary, Nikko Hurtado, and Bob Tyrrell.
Next yearâ€™s show is gearing up to be an even bigger. It will be put on at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, in the heart of the Las Vegas strip and also home to Barthâ€™s Tattoo Studio and Night Club called King Ink.”
Here’s an interesting look at the recent Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival held just outside of Bangkok.
Above is an actual image of the tattoo Angelina Jolie received during her visit with tattooist Ajarn Noo in 2004.
“For many, tattoos can be a sign of rebellion, individuality or fashion. For Thai devotees of sak yant tattoos, they offer promises of superhuman powers and protection against everything from bullets to accidents.
At the recent Wat Bang Phra Tattoo Festival, held outside of Bangkok, believers and curious spectators from all over Thailand gathered to pay respects to the temple’s master tattooist monks.
CNN correspondent Dan Rivers paid a visit to this year’s festival, reporting that “Wat Bang Phra resembles a lunatic asylum as hundreds of apparently insane tattooed men demonstrate their special powers.”
In the above video Rivers also includes 2004 footage of revered tattooist Ajarn Noo giving a sak yant tattoo to his most famous client, Angelina Jolie.”