MIDLAND Tattoo artists from around the world will visit Tall City this weekend for the seventh annual tattoo and barber convention hosted by West Texas Tattz and Fadez.
The multi-day convention will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Midland Horseshoe Arena.
Over 100 tattoo artists and barbers will be at the convention to showcase their skills and compete for prizes.
Tattz and Fadez artist Henry Carrasco said this year’s convention will also feature a fun zone for kids.
“The kids area has jumpers and different things for the event to keep them entertained,” Carrasco said. “We bring artists from everywhere. We just bring them to meet people who are in the tattoo industry.
The convention has grown since its inaugural event.
When the convention started, Carrasco said there were about 60 performers and barbers in total at the event.
This year, they expect around 150.
“It has a lot to do with competition,” Carrasco said. “You get a lot of different kinds of vibes with other stores and other people in the tattoo and barber industries. They’re very competitive with each other, and it’s hard to see when you’re not in the industry, but we bring everyone together in one building and let them give it their all. It has a lot to do with the locals. We bring them here to a building and let them go there and compete. We award prizes for first, second and third place trophies for tattoos and barbers as well.
The convention took a hit when it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID, but the event returned last year.
“COVID set us back a year,” Carrasco said. “But by bouncing off that, we hope to get a bit more feedback. COVID hit us a bit. Missing a year is hard to get up.
Many tattoo artists and barbers present at the inaugural event have returned each year.
“We had people from show one and show two who competed and did nothing until they won and now you see them coming and going with something,” Carrasco said. “The looks on their faces and the excitement is what grabs everyone’s attention. We have a lot of rehearsals. It’s a tradition for many people to come back. I see a lot of the same people coming back to the front of the building and they’re happy about it.
For Carrasco, the highlight of the convention is seeing the same tattoo artists and barbers come back every year as well as new people.
“Just getting to meet the different people and seeing all the locals and the different artists in the building communicating with each other is fun,” Carrasco said. “It’s watching them in the same building and walking around and asking questions and helping each other grow is what’s best for me. It’s nice to see everyone get together and don’t hold any grudges or bad vibes. They talk to each other and help each other out.”
If you are going to
- What: West Texas Tattz and Fadez Tattoo and Barber Convention.
- When: Friday Sunday
- Where: Midland Horseshoe Arena.