What To Expect at the South African International Tattoo Convention 2023

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The fourth annual South African International Tattoo Convention, running in Joburg from 24th to 26th March and Cape Town from 31 March to 2 April, will showcase over 140 of the best local and international artists spanning over 22 countries.

A range of styles and designs will be showcased over the three days at both events, from traditional and Neo traditional through to realism, black and grey and everything in between.

For its first iteration in Joburg and fourth Cape Town instalment, visitors can expect some of the best local and international artists tattooing their art over the three-day events. Not only designed with visitors, customers and clients in mind, but the convention also aims to create a space for artists to display, admire and learn from other artists in the industry. “The SAITC inspires South African artists to progress, evolve and grow in their craft by getting a chance to share and exchange knowledge about the best practices in the arts of tattooing with people from all walks of life, all over the world,” explains Waldo del Rocca, tattoo artist and South African International Tattoo Convention founder. The convention represents an enormous amount of artistic talent, within a massive variety of styles of work.

The event welcomes tattoo enthusiasts, as well as anyone curious about tattooing, with no pressure to get involved in an inclusive and safe environment that promotes connection and support within the community.

The 3-day convention has added a variety of entertainment to its offering: As well as experiencing the best in the world in terms of tattooing there will be live bands keeping the crowds entertained such as BCUC, Ruff Majik, Mean Girls, Martin Rocka and The Sick Shop, The Man Motels, Black Cat Bones, and Da Beach Boys in Johannesburg – and Grassy Spark, Elle E, Retro Dizzy, We Kill Cowboys, The Man Motels and West Coast Wolves in Cape Town. There will also be coffee roasters, a fully-kitted beer garden and food vendors.

Everyone is welcome, including children of all ages.

“We are most excited to see our community all under one roof, celebrating our love for tattooing and all that surrounds it. The public can look forward to seeing world-class tattooing, local bands, street food and much more… with good vibes only!” – Romy van Tonder, SAITC Organiser.

Here are just 12 of the 140 + multitalented artists to take note of:

Name: Tamar Thorn

Country: South Africa

Shop: Good Things Tattoo

South African International Tattoo Convention – Tamar Thorn's work

Name: Squid Yu

Country: Taiwan

Shop: Vise Electric

South African International Tattoo Convention – Squid Yu's work

Name: Melanie No

Country: Germany

Shop: Inky und Stretchy

South African International Tattoo Convention – Melanie No's work

Name: Sean Smuts

Country: South Africa

Shop: Good Things Tattoo

South African International Tattoo Convention – Sean Smuts

Name: Aaron Carmody

Country: USA

Shop: Halo Tattoo

South African International Tattoo Convention – Aaron Carmody

Name: Sabrina Sawyers

Country: Canada

Shop: Guest Artist

South African International Tattoo Convention – Sabrina Sawyers' work

Name: Joey Schofield

Country: South Africa

Shop: Fallen Heroes

South African International Tattoo Convention – Joey Schofield's work

Name: Marigold Petros

Country: South Africa

Shop: Handstyle Tattoos

South African International Tattoo Convention – Marigold Petros' work

Name: Jean Le Roux

Country: England

Shop: Good Fortune Studio

South African International Tattoo Convention – Jean Le Roux's work

Name: Homiekwun

Country: Canada

Shop: Guest Artist

South African International Tattoo Convention – HomieKwun's work

Name: Taryn Nissen

Country: South Africa

Shop: True Love Tattoos

South African International Tattoo Convention – Taryn Nissen's work

Name: Thato Mokhadi

Country: South Africa

Shop: Dipowers Ink Tattoos

South African International Tattoo Convention – Thato Mokhadi's work

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