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Tattoos – Taboo or not taboo

By Janice Ruffle

Tattoos, body ink and piercing aren’t taboo anymore, right?

Wouldn’t the permanent reminder of an ex-lover (name tattoo) be too much to bear after a parting? Then, there are the tattoos that use body parts in the design, including nipples, armpits and belly buttons. Isn’t it grotesque to see a tattoo on a man’s belly button filling in as a cat’s anus?

And what about the bad grammar ones – ‘never don’t give up’, ‘it’s gets better’, ‘it’s is my life’ by Jon Bovi and spelling errors, like ‘regret nohing’.

Evidently, the majority of decisions to have a tattoo are taken as a result of a ‘holiday dare’, when good judgement becomes clouded by excess alcohol (devil’s juice at its best!).

Hat’s off to Russian animal activist Yelizaveta Skorynina who hit out at a tattoo artist for putting a Sphynx cat through an ordeal by tattooing its non-hairy skin. Defending the ‘in-humane’ action, the artist claimed it was no worse than a farmer branding his livestock. Skorynina’s reply was that the anesthetising drug turns off the movement of the cat, but the brain is still working with serious consequences affecting its heart.

So you get a good impression of my opinion on tattoos, now hear from an expert. Magi Theocharides, owner of Angels and Demons Tattoo Studio and Artist Manager of Cyprus Tattoo Convention, gives an interesting stance on the subject. “Our annual event, launched five years ago, intends to change the negative opinion when referring to tattoos,” she says.

Theocharides believes that years ago people’s opinion swayed towards tattoos as taboo – only for thugs, gangsters and criminals. The concept behind the convention is to communicate that the tattoo industry has changed. Apparently tattooing has reached new heights and is now classed as beautiful collective art, performed under strict safety regulations.

“We have been in the tattoo industry for over six years, following artists worldwide to keep up to date with other conventions and categories of tattoo designs, new methods of tattooing, new products, etc.,” says Theocharides.

With the support of artists based in Cyprus, the event is now a worldwide attraction. This year more than 60 tattoo artists from all over will arrive, including renowned guest artists from New Mexico and Chicago.

It’s important to note, too, that a convention on this international scale supports the local hotel and hospitality sectors in Cyprus.

Let’s see, what will the convention offer?

The three-day event will take place at the Pavilion Hall, 2 Avraam Antoniou, Lakatamia, Nicosia from March 24-26. Access is from 10am for artists and organisers only. Public entrance is from 12 noon on all three days. Live Bands, DJs and live shows have been planned, with competitions for the artists to enter their tattoos live on stage for the audience to get a close up view during the judging stages. All three days will finish at 10pm with an after party to follow on the Saturday in the Pavilion concert area. Visitors’ tickets are available at the entrance for €10 for a day pass or €25 for a three-day pass.

For full information click here or see the main and event Facebook pages for updates.

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