Right at the end of last year I covered the 22nd International Tattoo Convention for a news agency in the UK. The Convention took place in the cavernous Treptow Arena where, only a few weeks before, I'd seen Bon Iver play. But on this visit no delicate music was to be heard, only the buzzing of hundreds of tattoo machines in the hands of their artists.

There were several tattoo contests over the three days along with a tattoo queen competition, bands, geisha dances, and burlesque performances. The highlight (for me at least) was the Superfly Suspension Crew who hung off each other, swinging over the crowd, suspended from hooks pushed through the flesh of their backs and legs.


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