SKINTASTIC in Coolangatta staff Raphael (left) and Canadian guest tattoo artist Anthony Orsatti get ready for Surf n’ Ink on the Gold Coast next week.
SKINTASTIC in Coolangatta staff Raphael (left) and Canadian guest tattoo artist Anthony Orsatti get ready for Surf n’ Ink on the Gold Coast next week. Crystal Spencer

Inking a reputation

COOLANGATTA’S Skintastic tattoo and piercing will feature at the upcoming Surf n’ Ink Australia event next week on the Gold Coast.

Owner of the parlour Trace Steph opened Skintastic seven years ago and her staff will join top Australian and international tattoo artists at the Gold Coast Convention Centre from Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17.

“It’s an availability for Australian artists to be recognised globally,” Ms Steph said.

Surf n’ Ink manager Lindsay Hall said the event would be the largest and most highly regarded assembly of tattoo artists Australia had seen.

“We are overwhelmed by the level of interest already received and can confirm artists from the US, UK, Germany, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Italy, Canada and Spain will be attending our first Gold Coast event,” Ms Hall said.

“Everyone just wants to come to Australia.

“As well as the international line-up only the best Australian artists, carefully chosen by an international panel, will be displaying their work.

“The major attraction for those attending is they can come along and take up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be tattooed by one of the best artists in the world today.”

Ms Hall said the convention would cover all aspects of tattoo culture including artists, tattoo workshops and seminars.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are into tattoos or not because Surf n’ Ink is the chance to take a glimpse at one of the oldest forms of art and its artisans at work,” she said.

“We anticipate Surf n’ Ink will attract people of all ages and from all walks of life; from school teachers, doctors and lawyers, to elite athletes and high profile celebrities, to plumbers, builders and brickies.”

She said international artists such as American Mike DeVries will be among artists who will host seminars throughout the weekend.

“Their work is so distinctive and to have the chance to attend a class with them and learn their techniques is very rare.”

Organisers have announced a contest to be held in conjunction with Surf n’ Ink for tattoo artists who think their tattoos are the best in the country.

Contest finalists will show off their work to a team of world class judges as they compete to win awards including Surf n’ Ink’s Best Body Suit or Best Sleeve.

The Surf n’ Ink program will also include body piercing, bands, DJs, art gallery, art-fusion, motorbikes and fashion.

For details visit www.tattoosurfnink.com.



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