TATTOO artist Teneile Napoli won best small black and grey tattoo award at the Surf n’ Ink convention at the weekend for her tattoo on psychic Charmaine Wilson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
TATTOO artist Teneile Napoli won best small black and grey tattoo award at the Surf n’ Ink convention at the weekend for her tattoo on psychic Charmaine Wilson. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Tattoo art on show at annual Surf n Ink

CHARMAINE Wilson’s latest artwork. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A CELEBRATION of tattoo culture attracted tens of thousands of people to the Gold Coast Convention Centre at the weekend.

Surf ‘n’ Ink is an annual three-day event that included industry workshops, seminars, body painting, body piercing, live bands, music, fashion,

motorbikes and competitions.

The event also attracted Charmaine Wilson, the winner of The One, a television program which aired in 2008 to find Australia’s top psychic.

The psychic, who regularly does shows on the Gold Coast got a tattoo at the convention from tattoo artist Teneile

Napoli.

“I got a tattoo of a lady’s face,” Ms Wilson said.

“I was Teneile’s model, so I let her use any picture she wanted.

“And she won the best small black and grey tattoo at the show for my tattoo.”

Ms Wilson said tattoos are a good way of releasing feelings.

“Tattoos are a way of helping people heal,” she said.

“I personally think Teneile is the best tattoo artist in

Australia.

“Grief is more painful then getting a tattoo,”

Surf ‘n’ Ink event manager Marco Ventura said the convention attracts people of all ages.

“We had everyone from teenagers, to mums and dads with their kids, to grandparents,” he said.

“There were people that were obviously really into tattoos, some who were considering getting one, and others who were just curious to see what our industry is all about.”

Mr Ventura said the international artists love visiting the Gold Coast.

“They all loved the destination, the people and the weather and many are planning to allow more time here, either before or after the event,” he said.

“They want to see more of the Gold Coast, especially the beaches.”

Ms Wilson will give a presentation this Saturday at 1.30pm at the Health, Harmony and Soul Expo, also being held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, and will also holda show at the Southport Sharks Club on May 19.

The Surf ‘n’ Ink convention will be held again next year.



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