The event, which is in its second year, is expected to attract up to 6,000 people, said Heather Breymeyer, who is director of sales for the convention center.
Rattlesnake Mountain Harley-Davidson in Kennewick is the main sponsor, and Monarch Tattoo in downtown Kennewick is the technical adviser, Breymeyer said.
Artists not only displayed their art, but performed it on the spot for dozens of visitors who laid down both skin and upward of $100 an hour for the services.
“The most popular tattoo is something that revolves around the Day of the Dead,” said Jodi Griffin, a 45-year-old tattooist from Amarillo, Texas, who was making his second trip to the Tri-City event in two years.
Tattooing has become a fine art and doing it with utmost care for cleanliness is paramount. Some tattoos are cosmetic, both for the art of it and to cover skin blemishes, scars and other tattoos. Many customers ask for tattoo cover-ups. “As tattooing becomes more popular people are making more bad decisions,” Knucles said. Hence the need for cover-ups.