More than 250 artists have already signed up for The Mill New Zealand Tattoo & Arts Festival in New Plymouth.

The festival began in the year 2010 with 100 enthusiasts.

Almost 180 of the tattooists from around the globe would be recording their presence with a huge cross-section of styles and cultures. There will be people from Poland, Japan, Italy, the United States.

Mr Brent Taylor, 34, came up with the idea for the festival after talking to several of his tattooist friends who realized there was nothing major like it in New Zealand.

“It was just to do something fun and now it’s turned into this huge, crazy thing,” he said.

“A lot of the artists were saying it was the best festival in Australasia, and some are saying it’s the best in the world. It’s just blown us away. Nothing negative was said by the artists or the public after the last one.”

More than 7000 people attended the event in 2010 and Mr Taylor hoped to reach 10,000 at this year’s festival.

Mr Taylor, a New Plymouth man who is Oni Events director, said they had attracted the attention of Dan Smith, who starred on hit TV Show LA Ink, and Nikole Lowe from London Ink, who would demonstrate their skills over the two days.

New Zealand band The Bleeders will also play their first show in four years, and burlesque dancer Venus Star is set to put on an extreme show.

“It’s about breaking down those stereotypes that are associated with tattooists, getting rid of that gang affiliation and all of that. These people are artists and they’re business people and they love what they do”, says Mr. Taylor.

The festival is on at the TSB Stadium from November 24 till 25, with tickets $20 and kids under 14 free.