The stigma is felt worldwide, but things are improving. “Tattoos weren’t always so popular in Greece,” said tattoo artist Kostas Tzikalagias. “This has changed over the past few years. People are seeing tattoos with a different view. This helped the new generations to have different perspective and better opinions about tattoos.”
When asked what kind of motifs he’s drawn to, Tzikalagias said he likes imagery from Asian cultures.
“Skulls, demons, ghosts and everything from the Japanese mythology,” he said.
“Tattoo conventions are important because you can meet new people and see new places. You can meet and tattoo people from another country, discuss new ideas and techniques with tattoo artists from around the world.”
The Taiwan Tattoo Convention takes place from noon to 9pm Friday to Sunday at the Banana Wharf, 23 Penglai Rd, Greater Kaohsiung (高雄市蓬萊路23號). The venue is close to Sizihwan MRT Station Exit 2 (近捷運西子灣站2號出口). Admission is NT$350 per day or NT$900 for all three days. There is an after party from 9pm to 2am Saturday at the Banana Wharf; NT$499, free for tattoo artists at the convention. On the Net: www.tattoo.org.tw