Tattoo Masquerade 2017 spotlight: Live art and vendors

When you stop and think about it, tattooing is really just another branch of live art. Unlike the mysterious and esoteric work habits of painters who slave away at a single piece for months behind the closed doors of their studio, tattoo artists often design and execute their masterpieces in a matter of hours, always in plain sight of their customers.

With the clear connection between traditional artists and tattooists, it makes sense that there’s an entire floor dedicated to live art at Denver’s upcoming Tattoo Masquerade®, scheduled for June 2-4 at the Colorado Convention Center. As of this writing, 32 live artists were booked for the event, including alchemical artists David Heskin & Aloria Weaver, proprietors of Loveland's Luminous FLUX Gallery. In the video above, David and Aloria discuss their love for the culture of tattooing and unveil their ambitious plans for this year’s edition of Tattoo Masquerade®.

Speaking of art, collectible figurines are basically the modern day equivalent of the portraits that hung on the walls of the aristocracy back in the 18th century. If you’re the type who has always wanted a piece of art to pass on to your progeny, Mark Rogal of Werks 3D will be on hand at Tattoo Masquerade® with what’s essentially the 21st century version of a self-portrait: a 3D-printed figurine rendered from a full body scan. In the video below, Rogal explains how this cutting-edge technology works and shares some of the coolest examples that Werks 3D has produced in the past.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s in store for the second annual Tattoo Masquerade®. For more information on the event, visit their official website and to get single-day, two-day or three-day tickets, click here.