Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City, NY 11530
September 11th-13th 2015
Dive deep into the history of tattooing as well as our air born ancestors…
United Ink is so big we had to create a second show! The Cradle of Aviation Museum is our new backdrop, the perfect setting for the Ultimate Tattoo convention.
United Ink is unlike any other tattoo convention you’ve seen before. Completely open to the public, the convention is the perfect day for the whole family with entertainment like magicians and suspension shows, music, games, contests, live tattooing and piercing, seminars, an artist lounge, art exhibits, and so much more it’s hard to list it all!
At the United Ink convention, you can watch the world’s best artists pierce and tattoo, and if you’re in the market for new ink or piercings, this is the place to be. Why not let one of the globe’s most talented artist use your body as their newest canvas?
And there’s plenty for the kids to do, too. United Ink will offer face painting (baby’s first tattoo!), temporary tattoos, coloring contests, flash art contests and even more for the little tattoo fans in your life.
Photography Do’s and Don’ts:
Tattoo Lou’s is here to remind you of proper convention photography etiquette. We want everyone to have a great time at United Ink Tattoo & Body Arts Expo—maybe you can even learn a thing or two about the art of body modification—but we want to make sure that everyone is safe, as well!
DO ask an artist, piercer, or subject if you can take a photograph.
Be nice! With all the time and effort put into the killer tattoos you’ll see at the convention, it’s nice not to be treated like a zoo animal. Ask nicely for permission before your photograph your subject. They’ll appreciate your asking instead of immediately flashing lights like a paparazzi.
DO show the picture after you’ve taken it.
Showing the picture you’ve taken to the artist, piercer, or tattoo subject is common courtesy, just to ensure that the photo you’ve taken works for both of you. And who doesn’t love some instant feedback? This also helps your portfolio, if you’re trying to build one.
DO thank the subject after you’ve taken a photo.
Maybe you didn’t listen when your mother said it, or you missed that day in Sunday school, but “please” and “thank you” make the world go ‘round. That applies here too.
DON’T throw a fit if someone declines your request for a picture.
Sure, it’s not hard to pose for a photo, but when you’ve had a day of flashes in your face, you may not want to be present for another. If you ask to take a picture of a tattoo or artist and the artist declines, say “ok, thank you” and move on. No need to throw a tantrum! There will be plenty of other people to photograph and take photos with.
DON’T smack-talk someone else’s camera.
Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Sony—who cares? A good photographer can take a great snapshot with a disposable point-and-shoot, so save the brand pissing match for another time. Or never, really. Having a thousand dollar camera doesn’t make you better than the guy who spent $100.
DO chat with other photographers.
See another photographer snapping some great shots of the ink and piercings at the convention? Strike up a conversation. You can share tips, tricks, and other great subject matter. Making a contact (or a new friend!) is always a win.
These are just a few tips so you can take some great snaps during the United Ink Tattoo & Body Arts Expo. We hope to see you soon!