It's all in the eyes: An attendee at this weekend's tattoo convention shows her body art. It's all in the eyes: An attendee at this weekend's tattoo convention shows her body art. It's all in the eyes: An attendee at this weekend's tattoo convention shows her body art. (Photo: Artem Danilevsky / Israel Tattoo Convention)

Stunning scenes from an international tattoo convention

What happens when 140 tattoo artists get together in one room? A whole lot of skill, artistry and color.

Do you enjoy using your body as a canvas? Do you believe that tattooing is more than an expression of teenage rebellion? Do you have an impressively high pain tolerance?

You're in good company, as evidenced by these stunning images from the fourth Israel Tattoo Convention in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Thousands of body art enthusiasts flocked to the hip Mediterranean metropolis to watch about 140 international tattoo artists showcase their skills over the weekend. For many, the biggest draw of the convention is to have the opportunity to get inked by the best artists in the world, and to see and speak to these artists in person – a chance some people wouldn't have if they'd stayed in their home countries.

Artist Marcel Birkenhauer checks his phone in between clients.Artist Marcel Birkenhauer checks his phone in between clients. (Photo: Artem Danilevsky/Israel Tattoo Convention)

In addition to the dazzling displays of body art lining the venue, attendees were also treated to performances from the Squidling Brothers, an American circus troupe that performs edgy versions on classic sideshows of the early 20th century – and yes, that includes sword-swallowing and fire-breathing. At TattooCon, however, the troupe added a stomach-churning, skin-pulling stunt involving piercings that had onlookers agape.

An artist from the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow performs on stage during the fourth Israel Tattoo Convention in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. An artist from the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow performs on stage. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

An artist from 'the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow' performs on stage during the 4th Israel Tattoo Convention in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, on October 7, 2016.An artist from the Squidling Brothers Circus Sideshow demonstrates the power of the third eye during her performance at the convention. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking of piercings, there was no shortage of that, either. Fans eager to add to their piercing arsenal found plenty of takers – and experimentation was the word of the day.

A piercer adds to a client's piercing collection at the convention.A piercer adds to a client's piercing collection at the convention. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Elsewhere at the event, color – and the artists' brilliant use of it – lit up the venue and helped each artist display their craft in prominent fashion.

A client is tattooed by an artist as his trusty skeleton assists.A client is tattooed by an artist as his trusty skeleton assists. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A client catches up on her reading while being inked at the convention.A client catches up on her reading while getting some new ink. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

A client is tattooed by an artist during opening day of the convention.A client is tattooed by an artist during opening day of the convention. (Photo: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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