Get inked at the South African International Tattoo Convention 2019

2019-02-15 10:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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Have you been itching for a new tattoo or just love the tattoo industry? The third annual South African International Tattoo Convention (SAITC) is back in Cape Town in March, and they're bringing 90 of the world's coolest tattoo artists to ink the city red.

SEE: Tattoos, Travel and Truth 

The nitty gritty:

  • Date: 29 -31 March 2019
  • Venue: The Lookout at V&A Waterfront
  • Price: Weekend Pass R590 / Friday 195 / Saturday R280 / Sunday R240. Click here to buy.
  • Website: Check out the event page for more info.

The tattoo machines will be whizzing at The Lookout at V&A Waterfront, where tattoo enthusiasts and the curious public can learn more about the tattoo styles, the culture and maybe even get a tattoo at the event! There will also be six live bands to keep the mood electric and three food trucks for those who need a boost after their tattoo session.

Band lineup

  • FRIDAY: Roasting Records, Runaway Nuns, Retro Dizzy, Wahine, The Valley
  • SATURDAY: Roasting RecordsThe Sublime Tribute Show & The Dinosaurs
  • SUNDAY: Roasting Records, Thirty Eights & Vinyl DJ Mike

Besides the trailblazing talent of our local artists around South Africa like Waldo Del Rocca, Alex Muller, Anna-Claire Whysall and Pepi Dimevski to name a few, the convention will also host many tattoo maestros from Netherlands, Switzerland, US, Chile, Taiwan, Poland to name a few - 15 different countries in total. Styles range from Japanese, classic, contemporary, colour to black and grey. You check out the full list here. 

Watch a timelapse of the design of the event poster below:

If you want to get inked at the convention, you can email your chosen artist before the event and make a booking directly, or if you're feeling bolder and spontaneous you can just get a small flash tattoo at the event, which you can choose from any of the artist's pre-drawn designs.

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"The vibe always includes storytelling between travelling tattooers and clients alike, meeting people from all walks of life and getting to hang out, browse or even tattooed," says SAITC.

"Whether you are collecting a small memento-type tattoo from an artist’s drawing sheet, looking for some fine art prints for your home or committing to a full day tattoo by your favourite artist, there is an unexplainable magic that happens when so many people come together to share the stoke and get tattooed under one roof."

man getting a tattoo

Man getting inked at last year's convention. (Photo: SAITC)

Getting tattoo of a flower

(Photo: SAITC)

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