Tattoo Expo makes its mark

Thousands showed up at the Seattle Center's Northwest rooms last weekend to compare, contrast and get some new tattoos at the ninth annual Seattle Tattoo Expo.

There were monsters, dragons, devils, daisies and fairies galore, and trending upward are the more fine-tuned Japanese landscape art and the finely crafted macabre.

Artists came from across the country, and internationally to attend the event held in the Northwest rooms and outdoors where there was a cigar bar, a stage and plenty of food. Contests for best and worst tattoo were held on the stage as were a handful of local bands.

Chicago artist Hannah Aitchison said she has a lot of friends at the show and is seeing more women getting involved.

"Most women in the business are mavericks and can hang with the guys," she said. "It makes them a whole lot stronger."[[In-content Ad]]