Admiring all the cool ink at the Seattle Tattoo Expo

There are live performances and lots of ink opportunities.

A woman lies on a cot as a tattoo artist prepares needles over a large ring light at the Seattle Tattoo Expo

See something you like? Several artists at the expo accept walk-up customers.

Photo by Courtney Martin via Seattle Tattoo Expo

Looking to get skin in the game? The supremely colorful Seattle Tattoo Expo is arriving this weekend to spill some serious ink.

There will be 250+ artists from both the Emerald City and all over the country setting up shop at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall from Friday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 20.

Vendors are on hand show off their skills and products — you can even get tattooed on site (though some artists require reservations in advance).

Other activities include:

  • Live music from local indie bands La Fonda and Future Tense
  • A beer garden and food trucks from Dumpling Tsar, Kottu, and Monster Dogs
  • Best + worst tattoo contests
  • Burlesque performances from Ruby Mimosa, Carson St. Clair, Boom Boom L’Roux, and others — plus BurlesKaraoke

Tickets are on sale now — $30 for the day, $70 for the weekend if purchased in advance. Any tattoo costs are up to you.

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