Now in its 17th iteration, the Seattle Tattoo Expo returns to Seattle to anchor summertime at Seattle Center with artistry, tattoo history and culture, live music, comedy, and performance, and so much more. Hosted by Seattle’s internationally recognized shop, Hidden Hand Tattoo, the Expo offers access to leading artists in tattooing both locally and from around the world, featuring Jeff Cornell (Hidden Hand Tattoo, Seattle); Shawn Barber (Memoir Tattoo, Los Angeles); VyVyn Lazonga (Madame Lazonga’s Tattoo, Seattle), Big Gus (Garden Grove, California; “Tattoo Nightmares“), Takashi Matsuba (New York), and dozens of others.
The Seattle Tattoo Expo was formed with the primary goal of exposing new talent, showcasing existing fan favorites, and providing enthusiasts with a gathering place to share their love for this enduring art form. Over the years, the Expo has exposed Seattleites to hundreds of artists from around the world and thousands of people have come out to soak it all up since its first iteration. After all, whether a tattoo is intended for personal meaning or artistic self-expression, in Seattle, tattoos can be found on people from all walks of life. “This event has evolved over the years to be an invite-only event for artists from around the world, meaning attendees are gaining access to the best of the best in the business,” Jeff Cornell, owner and tattooist of Hidden Hand Tattoo comments. “Seattle is a tattoo city. At any given time, thousands of people are getting tattoos here. It’s because of that, that I think the Seattle Tattoo Expo is so great – it opens up the tattoo community, inviting any and everyone into it, making it easy to get a tattoo by someone truly fantastic.”
Seattle Tattoo Expo also offers up live music entertainment from Northwest artists, comedy, burlesque performances from members of Seattle’s popular Atomic Bombshells burlesque troupe and more, tattoo contests, delicious fare, a beer garden, and the Vendor Village. All performance artists will be announced over the coming weeks, as will further details around event seminar programming, contest details, and so forth.
For a complete list of tattooist partaking in the 2018 Expo and to purchase tickets, visit
August 17-19, 2018
Friday – 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday – 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday – 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109
$20-$50 – ON SALE NOW
$20 – day pass (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
$50 – full weekend pass (Friday through Sunday)
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