The international body art convention kicked
off yesterday as tattoo artists and aficionados from across the globe descended on Brussels.
The three-day event is being held in a former industrial site, now named Tour & Taxis, in
the heart of Belgium’s capital city. Rolf Buchholz, from Germany, was among the
visitors showing off their body art and he proudly displayed his 480 piercings and the
horns implanted into his forehead. Attendees at the event, that runs from November
8 to November 10, are often enticed by the chance to be tattooed by ‘the world’s finest
tattoo artists on the planet,’ according to the convention’s official website.
Any tattoos completed at the gathering can then be entered into the convention’s own
award ceremonies which give prizes in categories that include Best Graphic, Best Healed and
Best of Show. Day tickets for the event cost €30 (£26)
and also include access to a range of entertainment such as graffiti battles, wrestling matches
and bike shows. Dozens of tattoo-supply stores have set up
stalls at the convention to sell to the hundreds of people that attend. Pictured: One scantily-clad,
tattooed model posed on a motorcycle at one of the bike shows