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Art on Your Sleeve: Scenes from the Ink Mania Expo tattoo convention

I’m of an age where I can remember a time when tattoos were rare, or least less common, and edgy. Now, of course, it seems more rare not to have at least one tattoo. And why not? They’re artistic, often beautiful forms of self expression and personal adornment. And there will be a whole lot of them at the Ink Mania tattoo convention this weekend at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum. You can get inked by a number of award-winning tattoo artists from around the world, get a body piercing, attend seminars and enter a tattoo contest. Enter your motorcycle in their Ink and Pistons Bike Show, or just admire them. There’s an art fusion wall and a graffiti contest, as well as a pin-up pageant. The family-friendly expo features specialty vendors, live entertainment and a DJ battle. There’s also an online art auction. Of course, there will be beer and food trucks. Proceeds help benefit children with autism. Admission is $25 for a single-day ticket, $48 for two days or $60 for three. It runs from 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N. -Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Tims

Damien Reichenbach, from Tampa has been doing tattoos for 7 years. He's one of many tattoo artists, vendors, and general enthusiasts at the annual event, Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Damien Reichenbach, from Tampa has been doing tattoos for 7 years. He's one of many tattoo artists, vendors, and general enthusiasts at the annual event, Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Yusel Quesada works on Oscar Milbry's design, a copy of his wife's lips, during the annual event, Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg, June 8, 2018. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Sydney Mulvaney, from Michigan, has been a tattoo artist for four years. She's one of many tattoo artists, vendors, and general enthusiasts at the annual event, Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Chrystal Nevius has lost track of how many tattoos she has. Her body is over 80 percent tattoos. She was attending the Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Jasper White, 6 months, and his mother Chrystal White, from Kentucky, visit St. Petersburg for the annual Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times
Sara Smith celebrates her birthday with a new elephant tattoo by artist, Artist Dione from Artist Dione Tattoo Gallery in Pinellas Park, at the annual, Ink Mania Expo taking place in the Coliseum, St. Petersburg. MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times

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