From Friday. Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14 (Friday, 2-11 p.m.; Saturday, 12-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon- 7 p.m.), join international artists from Italy, Russia, Japan, China, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany, Nepal, Spain and others alongside thousands of art, music, and tattoo lovers as World Famous Tattoo Lou’s Presents the United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo, Art and Music Festival at the Cradle of Aviation Museum located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.
Tattoos have become more than a passing fad over the past decade; gone are the days of the “bikers have tattoos” mentality, replaced by those who look at tattoos and the tattoo culture as a way of life. Now, everyone from corporate lawyers to working moms proudly display their ink and are excited to offer up their body as a canvas for some of the world’s best artists in any medium.
You see, no longer do artists have to wait until long after they are gone to become rich and famous, they can simply become tattoo artists – many painters and the like have done so in the new millennium with spectacular results for both the artists and their subjects. This is a perfect opportunity to see this magic happen, in person. Where else can you watch the world’s best artists pierce and tattoo, and if you’re in the market for new ink or piercings, let one of the globe’s most talented artists use your body as their newest canvas – right there on the spot? Yes, you can get your own tattoo or piercing right there on the spot at the festival.
Completely open to the public and to all ages, and with a wide variety of things to do for all, it’s the perfect day for the whole family. With music from artists like All Music’s Rock N Roll University All Stars and The Royal Guard, games, contests, tattooing demonstrations, tattoo movie showings and a screening of Troma Films Escape from Nukem High (featuring most of the cast members of the movie in person) in the IMAX theater, temporary tattoos for the kids in the kids area, art exhibits and more, United Ink is unlike any other tattoo convention you have ever seen before.
All outdoor entertainment is free. Browse through 150 booths and meet 250 of the world’s best tattoo artists. This is an invitation-only event for artists and shops, no wannabe’s here. Tattoo Lou and Jackie Rubino have personally traveled the world to find the cream of the crop to bring back to Long Island for this seminal event. Since it is the anniversary of 9-11 weekend, a NY-themed category and a American patriotic category has been added to the event’s tattoo contest.
Also on Saturday, there will be wheelchair rugby players from Easter Seals doing a demo with injured veterans in attendance and much more. Sunday also brings a break dance competition, “Rep Your Styles,” with a special exhibition featuring legendary dancer Kid Glide from the Dynamic Rockers, and a live aerosol graffiti art demonstration that is sure to wow the audience.
Some of the confirmed artists include Master Mike, Myke Chambers, Cris Gherman, Jose Perez, Zhang Po from China and direct from Japan Traditional Japanese Tebori tattoo artist (original hand poke style of tattooing). So many cultures collaborating together to present a collective of some of the many different styles in the ever changing and growing art of tattooing. Plus, Shanghai Kate, called “the godmother of tattooing” will be there as well.
Additionally, Sara Blades’ Artist Hanger exhibit includes works from both local and international artists; such as Francisco Poblet, the 82-year-old world renowned painter from Italy who spent time under the tutelage of Salvador Dali and several other famous artists in his lifetime, who will be in attendance for the festival.
There’s plenty for the kids to do, too; United Ink will offer face painting (baby’s first tattoo!), airbrush tattoos, coloring, a flash art contest and more for the little tattoo fans in your life. The best part? Kids from 2 – 12 years of age enter the convention for half price and this includes full access to the museum.
You can also come listen to some of the best live local bands, shop the jewelry, clothing and craft booths, witness an unbelievable body suspension team, experience an illusionist show, watch the United Ink Angel Pageant where judges will be picking the newest Angel to join the ranks under Jackie Rubino and Miss United Ink Heather Moss (famous intl tattoo model) and to be featured in a magazine spread, the Ms. Vixen Pin-Up Contest whose winner also receives a magazine spread, the Mr. United Ink Bikini Contest, full Aviation Museum access, contests to celebrate NY and the USA.
Plus don’t miss the festival’s special tattoo reality show celebrities. Scheduled attendees at United Ink include Big Gus and Jasmine Rodriguez from Tattoo Nightmares, Joey Tattoo from Tattoo Rescue, many of the current and former Inkmasters such as Halo, Lydia Bruno, Al fliction, Jayvo Scott, Sarah Miller, and more TBA. For more information about Tattoo Lou’s United Ink Flight 914 Tattoo Music and Art Festival, please visit http://www.newyorktattooshow.com or email Jackie@newyorktattooshow.com
Ticket Info: One price for all tickets – includes full access to Long Islands Air and Space Museum with every ticket. Free parking. Admission: Adults $22, Children (2-12) $12 Avoid Lines – Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Cradle of Aviation Box office, or online at https://www.cradleofaviation.org/event/2014/09/14/united-ink-flight-914-new-york-tattoo-and-arts-show Tickets will also be available at the door. The the Cradle of Aviation Museum located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City.