Warning: The well-inked will gather at Mandalay Bay on Oct. 1-3 as the Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth once again takes over the place. The Mirage also stands to see an increase in colorful patrons, as the resort, in conjunction with Rolling Stone, presents Weezer at the convention kickoff party at Jet nightclub on Oct. 1 (8 p.m., $75).
The inaugural Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth involved 1,200 artists and vendors, plus 40,000 attendees last year, along with celebrities Tommy Lee, fighter Chuck Zito and DJ Steve Aoki.
The annual ink fest is presented by tattoo heavyweight Mario Barth (Starlight Tattoo, King Ink) and showcases tattoo removal and permanent makeup, in addition to more traditional tattoo-related topics. A series of seminars are also being presented, covering issues such as lettering, legal aspects of the business and Polynesian designs (prices vary, from free to $500).
The list of confirmed guests so far includes Ernesto Kalum of Borneo Headhunters, Japan’s Hori Toshi Family and Samoa-born Sua Petelo and Peter Suluape. Locals can peruse skin art, artists and accessories for free, but out-of-towners (a.k.a. those without a Nevada ID) will be charged $45 for single-day tickets, or $100 for a three-day pass. Show hours are 2-10 p.m. Oct. 1, noon-10 p.m. Oct. 2, and noon-8 p.m. Oct. 3. Check TattooExpo2010.com for info.