Maker’s Mark

This Jesus figurine stands ready to brighten your world, or at least your skin, with a tattoo gun at Mario Barth’s The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth. The industry’s top trade show took place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at The Mirage, where guests could partake in tattoo seminars, meet star tattooists and even pick up fake tattoo sleeves. But watch out with those fake sleeves—this culture likes its true believers.

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