Amarillo, TEXAS (KVII) — Today was the last day at the first Ink Masters Tattoo Expo in Amarillo. More than 100 tattoo artists were handpicked to attend the 3-day event.
Tattoo, piercing and tooth gem artists attended the event and customers paid $15 for the daily entrance.
But, Luis Rodriguez got a handwritten tattoo with his son’s nickname.
“Right here on the bottom of my hand, ‘gordo’ so, rest in peace-- he’s been--it’s a memorial sleeve,” said Rodriguez.
But piercing artist, Nicole Kullman says her craft is more about helping people feel better about their image.
“That’s the reason I got into this—it’s cause certain people don’t feel like themselves – I know when I was younger getting pierced helped me feel more like myself,” said Kullman.
Kullman also says piercings are a way to add a little sparkle to enhance a person’s beauty.
“I love having that opportunity to help other people feel the way that they want to feel on the outside as they do on the inside,” said Kullman.
However, this event is being called a huge friendly party. It brings artists from all over the United States.
Furthermore, Madison Rios does tooth gems on people’s teeth and she calls them ‘blingjobs.’
“I always refer to it as like the old Hollywood movies and people would smile and it's like that twinkle that would go of and that’s what I feel like people see-- when I give them the mirror. They look at themselves and it’s like this nice bright shiny thing to enhance your smile,” said Rios.
Organizers at Ink Masters Tattoo Expo say they plan to host next year’s event on Valentine’s weekend due to its success.
“It was a great weekend-- it was Valentine’s weekend a lot of people brought their wives and husbands to get tattoo on Valentine's,” said organizer and founder of Ink Masters Tattoo expo, Raymond Hernandez.