Cape Tattoo Expo 2013 – 25 – 27 January

1-logoSixLove Events, proudly presents

the 5th annual


January 25 – 27, 2013 at Cape Town City Hall. 

Southern Ink Xposure 2013. 

Bringing you the best in global tattoo culture, The Cape Tattoo Expo is currently the most important lifestyle festival of its kind on the African continent. With a great range of top international tattoo artists attending and a very exciting arts and concert event schedule, CapeTattoo Expo 2013 promises to be the best one yet. 

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More than 80 renowned tattoo artists representing 15 different countries will be part of the CapeTattoo Expo 2013. Attendees can look forward to being thrilled by the artistry of big-name international convention “regulars” such as Bob Tyrrell (US),  Tom Tattoo (Italy), Laura Juan (Spain), Randy Englehard (Germany), Robert Hernandez (Sp/Pol), Mark Bester (UK), Davee Blows (Hong Kong),  Hans Pasztjerik (Holland), Dermadonna (Holland), Patrick McFarlane (Portugal), Gordon Claus (Germany); as well as the very best that South Africa has to offer. 

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The 2013 festival will be held at the iconic Cape TownCity Hall. Event organizers Manuela and Allan Gray are thrilled with the new venue: “We are very excited. The event has grown significantly over the past 5 years and City Hall is the perfect space for the size and vibe of the expo. For the first time we can host all of the related events: the expo, art exhibition and concerts under one roof.” 

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The Cape Tattoo Expo runs from Friday 25 January to Sunday 27 January.  Doors open at 16h00 on Friday and at 11h00 on Saturday and Sunday. To book a tattoo session, go to and contact the particular artist directly.  “Walk in” tattoos will also be welcome, if time and booking schedules allow.  



The live music addition to the CapeTattoo Expo includes performances by some of SA`s most talented DJ`s and bands. Your ticket to the expo includes entrance to the shows, which are also held at the CapeCity Hall.  For the exact playing order, visit our website.  

The line up for the weekend is as follow: 

Friday 25 Jan:      

Carine, DJ Sideshow, Catherine Grenfell, P.H Phat, Pure Solid. 

Saturday 26 Jan: 

The Pitts, Van Coke Kartel, Shadowclub, Them Tornadoes. 

Sunday 27 Jan:    

Conduit, Dolphins, Beach Party, Long Time Citizen, Ratrod Kings, Wolftown and Damn Crows 

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The annual Tattoo Expo art exhibition will open on Tuesday 22 January at the Cape City Hall.  Themed “Homeward Bound”, this year`s exhibition will be celebrating the nautical roots of tattoo art. This multi-media exhibition is comprised of a series of works by celebrated South African tattoo and graphic artists. In addition, the 5th annual Cape Tattoo Expo is also pleased to present “Message in a Bottle.” This adjunct exhibition features custom designed wine labels from top local and international tattoo artists. The exhibition will also showcase the Levi`s Trucker jacket.  

The evening will also include a special screening (invitation only) of a new documentary film “TATTOO NATION.” 

“Tattoos used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. Now, your mother’s got a butterfly on her ankle and your kid’s sporting a tramp stamp. What happened? How did tattoos go from the renegade, readymade, carney cartoons inked as fast as possible to the art form they’ve become today? That transformation is the subject of the new documentary film, TATTOO NATION.

Directed by Erik Schwartz, TATTOO NATION tells how a few incarcerated but very talented Chicano artists changed the world of ink forever. It follows three tattoo pioneers, Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete, and shows how a new, fine line style using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism revolutionized the world of ink.” 

Trailer for TATTOO NATION:  here 

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening of the art exhibition opening from 19h00 to 21h00 on Tuesday 22 January.  The screening of TATTOO NATION at 21h00 is as mentioned, by invitation only. 


Gaming is being introduced to the convention this year to offer attendees an interactive breakaway activity to enjoy between viewing the many talented local and international artists on show and other entertainment. 

There will be a variety of titles set up to cater for all tastes and ages, which have been supplied by EA SA (FIFA 13), Megarom (Just Dance 4 and Skylanders) and Xbox SA (Halo 4 and Forza Horizon). There will also be Rocksmith available for want-to-be rockstars to try out, with a really special prize for one lucky person. For those afraid of the real guitar, there will be crowd favourite (and its plastic guitar), Guitar Hero to allow you to throw your rockstar poses with. Some of the titles, along with additional prizes, will be up for grabs over the course of the weekend, and on top of that, has also put up some vouchers for a few lucky winners. 

Other entertainment at the Cape Tattoo Expo includes a tattoo-themed putt putt course, burlesque dance acts, and more. 

Tickets for Cape Tattoo Expo 2013 are availablevia Tixsa on our website The ticket price includes entry to the venue for the expo, as well as entry to the bands and DJ`s in the evenings. The ticket price does not include the price of tattoo. These can be booked and paid to the artist directly. for updates about attending artists, concerts, competitions, and info.   

Also be sure to join the Southern Ink Xposure and Cape Town International Tattoo Convention facebook and Twitter groups for all the latest news about related events and artist info. 

Twitter: @CapeTattExpo

Facebook:  here 

Cape Tattoo Expo 2013 would like to the following sponsors: Red Bull, Levi`s, Jagermeister, Bothners, 2 Evolve and Rolling Stone SA.

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