Sacramento, California tattoo convention draws thousands to downtown
Ink was flowing at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center.
Customers flooded the massive open venue downtown Saturday for the inaugural Capitol City Classic Tattoo Convention. The hum of electric tattoo machines echoed across the polished concrete floor as artists pierced skin and injected designs into hundreds of attendees throughout the weekend.
The three-day convention began Friday afternoon and continues Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
Tamie Stephens, co-ordinator of the convention, said around 22,000 people attended, although not everyone would get tattooed by one of the more than 200 artists who took part in the event.
Cheyenne Badgerow had traveled from Antioch to attend with Emily Rowe from Sacramento. Badgerow, 31, said she has “well over 20” tattoos, many of them Disney-related. She walked in with Rowe, 26, shortly after the convention opened at noon on Saturday and immediately spotted a design she liked by Mina Aoki. Within hours, a new tattoo of roses and an eye adorned her right arm.
Speaking as she received a large tattoo of a woman’s face and butterfly wings on her left thigh, Rowe said she came in shorts in anticipation of having a woman on her leg. The artist she chose, Nate Daskalos of Forever Tattoo on K Street, said he had been to several conventions and was perfectly happy to talk as he finalized the artwork on Rowe’s leg .
“I’m in the zone,” he said.
The cousins first bought Sunday tickets, but had to swap them for Saturday tickets because both had plans for Mother’s Day. Badgerow said her mother wasn’t thrilled with the tattoos, but “I’ve had enough now, she’s done with it,” she said.
For this new one, she said with a laugh, “She will definitely give me a hard time.”
This story was originally published May 7, 2022 6:33 p.m.