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Photos: The Sights of the United Ink Tattoo Convention

Tattoo artists, piercers, clothing companies and more took over the convention center at Nassau Coliseum from July 27 through July 29.

Thousands of tattoo fans got tattooed, pierced and purchased tattoo paraphernalia at the Nassau Coliseum convention center this past weekend for the United Ink tattoo convention, the first convention on Long Island hosted by Tattoo Lou's owner Lou Rubino.

“Artists were very happy and many have told me it was the best convention they have worked at in many years,” said Rubino. “They were asking about pre-booking for next year.”

The convention was highlighted by famed tattoo artists such as Ink Master winner Shane O'Neill and show contestants Bili Vegas and Al Fliction, NY Ink star Chris Torres, LA Ink star Amy Nicoletto, and famed tattoo artists Roman Abrego and Nikko Hurtado.

In addition to the celebrity artists, other stars from the world of television and sports were in attendance, such as Drita from Mob Wives, Brandon Kane from MTV’s Real World and New York Yankee great Jim Leyritz.

Leyritz received an angel holding the scales of justice tattoo at the convention by Andres Hurtado of Tattoo Lou’s in St. James.

“He’s an awesome guy, I liked him a lot,” Hurtado said of Leyritz. “It was a good experience. He was a cool person and he let me do what I wanted to do.”

Rick East, artist at Liberty Tattoo Company in Smithtown, said it was a positive experience for him and the other artists of the shop.

“I had a good time, I thought it was good,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out good, a lot of people showed up.”

While this was the first tattoo convention put together on Long Island by Rubino, he promised it wouldn’t be the last.

“This was definitely an iconic event for Long Island and for the entire tattoo industry,” said Rubino. “Because of the huge success we are already planning and booking for next year.”

new guy August 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
My point is it's an artical on a tattoo convention. If your not interested or if you don't like tattoos then why post. There are plenty of political articals here on the patch that don't intrest me...so I don't post. I think some here on patch have very boring lifes so they just look to say inflammatory things to get a debate going. That's pretty sad. I post on subjects that intrest me or something that I'm interested in learning about. It's kind of silly and childish to just post to start an argument.
marianne krause August 04, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Well the conversation had taken a better turn no one has replied ay longer to those who are causing trouble
Tedd Page August 04, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I love how "certain" people will IMMEDIATELY mark someone with tattoo's as a hooligan or lowlife. I myself have almost a full sleeve of tattoo's on my right arm, and am a very active volunteer firefighter right here in Amagansett. I could be the person saving your life. I love all my tattoo's, they all remind me of a time in my life. I have tattoo's that are for pleasure, and others that are memorial tattoo's for friends who have passed on. All i ask is to not judge someone by the way they look and the choices we have made...times are changing and folks are just going to have to deal with the fact that tattoo's are becoming mainstream.
Linda Williams August 04, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Well said!
Candygram for Mongo August 04, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Lower back placement?

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