This past weekend, I went to the Montreal Tattoo Convention to get some work done on my sleeve. Scott does the convention most years, although last year he got incredibly sick and had to cancel. Happily, this year all went well, and we were able to get in almost 6 hours of work!
Not a female deer
The convention was really interesting – tons of great artists, lots of beautiful tattoos, and really cool people. I got my fill of “alternative subculture well-known people” sightings, including meeting Scott’s wife Ashley (who’s blog I’ve read for ages, and who is super cool – I felt like a geeky fangirl), seeing Zombie boy, and getting photographed by Steve Prue (which looked great, except for my sleepy just-got-tattooed face; I see zero modeling in my future!).
As for getting tattooed at a convention, though, I can’t say I loved the experience. It was not as good an atmosphere as I’m used to – no comfy tattoo chair (which are like dentist chairs or massage tables), the music was not awesome, and there were lots of people watching, taking photos, and trying to stop me on my way to the bathroom to look at my arm (which was always wrapped, of course).
In some ways the distractions were welcome, because it was nice to people-watch to take my mind off the pain, but it also made it much more difficult to get in the groove of ignoring the pain towards to end. I find that the first and last hour of a tattoo session are always the worst, but they were much more so this time because my normal techniques didn’t work.
All that being said, I’m super glad I went, and would do it again for sure. The benefits outweighed the negatives by far, and overall I had a lot of fun and met some really cool people! I also added a ton of tattoo artists to my want-to-get-tattooed-by list; of course, my knack for choosing far-away artists kicked in and most of them were even further away than Scott is now!
Besides the convention, I also got to meet my friends Matt and Erika’s new puppy, a mini-wiener dog named Willow, who was so cute! I also popped in to one of my favourite restaurants ever, Olive et Gourmando, and found a great espresso place by Erika and Matt’s place called Pikolo. Montreal was a bit of a let-down the first time I went, I think because it had been so built up for me by so many people (that happens to me with movies all the time), but it definitely is starting to grow on me. There are a lot of really cool and unique things there, and I’d love to get back this year for a shopping and exploring trip.
So, I still can’t cross the sleeve off of my list, because I’ll probably need at least one more session, but it’s definitely getting close!