The Benelux’ largest tattoo, art and street art convention kicks off May 26th, 2017

The Benelux’ largest tattoo, art and street art convention kicks off May 26th, 2017

The 13th edition of the Tattoo, Art and Street Art Convention in Amsterdam features Magneto, the famous ink model who has literally been tattooed from head to toe, as well as Burlesque showgirl Xara Von Den Vielenregen, who won the Milan Burlesque Award last year. The event, which is reportedly the largest Tattoo and Body Art event of the Benelux, starts on Friday May 26th in the RAI in Amsterdam (halls 4 and 5), and ends on Sunday May 28th.

Many famous tattoo artists will be present, both from the Netherlands and further afield. There will even be a number of traditional artists from countries including New Zealand and Tahiti who will give shows. In case you are looking for inspiration from the streets, there will be a plethora of graffiti and street art at the convention, not to mention the numerous piercing artists’ work, the stands with skateboard gear, clothing and jewellery, as well as the generous heaps of rockabilly artwork.

What to expect from Xarah Von Den Vielenregen, the fire burlesque starlet from Berlin, is hard to say, because this artist has very many different looks and styles. It is not coincidental that she is called the ‘chameleon of the night’. But to give you a hint, Von den Vielenregen apparently loves to ‘celebrate her beauty and femaleness in a charming and glamorous way, while she is bringing back the sensuality of the golden twenties’, according to the Milan Burlesque Award website. And Magneto? Well, Magneto will be Magneto – a sensation!

There will also be performances by Johnny Strange who will even do a spot of sword swallowing during his circus show. And a number of highly capable barbers from Barbershop De Snorrensalon will show off their skills in creating retro haircuts and old school shaves.

Of course there will also be several tattoo competitions. One of them involves the decoration of real clogs by tattoo artists, which takes place toward the end of the three days. The most attractively tattooed clogs will be selected after which all customised clogs are donated to a charity. Only the Dutch could dream that up!

Except for a few shows, the convention can be considered as child-friendly and wheelchair access is not a problem. With such a vast array of tattoo talent concentrated at the show, you might be very tempted to get yourself a little (or big, why not) tattoo. The organisers of the convention advise on their website that in case you’re planning on this, you should visit the website of the artist of your choice beforehand. Try to book an appointment as far ahead as possible. Stay away from alcohol and drugs for at least 24 hours before the tattoo is placed. Do not forget to eat well!

People who have been tattooed during the convention are entitled to a free tube of Bepanthen aftercare cream at the information desk. Needless to say smoking is not allowed except for outside in the open air.

Depending on which day you choose to visit the spectacle, tickets cost between ten euros and 18 euros. Children under eleven go free, so long as there’s one adult per child to supervise them. In case you can’t get enough of the shows, you can get a three-day pass for 42 euros. For more information, visit the event’s website.

Opening times are 14:00-23:00 on Friday, May 26th, 11:00-22:00 on Saturday, May 27th and 11:00-20:00 on Sunday, May 28th.

The RAI is a landmark in Amsterdam and is easily accessible by public transport from any apartment rented out by Amsterdam Apartments. Ask any passerby on the street, and you’ll get directions.