Tattoo festival beckons for local parlour
JOSH Roelink and his colleagues from the Lennox Head tattoo parlour Rock of Ages are one of 46 stall holders heading to the fifth annual Surf 'n' Ink Tattoo Festival on the Gold Coast this weekend.
Three tattoo artists from Rock of Ages will join hundreds of tattooists, musicians and performers from around the country flocking to the Gold Coast Convention Centre to set up stalls at this year's festival.
Event manager Lindsay Hall said the festival was a celebration of "all things tattoo and tattoo culture" as well as rockabilly and zombie trends.
"I can't wait. I'm jumping out of my skin I'm so excited," Ms Hall said.
The crew from Rock of Ages said the festival was an opportunity to learn new skills and see the latest advancements in tattooistry.
They also said they're looking forward to socialising with friends in the industry from metropolitan areas.
Rock of Ages owner Milly said that the festival was also a good opportunity to showcase what the parlour had to offer.
"At Surf 'n' Ink we have a larger audience and we can show them what we do and because each of us have a unique style they might decided to come to Lennox and get some work done," Milly said. "The biggest thing for us is evolving as artists and learning new skills to bring back to the area."
Mr Roelink, who specialises in Asian tattoos, said he was excited to attend the festival for his second year running.
"It's really good to be able to meet up with other tattoo artists and spend a bit more time chatting to clients."
SURF 'N' INK
The festival will be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Friday to Sunday. For more information and tickets visit the website tattoofestival.com.au.