The Asheville Tattoo Fest has started with lots of Artists, Vendors and Sponsors coming into town, and getting set up at the Renaissance Hotel. You can see the schedule of events for the festival here and make plans to stop by this great event this weekend!
And, we have a special birthday party coming up for Daniel Allen called Birthcation on March 5th at Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville. Come celebrate @adajers birthday with awesome friends in the community.
After assisting with and witnessing the incredible success of the 2012 event last year; G Social Media proposed an extremely comprehensive online package which included a new logo/brand, website and social media… the perfect online plan. The Asheville Tattoo Fest met, voted to make this happen and the work began. The perfect team was put in place. Gary teamed up with OX + CO, a premium graphic & web design company with offices in AVL and Colorado, to create the logo and online image. Then Zero Zen, an incredible website building firm in Asheville, was brought in to do the back-end web development. G Social Media did the full project management for ATF, AskAsheville and several other projects their group has successfully completed and are currently working on. The end result with a team like this? It speaks for itself.
The main photos used in the graphics on the Asheville Tattoo Fest website were taken by Olivia Marone Photography. In 2012 she worked closely with G Social Media as he was taking videos of the event, tweeting and sharing. Another photographer named Ryan C. Izon also took many photos and shared them online.
Artists and Fans of the “Art of Tattooing” will definitely love the new website which features Vendors, Artists and Sponsors online and year round.
The Tattoo Fest is going to be a 4 day event. The event begins on Thursday March 15th with an early set-up for Artists and Vendors from 4pm – 8pm at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel. Then at 8pm, we have H2Ocean throwing an Artist’s Lifetime Achievement Party. This is a VIP event, free to attending Artists and Piercers, but there are also a limited number of tickets are available to the public for $15 each.
Then we have Friday March 16, 2012: From 11am – Midnight, there will be Tattooing going on the Convention Floor. The Art Walk (Fri, Sat, Sun) is actually a 375 foot hallway filled with local Asheville Art from featured Artists. There will also be a custom car and motorcycle show in the hotel parking lot. And there will also be a Kids Zone for the children. Then from 5pm – 8pm, there will be an “Art Fusion” time where you will get to see Live Art from the attending Artists. 8pm is when it gets a little frisky as they have the Pin-Up Girl Contest presented by Pin-Ups for Pitbulls . At 9pm, there will be Live Entertainment on the main stage. At 10pm, there will be the “Tattoo of the day Contest”
Saturday March 17th will have Tattooing from 11am – Midnight. The custom car and motorcycle show will continue during this time as well as the Kids Zone. At 2pm, there will be a Seminar presented by Tattoo Archive on “The History of Tattooing in NC” and from 4pm to 8pm, there will be Tattoo Contests on the main stage. Also, from 5pm – 8pm, there will be a downtown Asheville Art Gallery and Bar Scavenger Hunt with prizes galore. At 8pm, there will be the Cut Throat Freak Show on the main stage Machine Building Seminar for Artists Only. At 9pm there will be live music on the main stage and also a free Seminar that is open to the public on Tattoo Artist Paul Rodgers. At 10pm, there is the “Tattoo of the day Contest” on the main stage and also the “Best Booth in Show Contest” on the floor. Then at 11pm, the Prick Magazine and Moog after party will be on the upper level and it will be kickin until 2 in the morning. Of course not everyone can fit up here, but they are working with some local venues that are offering live music and great specials for those with a ticket to the festival. Check your grab bag for more details.
On Sunday, March 18th, there will be Tattooing on the convention floor from 11am – 7pm. The custom car show, motorcycle show, and Kids Zone will be going on as well. At 2pm, there will be a Raffle of the Art Fusion pieces and also of a “Pocket Rocket” motorcycle. All proceeds will go to benefit the Art Space Charter School. At 3pm, there will be an Award for the best custom motorcycle and car in the show. At 5pm, there will be the “Tattoo of the day Contest” finale. The event ends at 7pm with an Artist’s Dinner at 8pm. The Sunday night after party will be at the Arcade Asheville with 1/2 price beer and liquor. Sounds like a party to me.