Tat up at convention

Annual tattoo event to take place next week

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 16, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Logan Lucas, freshman, shows his space tattoo. Lucas is a physics major who is interested in the solar system.

Trufant Bros. Tattoo will host a tattoo convention on Feb. 24-26 at the McNease Convention Center that is open to the public.

On Friday they are going to be open from 2-10 p.m., Saturday from noon-10 p.m. and Sunday from noon-8 p.m.

"We try to keep it the same hours as the tattoo shop," Trufant Bros. Tattoo owner Aubrey Trufant said.

Trufant said this year is the 8th annual event.

"It’s an event based on experiences we had on our own; we would travel and go to these tattoo conventions across the country or even out of the country," Trufant said.

Trufant said several years ago they thought ‘why not bring that back to Angelo?’

"We have all these great tattooers coming in to give the general public here a chance of getting something special without having to make the trip," Trufant said.

Trufant said they have a three day event and do tattoos live at the convention center.

"Everybody comes here and we celebrate," Trufant said.

Trufant said the event is a great opportunity for the public in San Angelo to get a "great tattoo by someone phenomenal."

Trufant said if you are on the market for a good tattoo, there is somebody there offering everything.

"Somebody is going to be able to do what you want, whether you’re in it for a good portrait, a nice traditional tattoo or a Japanese tattoo, there are people who specialize in these categories," Trufant said.

Trufant said tattoo artists from Los Angeles to New York are going to be in San Angelo at the convention.

"It’s a no-brainer," Trufant said.

Trufant said the daily passes are $16.50 and the weekend passes are $31.50.

"So suppose you show up and buy a day pass on Friday and you found the person you want to get a tattoo from," Trufant said. "They are all booked up, it would just be better to buy the weekend passes."

Trufant said it’s better to buy the weekend pass so that people get access to the event for all three days versus paying for a daily pass every day.

The Trufant Bros. hosts the event every year.

"I put it on, I think it’s great," Trufant said.

Trufant said it seems to grow each year and that it get better and better every time.

"I’m very proud of myself and my brother for putting together a good event every year," Trufant said.

Trufant said it is a lot of work but it’s worth it.

"It’s difficult so when it comes out a success in the end it’s something to feel good about walking away," Trufant said.

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