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Inked Alaskans: Tattoo event connects artists and customers

  • Author: Marc Lester
  • Updated: August 12, 2018
  • Published August 11, 2018

Tattoo artist Bryan Wright works with a client.  (Marc Lester / ADN)

The Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center buzzed with the sound of tattoo guns Saturday. It was second day of the three-day Ink Masters Tattoo Show. Co-host Theresa Bae said the event consisted of 74 booths totaling about 140 artists. "It's like one big tattoo shop," Bae said.

All but about 15 of the tattoo businesses represented traveled here from Outside to participate, giving customers access to artists they might not otherwise be able to reach, Bae said. Artists set their own prices and schedules, and on midday Saturday most were busy working with customers. Bae said the event was also a chance for aspiring tattoo artists to meet and collaborate with other professionals.

The tattoo show continues Sunday, Aug. 12 at the Dena'ina Center, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Anchorage tattoo business SDI Tattoos co-hosted the event.

Austin Pyle, of Anchorage, gets a tattoo from Danielle White of Primal Instinct Tattoo.  (Marc Lester / ADN)
Maurice Williams of Anchorage works with tattoo artist Beth Maseuli of Southside Tattoo. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Courtney Fremont, of Wasilla, is tattooed by Laura Craver of Anchorage. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Line work of Jimi Hendrix is applied to a customer’s arm by tattoo artist Kevin Caron of Sin Inc. Tattoo. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Alicia Adachi is tattooed by Alex Truxillo. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Alan Angeles, of Aspired Ink, tattoos LaDarius Anthony.  (Marc Lester / ADN)
Beth Maseuli of Southside Tattoo prepares to work on Maurice Williams of Anchorage.  (Marc Lester / ADN)
Tattoo artist Emily Rodkey, of Juneau, works on Gabby Anderson of Anchorage. (Marc Lester / ADN)

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