NC Tattoo Convention illustrates cross-section of humanity

by Jordan Green

The 12th annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention got underway on Sept. 8 and ran through Sunday at the Marriot hotel in downtown Greensboro. Attendance started out light and gradually picked up through the first afternoon, with electric needles whirring into action as skin-and-ink artists doted over their human canvasses.

Little John’s Tattoo of Greensboro brought in artists from across the Tar Heel State, not to mention New York, Florida and points between. The Winston-Salem chapter of the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club manned a clothing merchandise table, its members parading in denim and Confederate battle flag imagery.

A member of the 102 JAMZ on-air talent stable was represented, and the late rapper Tre’ Stylez was memorialized in ink on the upper arm of one of the convention’s attendees. The sound system permeated the meeting room with an aggro music selection that ran the gamut between Black Sabbath and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue (The Angry American).”

There were punks and active-duty soldiers. It was the whole welter of humanity, bruh.