“The decoration, so-called, of the human body by tattoo designs is, in our culture, a barbaric survival, often associated with a morbid or abnormal personality.” -Judge Aron Steuer, Grossman v. Baumgartner.
Back when I used to think that going to tattoo conventions was a fun thing to do, I always loved the NYC Convention held at the Roseland Ballroom. During the years I attended I was lucky enough to have met personalities as diverse as Sonny Barger, Linda Lovelace and Joe Coleman (who’s included in the photos here, along with 90s/2000s convention mainstay Andrew Gore) mixing it up with the tattooed masses.
These photos- scanned from 35mm prints- were from the 2001 NYC Convention. I’ve long since misplaces the artist credits for the tattoos pictured.