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Melbourne is full of subcultures and a perfect example of this is Rites of Passage Tattoo festival on this weekend, 20-22 April 2018.

Hosting some of Australia’s most talented tattoo artists, this year’s festival is set to be one of the country’s biggest events of its kind, with more than 300 International and local artists taking part.

Festival Director, Kevin Mack says the event is designed to celebrate art and diversity. “Tattoos aren’t just for the young and rebellious, they are a form of art and self-expression, and art for everyone. Anyone can attend our events, whether you have tattoos or not, and we always aim to create a fun, inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.”

Selection of a few featured artists

Featuring artists like Ben Kaye from New Zealand, Ben Ochoa from America and Japanese artist Shigenori Iwasaki, the festival looks at all aspects of tattoo art from the more traditional forms of work to more contemporary styles and the latest trends. The festival also offers seminars for tattoo artists, with sessions on Colour Portrait and tattoo machines.

Offering three days of competitions, education sessions, a full selection of food and brewery trucks, the festival will also host a range of tattoo retailers, streetwear and entertainment options for everyone, including circus performers, live acoustic sets, DJs and more.

International contortionist, Shun, will be wowing crowds with performances over the weekend

See a different style of art and diversity at the Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival this weekend at the Royal Exhibition Building!


Dates: 20 - 22 April 2018

Location: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC

Times: Saturday; 10am to 10pm, Sunday; 10am to 6pm

Tickets: Admission costs apply – see website for full details

Rites of Passage Website

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