Just like puppies, tattoos aren’t just for Christmas. But unlike puppies, they don’t die, leaving you desperately lonely and sad – they stick around as long as you do. So if it feels like the right time to finally get that portrait of Boris Johnson or your first girlfriend’s name in a heart, you could do a lot worse than head down to Tobacco Docks for the 9th International London Tattoo Convention this weekend (September 27-29).
Whether you’re a novice or a serious collector, there will be 300 tattooists in the house and some of the biggest names in international needling, including artists from Smith Street Tattoo in New York and Holy Trauma in Spain, alongside local Soho faves Frith Street Tattoo. As well as the tats, there’ll also be music, burlesque performances, the Miss Pinup UK competition and loads of good (and bad) tattoo art. It’s sure to be absolutely ink-redible. Eddy Frankel
Just make sure you don’t end up with one like these 10 shit London tattoos.