Knoxville Tattoo Convention 2016

At the end of August the Charmed Life crew headed to the Knoxville Tattoo Convention, along with our friends at Quality Custom Tattoos. Knoxville treated us so well: great food, great people, great tattoos. We have to thank our awesome hosts at Saint Tattoo for showing us some Knoxville gems! Thankfully, we'll be seeing one of them very soon...but more on that later. If you find yourself in this cool little city, be sure to stop by their shop and get yourself a Sunsphere tattoo. 

Here's a little peek at the debauchery that was had during our trip: 

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 Wes and one of his first tattoos of the weekend; a beautiful watercolor butterfly!

This convention was Wes' first and he made the Charmed Life crew proud! This beautiful watercolor butterfly tattoo is just one many tattoos he knocked out. 

 Ryan Dills, of Quality Custom Tattoos, putting in work. 
Ryan Dills Tattoo

Ryan Dills spent the weekend with us, and we were so impressed with the tattoos walking out of his booth. Take a peek of his work on Instagram.

Finding Pete's Coffee Shop was a real treat for us. This quintessential diner, owned and operated by Pete and family (pictured right), is unlike anything we have here in Lexington.  (Are we wrong? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to find something similar.) We had our food in 5 minutes, tops. The food was great, the coffee was average; just how a diner should be!  

 Rose & Mom tattoo by Robert during the Convention. 

Rose & Mom tattoo by Robert during the Convention. 

Robert Alleyne Charmed Life Tattoo
 Skulls & Skin Cheese by Robert- A convention dream! 

Skulls & Skin Cheese by Robert- A convention dream! 

 We spotted a lil' piece of Kentucky by the Sunsphere. Do you know about  Wink's Bar?

We spotted a lil' piece of Kentucky by the Sunsphere. Do you know about Wink's Bar?

Sunday morning we were taken to Knox Mason for brunch by the Saint Tattoo guys. Can't go wrong with Benton's bacon, Eggs Monroe, Mississippi Catfish w/ grits, and humongous pitchers of Mimosas. Just what we needed after a long night of partying. 

Robert did this gorgeous peony on Sunday. He has a lot of Japanese-style tattoos in the works the next few weeks, stay tuned! 

Doc Cooper and friends brought us to Emilia's at Market Square on Sunday night. They had delicious Italian cuisine with an impressive bourbon selection. We drank through the majority of it before the end of the night. 

After Emilia's, we squeezed into a few cars and headed over to the Saint Tattoo shop for a late night walkthrough. Guys, this place was awesome! Flash from floor to ceiling, a crazy book collection, filled with awesome people. Are you following them on Instagram? Do it now: Doc Cooper, Nick Shipley, &  Justin Norton. We were joined by Buck LeWallen , another talented tattooer at Jolly Roger Tattoo in Georgia. 

How did the night end up? Wes summed it up pretty well: 

 

We can't wait for our next convention! We had so much fun making new friends, eating good food, and creating fun tattoos for people. Where should we go next?