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Tattoo fair returns to Rio de Janeiro after 2-year pandemic hiatus

Rio de Janeiro, May 20 (EFE).- Tattoo Week, one of Latin America’s biggest events in the tattoo and piercing industry, returned on Friday to this Brazilian metropolis after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

A total of 250 stands will be set up during the three-day event, which will conclude on Sunday and feature around 2,500 exhibitors from the world of tattooing and piercing, mainly from Brazil and other Latin American countries.

Those exhibitors will include nearly 1,000 tattoo artists and piercing professionals who will showcase the latest trends and styles in that vast universe.

The event’s founder, Enio Conte, said one of the highlights of the 2022 edition will be a contest in which participants from all over the world will create works of art in 27 different tattoo styles.

The fair’s most prominent exhibitors will include Spain’s Eze Nunez, a specialist in “realism” tattooing whose works start at around 2,000 euros ($2,111) and can cost upwards of 10,000 euros for complete arm tattoos, organizers said in a statement.

Other world-renowned tattoo artists attending the fair include Spain’s Alberto Pina; Mexico’s Good Fellas Tattoo Collective; and Petrosas INK, a group of female Brazilians that specialize in themes of inclusion and in tattoo art for the Afro-descendant population.

A prize also will be awarded to the most stylishly tattooed couple during the three-day event.

Admission to the ninth edition of the fair is free for members of the general public. Donations of food will be accepted during the event and distributed to needy communities through social programs operated by Rio de Janeiro’s mayor’s office. EFE


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