One event that looked like becoming one of the highlights of the calendar year did exactly that as the Cariad Ink Festival was a roaring success in Llandudno over the weekend.
In its second incarnation of 2013, the festival held earlier in the year is no match for the scale and popularity of this superb showcase for the tattoo community.
The two day inkstravaganza had much to get excited about and it certainly didn’t disappoint with such a fantastic array of tattooists and acts who took to the stage over both Saturday and Sunday at this bijou weekend which highlighted the best of the alternative community.
Tattooists from as far as the U.S.A and Sweden flocked to the family-friendly occasion to compete and delight with their designs. Everywhere you looked, experts were hard at work at their craft with the likes of Inky Gee, Chin ‘n’ Ink and Inkvasion flourishing at Venue Cymru.
Crowds piled in on the Saturday as they looked to pick up a couple of fantastic tips, grab a t-shirt from one of the many fantastic vendors or to just socialise with friends in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The acts and performers were as varied as they come with musical offerings from local favourites Cherry Tree Walk as headliners on Saturday really stirring the crowd up as they sang their hits with one or two covers chucked into the mix. Sunday saw other local acts such as Straight Jacket Legends, who have toured with the likes of Wheatus, and Call of Jupiter who brought a classic rock feeling to proceedings with their original material and Bon Jovi covers.
Those who fancied something a little more eye-catching were clamouring to the front as the burlesque performer Suzie Sequin showed off to the delighted crowd. Sunday saw the arrival of the up and coming North Wales Pole & Aerial Art Academy who amazed with their gravity defying act and the future looks bright for the troupe which offers lessons to all interested.
The competition was as closely-contested as you’d expect with many brilliant submissions over several different categories. The big gong on the night went to Rosie from Top Notch Tattoos for an amazing back piece and was delighted to pick up her award.
After the stalls and tattoo guns were all packed away, next year’s edition of this inky celebration looks like it could be even bigger for the end of November and it’s definitely found a home in the heart of North Wales.