Gallery: Telford welcomes ink and engines for Tattoo Freeze and Camper Mart

Tattoo and camper van enthusiasts turned up in their thousands for two large exhibitions.

Gallery: Telford welcomes ink and engines for Tattoo Freeze and Camper Mart

Louis Dilloway and Claudia Dring from Matlock

Visitors, tattoo artists and van owners from Cannock headed to Telford International Centre for Tattoo Freeze and Camper Mart on Sunday.

At Tattoo Freeze, which is in its seventh year and is billed as the UK’s favourite family tattoo event, more than 200 artists had stalls set up.

And running alongside it, Camper Mart filled a hall with everything Volkswagen bus lovers could want, including a variety of weird, wacky and wonderful designs.

Steve Porter and Andy Massey, from Cannock, enjoyed checking out all the exhibits at the two events.

Event manager Alice Richardson said: “I’m thrilled with how many people are here. This is the seventh year we’ve been at the Telford International Centre.It’s always a brilliant event, it’s continually growing every year, both Tattoo Freeze and Camper Mart.”

Miss Richardson said despite getting a tattoo being restricted to over 18s, there was plenty to keep younger visitors entertained.

“It’s a very family friendly day,” she said. “We’ve got UK Garrison – a group of people who dress as Star Wars characters – raising money for the Children’s Liver Foundation. They’re adding a lot of fun to the event.

“We’ve got a team of children’s entertainers telling stories, a roller derby taking place throughout the day, live music, face painting, glitter tattoos for children, bouncy castles, and ukelele workshops, so plenty for children to see and do.

“There will already be people who have tattoos and people coming in who are a blank canvas. A lot of people are curious as well,” she said.

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“It’s becoming more and more acceptable in the wider industry and as an art form and in the media.”

Simon Pateman, from InkMe Studios in Cannock, said he thought the variety of styles was one of the reasons people keep returning.

He said: “We’ve got six booths this year with our artists doing black and white and greys, full colour, watercolour style, Disney and graffiti style tattoos. One of our artists Richie won an award last year.”

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