Tattoo Convention Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I tattoo at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering?
A: Sorry to say that the Paradise Tattoo Gathering has very few booths, is invite only and for all intents and purposes is sold out. We have a small waiting list of artists recommended by the major sponsors and current lineup. The Tattoo Gathering is an event designed for artists to come and take part in the seminars, panels, and workshops and we do have availability in the live painting room. If you were tattooing you would be missing out on the opportunity to be learning! If your hell bent on working the show, then you should come and participate as all the people who scrub the invite list will be participating in the events all weekend. It truly is an honor so many artists would like to work the show, thanks for your interest. Of course, you are more than welcome to email us a link to your portfolio and we can keep you in mind for future events. There are a limited number of live painting spaces avaiable at the Gathering. We also pull artists from our sister event, the Paradise Artist Retreat, which is a chance for artists of all levels to create art alongside experts and masters.
Q: Can people get tattoos at the Paradise Tattoo Gathering?
A: Yes, there will be amazing tattoo artists plying their trade from Friday to Sunday. Some artists may tattoo on Thursday by appointment only. While many artists will be booked, many artists work on a first come first serve basis so everyone who attends can get a tattoo with a quality tattooer.
Q: How much do tattoos cost?
A: Tattoo artists set their own prices either be by the hour, piece, or session. You should discuss pricing with your tattoo artist prior to getting tattooed. The artists working the Paradise Tattoo Gathering are at the top of their game, you probably wont find too many artists working cheap, though everyone is very fair. Keep in mind tips are customary too. Tattoo Gathering LLC has nothing to do with pricing of tattoos by artists.
Q: How do I get a tattoo from one of the artists?
A: Many tattoo artists will book appointments prior to the event, and many will book their weekend on the first day of the show. If you are interested in having a tattoo done at the Gathering, it is recommended you research their work and try to make an appointment prior to the event. You must contact the artist directly to make an appointment and secure any deposits. Tattoo Gathering LLC is not involved in arranging appointments. Check out the artist list and email your artist directly!
Q: Is there an age minimum to receive a tattoo?
A: No one under the age of 18 is permitted to have a tattoo performed at the Tattoo Gathering- NO EXCEPTIONS. Prior to beginning any work, artists are required to obtain a copy of proof of the client’s age as well as a signed consent form.
Q: Is it safe to get a tattoo at a convention?
A: Yes, all exhibiting shops are licensed Tattooers and are required to adhere to strict health & sterilization requirements. The Western Mass Health Department and Health Educators will be on site monitoring artists to ensure proper health & sterilization requirements are being met.
Q: Can I bring my family to the event?
A: Yes- while we do not advertise this show as a ‘family’ event, we do not restrict attendees based on age. Each attendee must purchase a ticket and be wearing a wristband at all times. Please note that no tattoos will be given to anyone under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent.
Q: Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
A: No, tickets will be available at the Welcome Center the day of the event. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you can avoid waiting in line at the Welcome Center and save a little money!
Q. I bought tickets and am no longer able to attend the show. Can I get a refund?
A. No. All tickets are non-refundable. No refunds will be issued for any reason.
Q: Will there be food & beverages available at the event?
A: Yes, there are many restaurants in the area, and a free shuttle throughout the resort.
Q: Can I bring a camera/take pictures?
A: Pictures are permitted ONLY IF you are taking pictures for yourself (not for profit or for a publication) with a non-professional camera AND receive permission from the artist and/or tattoo owner. Only those who have received specific permission from Tattoo Gathering, LLC and have obtained a press pass are permitted to use professional, SLR-type cameras and/or take pictures for any publication, website or otherwise for profit. The use of video cameras & camcorders is also restricted only to designated members of the press.
Q: I am a member of the press- how do I get a press pass?
A: All press requests must be made in advance by contacting Tattoo Gathering, LLC and will be granted to news organizations at our discretion. In general, press passes will only be granted to official members of the press able to produce official press credentials. We do not accept press pass requests from website/blog owners or contributors, online-only publications or broadcasts, or independent videographers/filmmakers. Those who are approved for a press pass will be on a list at the door, and can only be picked up by the person whose name is listed after displaying proper press credentials.
Q: What is the shipping address for the event?
0633 Tennis Club Road
Keystone, CO 80435
Q: Where do I pay for the remaining seminar balance?
Prior to entering the seminar room, there will be a staff member collecting the remaining seminar balance. Please be at the seminar room 30 minutes prior to the start time of the seminar. CASH ONLY.