Fri 27 Apr 2012 to Sun 29 Apr 2012

Rites of Passage Tattoo Convention & Arts Festival is a three day arts, tattoo and music festival with a focus on tattoo history & culture held at the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens Melbourne. The festival will provide an opportunity to see or be tattooed by some of the world’s most respected, renowned and up-and-coming tattooists, showcasing their artwork on living canvas.

The 2012 Rites of Passage Festival features performances from tattooing tribes around the world, Australian Tattoo Industry Awards, seminars, tattoo history museum, tattoo competitions, fashion shows, face of Tiki Town 2012, Dr Sketchy & Lars Krutak aka Tattoo Hunter, plus many more to be announced. With a huge emphasis on celebrating creativity as a means to connect, Rites of Passage hopes to create a dynamic, shared space.

The festival will to take you on a journey to lands forgotten and cultures undiscovered, to re-explore the real reason people get tattooed in both the modern and ancient world. This unique event aims to be as eco-friendly as possible, showcasing everything from organic, locally grown produce, to eco-friendly tattoo supplies. 100% of the profits made from the festival will go towards buying old growth forest and/or agricultural land, which will be replanted with native rainforest and various Indigenous Australian charities.

WHEN: April 27-29th
WHERE: Royal Exhibition Centre, Carlton gardens Melbourne