Muggles of all ages are invited to attend an inaugural tattoo convention in Chattanooga next spring.
Designed to be an intersection of "literary, fantasy and artistic magic," Literary Ink will be as much about Harry Potter as it is about tattoos.
More than 30 tattoo artists whose work highlights a passion for all things literary will attend. In addition, the event will feature more than 40 vendors, a Harry Potter meets Chattanooga scavenger hunt, a tattoo meet-and-greet dinner, Harry Potter drinks, tattoo contests and other book-themed events.
Executive chef Eric Fulkerson of Bald Headed Bistro will be providing "magical treats." Vendors will be announced closer to the event.
Early bird three-day passes will be $60. Single-day tickets are $25 each.
Organizers will also offer a "Portkey Pass" for $100. It will include the three-day pass, a T-shirt designed by Literary Ink artists, a lanyard representing your "House," a print only available through the pass and a few other magical objects.
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Click here for more information.
Jennifer Edge is co-owner of Main Line Ink. Her passion for literature—especially Harry Potter—prompted her to seek out artists for Harry Potter designs that would eventually become her sleeve tattoo.
"As I was seeking artists through Instagram, it kind of dawned on me that there was no place just for this," Edge said. "I started thinking about it, and it's kind of taken on a mind of its own."
The "Harry Potter" series of books was created by J.K. Rowling. The seven novels—published from 1997 to 2007—follow the fantastical adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Edge said conventions can be a way for a client to gain access to an artist they would otherwise have to travel to see.
And Literary Ink is not just about Harry Potter and tattoos. Edge said all literary/book enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.
"It's about any literary project," she said. "We're eventually hoping to take this on the road. The Harry Potter thing has people excited, but it's really about any books."
Edge has seen a growing interest in literary-themed tattoos.
"There are plenty of book readers who get book-themed tattoos," she said. "I've done 10 'Great Gatsby' tattoos—all of them different—and several Kurt Vonnegut designs. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, and that's the reason the first one is Harry Potter-themed."
Edge said many tattoo conventions are all business, but she wants to make sure convention attendees and artists have time for fun and camaraderie.
"It's about taking a moment and not just getting a tattoo and leaving, but realizing that Chattanooga is welcoming these artists to come in," she said.
Edge reached out to several prominent artists featured on Hogwarts Tattoo—an Instagram account featuring Harry Potter-themed tattoos—and several said they would attend the convention.
Artists will be visiting from Australia, Wisconsin, Colorado and California.
A list of announced artists is below. More artists will be announced closer to the event.
Click here for the artist sign-up page.
- Gabrielle Ripka (New York)
- Azha (Mississippi)
- Corin Webb (Maine)
- Helen Farber (California)
- Justin Nordine (Colorado)
- Kyle Patrick (North Carolina)
- Chris Toler (North Carolina)
- Amber BananaFish (Indiana)
- Victoria Kurtz (Indiana)
- Alexis Gillenwater (Indiana)
- Jess White (California)
- Chelsey Hamilton (California)
- Kadee Spangler (Indiana)
- Kelly McGrath (North Carolina)
- Betsy Butler (South Carolina)
- Brandy Patterson (Tennessee)
- Kris Ford (Tennessee)
- Mikey Newblood (Tennessee)
- Julia Neely (Tennessee)
- Lisa Marie Doll (Maryland)
- Mandi Johnson (Maryland)
- April Nicole Stead (Indiana)
- Dane Smith (Indiana)
Edge said she is already planning future Literary Ink events.
"I'm as big of a Stephen King fan as I am Harry Potter," she said.