Tattoo Expos are usually large events devoted to the art of tattooing, piercing and scarification.
They cater to specialized sections of society that would be interested in getting their body marked such as bikers, members of the military and people with alternative Goth or erotic-based lifestyles.
Tattoo expos can be large or small events and can take place in a huge auditorium or a smaller mall or even outdoor venue.
Many tattoo expos feature exhibitions of photographs of tattoos by well known tattoo artists, displays of original tattoo designs and body tattoo and scarification contests where the best body modification technique wins a prize.
At these exhibitions there are raffles and contests to encourage you to win a tattoo as well as free merchandise.
As tattoos are very associated with alternative culture and also music there are usually t-shirts, leather goods, sex-fetish objects and related goods shown at these exhibitions.
Fashion shows by off-beat designers and performances by well-known musicians are also often part of these shows. As piercing is usually a feature of these expos you can also expect to find a lot of jeweler vendors on hand.
Aside from vendors displaying their talents and offering discounted tattoos there is also usually suppliers to tattoo artists on hand who sell needles, auto-clave sterilizers and other items specific to the industry.
Schools and teachers of people aspiring to join the industry are also often present as are displays and education about health matters and history of this very personal art.
Tattoo artists interested in keeping up with the latest trends also often attend so that they can offer their clients the latest services.
If you are looking for a way to cover up or remove a tattoo then you can often find booths at these fairs offering laser removal surfaces or artists that can suggest away to change or improve your existing tattoos.
These exhibitions often feature a catalogue or brochure to help you plan how you will navigate through the different booths well in advance of the event.
There are also usually beer tents, food vendors and book and DVD publishers and retailers selling interesting material.