• Pasadena Convention Center
  • 300 E. Green St.
  • Pasadena, CA 91101
  • United States
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 - Sunday, January 27, 2019
  • Inked Presents

    The Golden State Tattoo Expo 2019 brings together some of the world’s top tattoo artists, whose exceptional work clouds the line between fine art and tattoos. Their work ranges from photo-realistic black-and-gray portraits to colorful original pieces, classic traditional images, new school comic-like illustrations and intricate geometric designs. The expo is hosted by Nikko Hurtado and Carlos Torres and will take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. There will also be vendors, music, contests, entertainment and an art gallery.

    Dates and Times

    Friday, January 25, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 12:00 am
    Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
    Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


    Tickets start at $30 per day and $60 for weekend admission, you may purchase tickets online via TicketWeb.


    Special Guests

    Paul Booth | He is a mastermind behind Last Rites. He is the owner of Last Rites Tattoo and Last Rites Gallery.

    Stefano Alcantara | He is self taught in the art of tattooing. In terms of tattooing, the human skin is a unique canvas that allows him to create a permanent mark in someones life.

    Norm | He turned his love of urban culture into fine art. He manages his time between Hawaii and Los Angeles.

    Big Sleeps | He is one of the cultures most respected artists.  His book “Neighborhood Offerings” has even been picked up at the Getty Research institute.


    Friday, January 25, 2019 | Competitions include best color portrait, best sleeve (arm or leg), best chest or back piece, best black & grey portrait, and best of the day contest (started and completed day of the contest).

    Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Competitions include best small color, best large color, best small black and grey, best large black and grey, and best of day (started and completed day of contest)

    Sunday, January 27, 2019 | Competitions include best traditional, best coverup, best original, and best of day (started and completed day of the contest).


    Participating vendors are World Famous Tattoo Supply, Hustle Butter Deluxe, Metal Mafia, Famous Stars and Straps, Steadfast Brand, Hush, Waterloo, Ink Cheyenne, World, Fusion Ink, Radiant, Kuro Sumi, Blacksmith Body Jewelry, Workhorse Irons, Gladis Alejandre, Derma Numb, World of Pencils, Sullen Art Collective, Bearded Lady Vintage, Bishop Rotary, Cam Supply Inc, Tatu Derm, and Fallen King Irons.


    The seminars will take place Thursday, January 25th 10:00 am- 9:00 pm before the Golden State Tattoo Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center.

    Steve Butcher | “Working through color portraits with precision and speed”

    Russ Abbott | “Using digital technology in tattooing”

    Jesse Smith | “Character Development and using the iPad Pro”

    Shawn Barber | “The balance between fine art and tattooing”

    Franco Vescovi |“Building your empire: being a business owner and a tattooer”

    Mister Cartoon | “Creating a Career”

    Carlos Torres | “Where to look for inspiration in your creative process”

    Boris | “Staying Motivated, Inspired, and Current in Tattooing”

    Nikko Hurtado | “Going against the grain and keeping the passion alive for your craft”


    Michael Hussar will teach an oil painting seminar and focus on the tips and techniques he uses himself. You must bring all your own supplies for this workshop.


    Plomo the Magician | Plomo the Magician performs nightly at the expo.

    Reigning Burlesque Queen LouLou D’Vil | Performance by Reigning Burlesque Queen LouLou D’Vil

    Freakshow Deluxe | Performences by Freakshow Deluxe


    Parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center for $15 per day for up to 16 hours or $21 per day for in and out privileges. The subterranean parking structure is located under the convention center and is shared with the Sheraton Pasadena. There are two entrances to the parking structure, (1) on Euclid Avenue between Green St. and Cordova St., and (2) on Marengo Ave. between Green St. and Cordova St. View Map

    Metro Gold Line

    The Metro Gold Line is a light rail train system that runs from Downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena. There are two train station within walking distance, (1) Del Mar Station is three blocks away, it takes about ten minutes to walk to the Pasadena Convention Center and there is a small hill. Memorial Park Station is four blocks away, it takes about eight minutes to walk to Live on Green and there are no hills on this route. Cost is $1.75 per person each way, students K-12 pay $1 each way.

  • Cost: $30-$60
  • Venue Information

  • Pasadena Convention Center
  • T: (626)793-2122
  • Venue Website
  • Organizer Information

  • NY Empire State / Golden State Tattoo Expo
  • T: 646-595-8321
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