Golden State Tattoo Expo Returns to the Pasadena Convention Center With Nikko Hurtado and Carlos Torres

September 07, 2023

Presented by Inked Magazine, the Golden State Tattoo Expo returns September 15 – September 17

The Pasadena Convention Center welcomes the Golden State Tattoo Expo as the event brings the best tattoo artists in the world to the west coast from September 15 – 17. Hosted by renowned tattoo artists Nikko Hurtado and Carlos Torres, Golden State Tattoo Expo is presented by Inked Magazine.

“It is so wonderful to have Golden State Tattoo Expo take over the Pasadena Convention Center once again,” said Michael Ross, CEO of the Pasadena Center Operating Company. “Every year, the best of the best descends on Pasadena to push the boundaries of artistic creativity in the tattoo industry. We are proud to provide our visitors with a premiere venue, exceptional service, and a world of shopping, dining and entertainment in our walkable downtown areas."

Tattoo celebrity Nikko Hurtado has been featured on numerous shows such as LA Ink, Tattoo Wars, Spike TV’s Ink Master, and more. His clients include The Rock, Drake, Diddy, The Game, Wale, and Kat VonD. Renowned tattoo artist Carlos Torres is known for his black and gray realism and surrealism work. The duo has brought special guests from around the world to participate in the expo, including Pony Lawson, Sefano Alcantara, Michael Hussar, Jess Yen, Mumia, Tony Mancia, Andres Cardozo (Shugar Kong), and more. For a full list of artists, click here.

Attendees will enjoy three days of programming, seminars from the ink masters, live tattooing, as well as a vendor market for art, body jewelry, tools, fashion, and more. Tattoo competitions and award announcements are held daily, with categories such as best sleeve, best of the day, best coverup, and more.

Event Details:

  • Pasadena Convention Center | 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, California 91101
  • Friday, September 15 at 4 p.m. until 12 a.m.
  • Saturday, September 16 at 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Sunday, September 17 at 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $60 for the weekend\ or $30 for each day and can be purchased here. To prepare for your visit to the Pasadena Convention Center, please review these FAQs.