Richmond Tattoo & Arts Festival displays city’s artistic scene

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Ink, Ink and more ink was on display today at the Richmond Tattoo & Arts festival.

“Richmond’s tattoo and art scene is awesome, I mean it’s one of the best places in the world to be an artist,” said organizer Jesse Smith.

Smith says they expected more than 5,000 people to come through the festival by days end.

“We’ve got good collectors here, we’ve got great artists, there is just a really thick artistic scene in Richmond and if there is any place in the world this is the place it should happen.”

This was the first year that Smith and his partner took over the event, and so far reviews are very good.

“The individuality, the art, I’ve been getting tattoos since the 70’s so I didn’t just start yesterday,” said attendee Charlie Corkum,

Most of these tattoo fans here say this isn’t their first go-round. For them, this is a yearly tradition.

“I’ve been coming to this festival since 1993. It’s been a long time, so I am glad it’s back in the Koger center,” said artist James Vaughn.

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