As a chorus of needles sizzled inside a Hynes Convention Center function hall, hundreds of body artists and enthusiasts convened at the 15th Annual Boston Tattoo Convention this weekend.
More than 100 booths boasted posters, paintings, tattoo-making gear, leather get-ups and many human canvasses getting inked on the spot.
The convention every year brings some of the best tattoo artists from up and down the East Coast and around the world.
The Boston stop is one of his favorites, said artist, magician and event emcee The Synystr Mr. Syxx, who was prowling the convention floor making announcements through a wireless microphone.
“This one really does concentrate on friends getting together doing what we love to do in a really positive environment,” Styxx said in an interview. His two-pronged beard, like long upside-down devil horns, flapped as he talked. “This is one of the most up shows that I do and I probably do 30 shows a year.”
The diversity in the crowd is what makes it fun, he said. From the artists made famous online or on TV shows like Spike’s “Ink Master,” to the unknowns just starting out, everyone is represented at Boston’s biggest body art fest, said Syxx.
“You have some of the best in the world sitting here right now,” he said.
Metro stopped by on Sunday, the last hurrah for the three-day convention. Here is what we heard from those who left with a permanent memento: