Following its debut edition last December, the Cairo Tattoo Convention has been penciled in for its 2015 edition on the 6th and 7th of November, and is promising to bigger and better than before.
Championed by famed tattoo artist, Orne Gill, and Zamalek-based tattoo parlour, Nowhere Land, the location of this year’s convention has yet to be announced, but the two-day event will once again see tattoo artists, as well as piercers, from across the world infiltrate Cairo, with live music and other performances looking to be a feature, too.
The project is a huge undertaking for Gil and co, who have, on more than one occasion, been ostracised by some sectors of the local media continue to dismiss tattoo culture. A short biography of sorts on the official Cairo Tattoo Convention website points out a particular incident in which a photograph of Gill appeared on the front page of a right-wing newspaper in the first few months of the tattoo artist's Egyptian adventure, somehow equating tattoos to drugs, alcohol and loose-living. Typical Egyptian media.
Since then, however, Gill and Nowhere Land have worked tirelessly to legitimise their craft and the Cairo Tattoo Convention serves to do exactly that, with last year's edition receiving positive coverage in Egypt and abroad.
By Cairo Gossip