2022 Calgary Tattoo Convention Recap
2022 Calgary Tattoo Convention Recap

2022 Calgary Tattoo Convention Recap

Alberta Bound Tattoo Convention - Calgary edition. One of the most anticipated shows, welcoming 500+ artists from all over the world!!

2022 Calgary Tattoo Convention Recap


Eikon at the Calgary convention 2022
The Eikon Road team with organizer Steve Peace - Photo ©Eikon Device

Calgary...Where to start?

THANK YOU @stevepeacetattoos and your team for this exquisite convention. It’s one we won’t soon forget…

For Artists (and Collectors) who travel across Canada from convention to convention, we all know that Calgary is host to one of the busiest ones around (if not THE busiest)! This year's show boasted 536 artists from across Canada and a few international surprises. You know the artists are excited when they start arriving early (I mean 8:30am EARLY) and are eager to get going, even though the doors don't open until 4pm!

This was the first convention back for many, and the sixth for others… But no matter which group you fell into, we all missed the regularity of the Canadian convention circuit and it showed. It was definitely clear by the longer hugs people were exchanging...

Calgary convention entertainment Friday
Some of the entertainment from Friday night at the Calgary Convention - Photo ©Eikon Device

As always, the tattooing was next level. We saw the old guard killing it (“bow down” to the backpiece by @mr.damian.robertson) and we also saw younger tattooers who’ve been around for just a few years - man oh man, were they thriving as well!

Damian Robertson working at Calgary Convention 2022
Damian Robertson at work on that epic backpiece - Photo ©Eikon Device

It was great to see the mix of both! Truly a nice sight, especially when you see stunning traditional Japanese backpieces done from A to Z over the weekend, along with the little Harry Potter themed piece by @migtatou that won “Small Tattoo of the Day” on Saturday.

@migatatou at work - Photo ©MigTatou

The after hours were just as special… The late nights at Greta Arcade Bar were amazing (and made us feel old). The Eikon team also discovered a wonderful little restaurant called Native Tongues, which we’d totally recommend to everyone next year. Those were just some of the perks that we loved. We heard sooooo many great stories from everyone who stopped by the booth, and we now have our own tales to tell about some of the fanciest restaurants, like HY’s restaurant where we survived a fire… Ok, ok, it was just the alarm… But it was really awesome to end up spending time with a great bunch of artists and have even better chats!

To those who stopped by the booth, thank you! We tried hard to work for you all weekend, and we appreciate that you spent time hanging out, asking questions and talking about tattoos and so much more that we needed to catch up on…

A big shoutout to @discopotatoes who not only took time out of his weekend to tattoo Rebecca, but also did a little customer service work in the booth during his down time… Lets just say he shouldn't quit his day job…lol.

Sign-wars....Calgary 2022

We hope we saw you there!!! If not, let's catch up next time!!


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