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Everything about DC Tattoo Expo 2019 in January

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Thinking of heading out to this year's 9th annual DC Tattoo Expo, hosted by Exposed Temptations Tattoo & Baller Inc.? If so, we have all the information you need to plan your visit whether you’re a vendor or attendee!

We’ll break it all down and cover the event info including the location, tickets & pricing, schedule, famous artists in attendance and more. Over the three days, the show will welcome around 400 tattooists from across the globe. Some of the special guests you can expect at the DC Tattoo Expo include many of the stars from the popular television show, Ink Master. Besides the high-quality selection of talented artists that are ready to ink you with your next design, there’s plenty more the show offers. You can also look forward to a wide array of displays, live entertainment, and contests.

Take a look through the information below in order to plan your visit to this year's DC Tattoo Expo Convention. 

DC Tattoo Expo Event Details


January 11 - 13th, 2019


Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Arlington, VA 22202

Tickets & Pricing

Standard Tickets - Available at the door Friday, Saturday and Sunday

1 Day Ticket - $30

3 Day Pass - $60

Sat & Sun - $40

Note: Children under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult

Discounts: 10% Off a 3 Day Pass with your military ID

V.I.P Packages - Available online

Gold Pass

1 Event t-shirt

3-day All Access Event Pass incl.

Entry to Sunday night’s VIP Party Meet & Greet


Platinum Pass

2 Event t-shirts

Two, 3-day All Access Event Passes incl.

Entry to Sunday night’s VIP Party Meet & Greet

Professional Photo Shoot


DC Tattoo Expo 2019 Schedule

Contest registration is 30 min prior to each contest time at the Ticketing and registration desk.

DC Pin-Up contest has a $30 entry fee 

Thursday, January 10th

Not open to public

6 pm to 8 pm - Vendor Registration*

*Make sure you sign up as a vendor beforehand through the official event site  here.

8 pm to 2 am - Welcome party

Friday, January 11th

8 am to 1 pm - Vendor/Artist Registration, Set up

1 pm - Doors Open

5pm to 6pm - Captain & Maybelle - Main Stage

10:30 pm - Tattoo of the Day - Main Stage

11 pm - Floor Closes 

Saturday, January 12th

12 pm - Doors Open

2 pm to 3:30 pm - Captain & Maybella - Main Stage

4 pm to 6 pm - Tattoo Contests

Sleeve, Male

Sleeve, Female

Overall, Male

Overall, Female

Black & Gray Portrait

Black & Gray Large

Black & Gray Small

7:30 pm to 8:30 pm - Featured Entertainment (Little Ozzy) - Main Stage

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm - MissDC PinUp Contest - Main Stage

10 pm - Tattoo of the Day Contest - Main Stage

11 pm - Floor Closes

11 pm to 2 am - Afterparty 

Sunday, January 13th

12pm - Doors Open

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm - Captain & Maybelle - Main Stage Area

4 pm to 6 pm - Sunday Contests

Color Large

Color Small

Back Piece, Male & Female

Color Portrait

Traditional (American or Asian)


Artist Only Art Categories:

Shop Style Flash (Black & Gray or Color)

Fine Art

Skate Deck


6 pm to 7 pm - Tattoo of the Day - Main Stage, Best of Show Judging & Awards - Main Stage

7 pm - Show Closes

7 pm to 8 pm - Tear Down

All vendors out of the hall by 8 pm

10 pm to 2 am - AfterParty

Special Guests

The Nations Premier Tattoo Piercing, and Body Art Show welcomes a number of famous artists from the tattoo industry this year. Take a look to see some of the crowd favorites who will be in attendance. You can contact them directly to book a session during the event. The special guests are: Christian Buckingham, Roly T-Rex, Ulyss Blair, Duffy Fortner, and Jessy Knuckles.

For further details on the artists in attendance, check out the  official site of the event or visit the Facebook or Instagram event page for regular updates.

The DC Tattoo Convention is an event you won’t want to miss.

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