The first annual Tattoo Fest in Asheville, NC, March 16-18, 2012, will be held at the downtown Renaissance Hotel.  I confess, I know very little about tattoos and don’t even have a tattoo, but this sounds like lots and lots of fun and bound to be totally amazing.

The Tattoo Fest officially opens on Thursday March 15 at 8:00 pm in the extraordinary “Top of the Plaza” at the top of the Renaissance Hotel, just after early set-up for the Artists and Vendors.  The Festival will continue daily thereafter at the Renaissance from 11 am to midnight, Friday March 16, Saturday March 17, and Sunday March18th.

The hotel itself has wonderful conference facilities and is within walking distance to bars, nightclubs, restaurants, shopping and art galleries.

Tattooing will be in two rooms of the hotel – the Grand Ballroom and the Windsor Ballroom; there will be live tattooing by top artists from around the world, live music, seminars, competitions, prizes, not to mention, Custom Car and Bike Show (in the Renaissance Parking  Lot), The Cut Throat Freak Show, Scavenger Hunt, After Parties, Art Walk, live celebrity appearances, children’s activities, and much more!  Several of the seminars are free and open to the public, so be sure and check the schedule.

Tattoo contest’s begin at 4:00 pm daily during the conference.  Register to enter a tattoo contest of your choice and liking! $10 per category – tattoo contests are open to anyone.  Categories include, Best in Show, Best overall Male/Female, Best Irish (in honor of St. Patricks Day!), Large/Small Color, Best back piece, Best Traditional, Large/Small Black and Gray, Best Color Portrait and many, many more!

The VIP Weekend Pass for March 16 through 18 is $40 each pass; one day passes are available for $20.  For  more information about tickets, list of artists and schedule of events, visit the official First Annual Asheville Tattoo Fest Website.

If you’re looking for alternate accommodations, check with our local Asheville Bed and Breakfast, Asheville Cabin or Vacation Rental in the Asheville area, Reservation offices, 828 994-2627,  Hope to see you here in Asheville for this bound-to-be-amazing weekend!