Tattoos are becoming more and more socially accepted. In fact, one in five people in the world have a tattoo. And the first-ever Tattoo Convention in West Virginia is happening this weekend in Morgantown.
"Tattoos are the world's most ancient form of art," said Rocco Cunningham, the organizer of the event. "They've been around since art was art."
There are tattoo artists from all over the country at the Morgantown Convention Center for the first ever West Virginia Tattoo Expo.
"I've probably done about 40 or 50 conventions, I lost track, and from what I've seen so far it all compares to that national, worldwide level," said Tony Urbanek, from Inka Dinka Doo Tattoo Studio in Pittsburgh, Pa. "He (Cunningham) really did it right. So I'm really excited that he got it to that standard here in Morgantown. I think it will do a lot for the community."
The sound of hundreds of tattoo machines buzzing can be heard all around the event.
People can come in, get a tattoo, buy some merchandise or even just walk around and check out art.
Cunningham is the owner of Insane Stain Tattoo Studio in Clarksburg.
"We've been apart of the tattoo industry for a while and we've traveled around to other states in the country and have attended tattoo conventions," Cunningham said. "We have already had a really good time at them, we meet some of the best people that you ever get to meet at conventions and we really wanted to bring something to West Virginia and kind of give back to the state that has treated us so good."
Tattoo artists can come to the convention to get some business, buy supplies, or mingle with other artists.
"I like to get involved with all the other artists, and talk, and do seminars," Urbanek said. "So I don't want to be overworked. But shows like this, you can work as much as you want to work. If you're doing small stuff you can do 5, 7 a day."
There's more than 150 tattoo artists at the Morgantown Convention Center. If you want to get a tattooed or just check out the artists, it's the perfect place to come.
The convention runs Friday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.