FORT MYERS, Fla - Thousands of Fort Myers residents are getting inked at a three day mega-event. The 2013 Ink Life Tattoo and Music Festival returned this weekend to the Haborside Event Center and features over 200 tattoo artists, several well-known bands and artwork that lasts a lifetime.
Ragen St. Peter says ink is for everyone."We are the only tattoo event that caters to the mainstream audience. You've see at any Ink Life event, people 18 years old, sitting next to a 50 year old, bobbing their head to the same music," he said.
The artists at this year's Ink Life Tour insist these tattoos are no longer taboos.
"Back in the day it was bikers and had a negative stigma. But the quality of work has come up, not just black lines, roses and skulls," St. Peter said.
"I was skeptical, cause it's a retirement community, nothing against retirement people it's just a lot of them don't tend to get tattooed. But it ended up being great!" said former star of reality television's LA Ink, "A lot of the TV shows have actually lifted that taboo thing. I tattoo doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and you would never know they have tattoos.
And while some designs are easily hidden under clothes, for others their skin is just more canvas.
"I want more, it's addicting," said Cape Coral resident Fred MIller.
Participating tattoo artists are competing for bragging rights and trophies in over 20 categories including Best of Show.
Ink Life continues Sunday and tickets can be purchased at the door.