Festivals + Parties

Tattoo City Underground

When: Sept. 16-17, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 2011

Tattoo City Underground, the Indy area's first major tattoo convention in over 10 years, convenes in Plainfield for a three-day celebration of a centuries-old art form. In addition to shopping for a fresh tattoo or piercing, visitors can enjoy live music, observe artist demonstrations and listen in on discussion panels. Proceeds from the event go to Rupert's Kids.

Featured artists and entertainment at Tattoo City Underground

Rupert Boneham

Boneham, of Survivor fame, started Rupert's Kids, an organization dedicated to serving kids too old for youth services and not old enough for adult social services. The organization provides mentoring and educational programming in an effort to teach trades and support job placement.

Bill Levin

Levin is running for an at-large seat on the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County. He's a long-time supporter of Rupert's Kids, which will receive the proceeds from Tattoo City Underground. Levin has contributed to the growing popularity of tattooing in Indianapolis by providing professional equipment and supplies as well as assisting with the organization of this convention.

The Fabulous Miss Wendy

Coming all the way from Winnetka, Calif., Miss Wendy arrives in town ready to rock. She's lead vocalist and guitarist in a band that successfully blends punk, metal and pop stylings. Revolver Magazine describes her as the "sexiest rock star ever." Her band takes the stage Saturday at 3 p.m.

Cornelius Brown

The Colts defensive back will be at the convention Friday evening, signing autographs, greeting fans and showing off his (in)famous red-eyed Ben Franklin tattoo. Colts fans are glad he'll be playing football this fall, not selling insurance, which had been his plan if the lockout had continued.

Dave Sloan

Sloan grew up in Indiana and has worked as an artist at several local studios for the past 15 years. Now he's a co-owner, with Rick Hanson, of Steel Rod Tattoo of Brownsburg.

Jamy Carlton

Carlton, co-owner of Great American Tattoo Company in Franklin, specializes in portraits, Japanese and traditional tattoos. She's an accomplished, standout talent in an art form largely dominated by men.

Max Egy
Established at the beginning of 1996, Body Art Ink in Terre Haute is one of the oldest studios in southern Indiana. The studio has grown in size considerably from the time it opened. Egy specializes in portrait and photograph tattoos.

Bobby Easley

Easley has been tattooing for 12 years and will be representing High Caliber in Indianapolis. He's also active in film production, with a portfolio that includes several film-inspired tattoos.

Price: $10 for one-day pass; $25 for three-day pass; kids 12 and under free.

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