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Star City Tattoo And Arts Expo – 2017

Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo – 2017

When tattooer Andrew Castruita offered to cover the Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo for us, I knew we had to take him up on the offer. The venue for this Texan based event peaked our interests and I was certainly excited to see what Andrew came up with for us. I’ll let him take over from here!

The buzz of tattoo machines filled the air of El Paso’s Fort Bliss Military Base this March as the Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo commenced. Tattooers from all over the United States converged on El Paso to attend the event which boasts the title of the “FIRST and ONLY tattoo expo on a military base”.

Keeping with a long-standing tradition connecting tattooing and the armed services in the U.S., Star City is designed to cater to the soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, the second largest base in the country. Conveniently located on site, the expo offers an opportunity for soldiers stationed at Fort Bliss, as well as those passing through, to make their tattoo wish list a reality without straying too far from base.

You do not have to enlist to enjoy the benefits of the wide spectrum of tattooing being performed at the expo annually. Thanks to cooperation from the base itself, Star City Tattoo and Arts Expo is open to the public. With styles ranging from photo-realism to American traditional, there truly is something for everyone at Star City. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you don’t want to get tattooed!

Aspired Vision Studio, responsible for putting together the convention

Photos and writing by @sunkenteeth

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James Cass

James was part of the Nine Mag team from the start. With a background in Graphic Design before he started tattooing, he helped create the printed magazine and is behind the transition to the web.