Hook, Line, and Inker

Despite the fact that nearly a quarter of American adults under 50 have tattoos, there's still a stigma attached to body art. The Marines banned major ink in 2007, and many employers still require workers to hide their piercings (because, of course, that Hello Kitty band-aid on your eyebrow looks more professional than a gold stud).

But all restrictions on flesh-meddling will be suspended at the Body Art Expo, a three-day skin fest where painted equals pretty and “holier than thou” takes on a whole new meaning.

Look for on-site piercing and tattooing by such nationally known artists as Baba Austin, who inked Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, plus a slew of contests including best new tat and most outrageous orgasm. If that’s not enough to make you squeal like a pig, volunteers will hang from meat hooks and one member of the Enigma Freak Show will submit to a tongue piercing involving a nail and a wooden plank.

Fri., Feb. 17, 2-11 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 18; Sun., Feb. 19, 2012


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