As is true of all great art, a tattoo should delight you for your entire life. Just as you'll certainly tire of the "dogs playing poker" hanging ironically over your living-room couch, so too will you soon despair at the thought of SpongeBob SquarePants spending eternity on your ankle. View real works of art Friday through Sunday (November 11 through 13) at the Saint Louis Old School Tattoo Expo
. Attend seminars, participate in workshops, and rub inked elbows with some of the world's most talented tattoo artists. This annual celebration of tattoo artistry is always festive -- but this year it's even more so, as it honors the visionary Lyle Tuttle on his 80th birthday. Tuttle's amazing gifts have taken him everywhere, from the heyday of San Francisco counterculture (when he tattooed Janis Joplin and Peter Fonda, just to name a couple) to the cover of Rolling Stone
. Whether you're covered in ink or thinking about your very first tattoo, the Old School Tattoo Expo will inspire you. All tattooing, seminars, workshops and meet-ups take place at the Holiday Inn Select (811 North Ninth Street). Single-day passes are $15, or you can enjoy the whole weekend for just $35. Visit www.oldschooltattooexpo.com
for more information.
Nov. 11-13, 2011