When: Fri., Nov. 18, 2-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 19, 12-10 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 20, 12-8 p.m. 2016
Just like not everybody who has an iPod is a DJ, not everyone with a tattoo gun is an artist. It takes natural talent, hours of practice and an inner drive to improve on every piece to rise to the top. The Old School Tattoo Expo is full of tattoo artists attending seminars, swapping tips and plying their trade. It features dozens of artists from both coasts and all points in between, including right here at home. This year's Old School Tattoo Expo takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (November 18 to 20) at the Holiday Inn Downtown (811 North Ninth Street; www.old-school.com). All three days include contests for everything from small color pieces up to full back illustrations. There's even an award for the best tattoo done at the show. Tickets to the expo are $20 for a day pass or $50 for the weekend pass.