Photo gallery and video: Art of tattooing is celebrated at Norwich festival

Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich over the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich over the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith

Sunday, August 17, 2014
11:15 PM

The art of tattooing was celebrated at a special festival in Norwich.

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Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich over the weekend. Photo: Bill SmithBody Art festival held at Open in Norwich over the weekend. Photo: Bill Smith

The sixth annual Norwich Body Art Festival (NBAF) took place at Open on Saturday and Sunday. It saw about 80 tattoo artists demonstrate their skills, with many festival-goers leaving the event decorated in new and unique works of art.

NBAF co-founder Emma Garwood said: “It’s been phenomenal. The quality of the work goes up every year and there are lots of new amazing artists.”

The event also included a solo art exhibition featuring the work of London-based tattoo artist Xed Le Hed who specialises in geometric dotwork, and entertainment throughout the weekend included London’s Voodoo Binmen, dancer/sword swallower Leah Debrincat, burlesque performer Lou Safire, and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School featuring burlesque performer Luna Rose.

Emma said the whole festival was about spectacle.

“We started the weekend off with a guy tightrope walking across the main hall which looked amazing and it was kind of symbolic of the weekend, that kind of height of performance and spectacle.”

11 comments

  • Don't think its a class thing, but I feel that they always look ugly and the older the tattoo, the uglier it gets until it just resembles an inky smudge mark.

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • It used to be class thing more when i was young, my mum would have considered me on the slippery slope if id had had a tattoo! nice girls didnt, but then they didnt go in pubs on their own, didnt eat in the street or swear either!, Now however even Samantha Cameron has one, but personally still hate em, and seeing lovely young girls in the summer with their arms,legs etc covered in them to me isnt a pretty sight but each to their own. Only thing of course they are permanent so having them done should be considered carefully.

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    june muskett

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I think I will pass on your invitation Miss Banana. Maybe have a look when your a pensioner,or maybe you are already is that rude enough ?

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    PaulH

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • The big hangup with tattoos is they are permanent,and if you get fed up with one its a painful job to get it removed! Equating class to having a tattoo is a dangerous precept because it's up to the individual! In the old days it was rough,tough seafarers who sported tattoos,but it's now a fashion statement,still not really my cup of tea though!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Sigh PAULH. I wish you could see how hot my tattoos look! By the way, i'm full time employed, excellent job, education, home. I'm doing pretty darn well for someone with tattoos, Do you really think a tattoo is the difference between upper or lower class, employable or not, or if someone is a decent person or not. You're the one whos brain dead and not only that a rude fool who probably needs to wake up to current times.

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    Banana Babe

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • What is wrong with being Lower Class or Working Class as it used to be called?

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    PDH

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Mother and I both attended and were amazed by the high standards of skill required to produce a tattoo and also the the pain barrier which the recipients endured. Although neither my mother or I have tattoos, I feel blessed to have been able to attend this event. At 59 years old, I probably wont be getting a tattoo, but I admire those who have the courage to do so. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Inked up Tramp stamps on the fringe of society,totally unemployable except among their own self centred crowd.Not lower class just brain dead,

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    PaulH

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • I think Norfolk Johns been watching too much Jeremy Kyle.

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    Banana Babe

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Norfolk John how dare you say that I'm lower class!!!!!!!! I've worked all my working life, I have tattoos, I am not lower class and nor is anyone else in any professional job lower class, especially those in the medical profession who you may seek medical help from to help save your life, nor are police lower class.

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    Sayitlikeitis

    Monday, August 18, 2014

  • An art form for the lower classes!

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, August 18, 2014

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