Norwich’s seventh annual body art festival returns this weekend

Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich last year. Photo: Bill Smith

Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich last year. Photo: Bill Smith

More than 70 tattoo artists will be in Norwich this weekend for the annual body art festival.

Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich last year. Photo: Bill Smith

Body Art festival held at Open in Norwich last year. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant

Now in its seventh year, the event attracts tattooists from across the world to come and show off their work at Open in the city centre.

Attending this year's show is traditional Maori tattoo artist Te Rangitu Netana Ta Moko, who has recently moved to the UK from New Zealand.

For the past 24 years he has been practicing Ta Moko, which uses chisels to carve the skin rather than a needle.

Another highlight for festival is a solo art exhibition showcasing the work of London-based tattooist Xed LeHead.

Meanwhile, people who do not wish to get a tattoo can enjoy various other activities during the two-day event.

There will be a wide range of stalls selling clothing and jewellery, as well as bizarre challenges including the Mr Beardy beard competition and a chilli eating contest.

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In the Club Room, the weird and wonderful contortionist Lily Jarvis will be performing alongside top hat juggle Miss Jennifer Juggle Hat.

And for people wanting a more spiritual experience, Susie Q and Mistress Wyrd will give tarot card readings in the afternoon.

Live music will also be available throughout the day from local band the Tibetan Night Terrors.

People wishing to get a tattoo during the two-day event, which is on from midday to 8pm both Saturday and Sunday, should book a place with their artist of choice in advance.

Norwich Body Art Festival was founded by Emma Garwood, Kevin Maddams, from Outline Magazine, and Gema King, from Indigo Tattoo Studio.

The convention is estimated to bring in more than £60,000 to the local economy.

For more information, visit norwichbodyartfestival.co.uk. Tickets cost £10 per adult for a day pass, or £17.50 for the weekend.

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