Arts & Entertainment

Skin art on display

A sea of tattoo art from the extreme to the sublime will jazz up the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on Sept. 23-25.

The Three Rivers Tattoo Convention will include seminars for tattoo artists, a tattoo design contest, food booths, live music by Home Wrecker and a comedy show featuring Matt Baker throughout the three-day event.

Bryan Childs, owner of Spiker Monkey Tattoos in Olympia, will be one of the guest tattoo artists. He will teach a seminar on the art of advanced black and grey tattooing starting at 1 p.m. Sept. 25 at the convention. Cost is $150.

"Traditional tattoo sensibilities can be applied to any style of art to achieve good, solid tattoos," Childs said via email. "My seminar is for the professional tattooer and covers my artistic approach as well as the technical aspects of creating smooth, dynamic tattoos in black and grey shadows."

He added that some of his artistic influences, as well as interests, include mythology, cryptozoology, science, anatomy, physiology and portraiture. But his most recognized work is his international award-winning black and grey skin art.

Jerrett Spaeth, with Monarch Tattoos in the Tri-Cities, will also give a lecture on tattooing, as well as give a brief history of tattoos and the reasons people get them. There also will be discussion and Q&A segments in Spaeth's lecture, which starts at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 and is free with admission to the convention.

Comedian Matt Baker performs shows at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 and 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the event.

The show opens at noon Sept. 23 with Home Wrecker providing the rock music starting at 7 p.m. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25. Admission is $10 each day or $25 for all three days. Tickets are available at the door.