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Three Rivers Tattoo Convention set Sept. 25-27 in Kennewick

The Three Rivers Tattoo Convention runs Sept. 25-27 in Kennewick.
The Three Rivers Tattoo Convention runs Sept. 25-27 in Kennewick. Tri-City Herald

Jojo Miller is based in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

But the custom tattoo artist spends several months out of the year traveling to tattoo conventions, filling guest spots in shops and hitting the road with musicians from Lee Brice to Papa Roach.

He’s tattooed in almost every state, with only Idaho missing from his list.

He’ll be in the Tri-Cities this weekend to participate in the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention.

He’s one of the 100-plus featured artists at the event.

“I’m really excited and grateful I’m going to be able to visit and do some work out there,” he told the Herald.

The convention is Sept. 25-27 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

Hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

Admission is $15 per day or $35 for all three days.

The convention center coordinates the event, which is in its sixth year and includes tattoo contests, live entertainment, food and drinks and the chance to get tattooed by one of the artists.

Even attendees who aren’t interested in getting inked themselves will find plenty to see and do.

“It’s a great place to come people watch and appreciate the art,” said Heather Breymeyer, convention center sales manager.

Local shops including Monarch Tattoo, Van’s High Caliber Tattoo and Parkway Tattoo will be represented.

Matt Brown, who owns Parkway, said participating in the event helps raise his shop’s profile.

“We’re kind of tucked away in Richland,” he said.

It also provides a chance to network with other artists and share ideas. The convention offers “a huge diversity of different styles,” Brown said.

Each day boasts several contests, from best color portrait to black and gray sleeve. Those tattoos must be fully healed, but “Tattoo of the Day” contests also are planned for the fresher work.

The Sultana Dancers troupe will provide entertainment.

On Sept. 26, Seattle magician G. G. Green will be on hand. A “pub room” will open that night with pool tables and live music.

Organizers are expecting 2,500 to 3,000 people throughout the weekend.

Miller said he looks forward to working with artist friends and doing what he loves. He’s found in tattooing a meaningful way to make a living.

“It makes life so much more fulfilling knowing I’m creating permanent works of art for people they’ll cherish their whole lives,” he said. “It’s a one-of-a-kind job.”

For the convention’s full schedule, including a list of featured artists and ways to get in touch with them, go to www.threerivers conventioncenter.com/tattoo.

Tickets are available at www. ticketmaster.com, the Toyota Center box office or at the door.

People looking to get tattooed may contact artists ahead of time or at the event.

The convention center is at 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @SaraTCHerald

IF YOU GO

What: Three Rivers Tattoo Convention.

When: Sept. 25-27. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27.

Where: Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.

Cost: $15 per day or $35 for three days.

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