During the third weekend of April, tattooers from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Ecuador, and Spain showed their skills in the Triglav sports centre in Bežigrad, Ljubljana. "We are growing. This year the sports hall was filled to the brim. We are very pleased that this event has found its place here, and that people like to visit it," the organizer of the convention Aleš Škrapin said for MMC.
The emphasis was on education, and primarily on tattooing. The tattoo machines kept buzzing, and curious spectators could watch the chosen motives emerge. The end of each day was dedicated to selection of the best tattoos, under the close scrutiny of the expert jury. "A judge must disregard the body beneath the tattoo. One must pay attention to the motive, colours, shapes… As soon as you start considering the body – even when judging a tattoo – everything might go south," Samo Bregar, a member of the jury said to MMC.
The winners in a number of categories were chosen (the tattoo of the day, the tattoo of the convention, the best colour and the best black-and white tattoo, the best realistic, old-school, and avant-garde motives – to mention just some of the categories in which tattooers competed at this year's convention). Two somewhat different beauty pageants were held during the convention, i.e. Miss "Bodyart" (some details are shown in the video) and Miss "Pin-Up". On Friday the participants showed their tattoos, piercings, and other body modifications at Miss "Bodyart" selection. Miss Pin-up contestants tried to convince both the jury and the audience with their retro charm, and classical elegance.