Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens at a tattoo convention?
A: Artists from all over the nation and other countries come together in one location to create tattoos for the weekend. This is unique as it provides people who attend the convention the opportunity to collect a great tattoo from an artist that they otherwise might not be able to due to the distance from that artist's home base. There is also viewing of live entertainment, art exhibits, and tattoo competitions as well as other attractions. For more information check out our EVENTS tab which lists our ENTERTAINMENT, TATTOO CONTESTS, SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, SEMINARS.
Q: How old do you have to be to get tattooed?
A: You MUST be the age of 16 or older. Persons the ages of 16 & 17 MUST properly fill out and have form DH4146 notarized BEFORE the tattoo procedure and have a parent/legal guardian present. NO EXCEPTIONS. Click HERE to get the form. Although the state of Florida allows minors to be tattooed, the decision to do so is left up to each individual artist. Please check with the artist or artists you are interested in beforehand to make sure they consent to tattoo anyone under the age of 18.
Q: How do I get tattooed at the convention?
A: If you see an artist that you like listed in our ARTISTS section, reach out to them with your ideas and see if they have any availability. If you prefer to meet your artist first, just stop by their booth at the convention and see if they have any time available for the weekend. Please note that people who have made appointments in advance are priority, and that typically when there is no appointment an artist's availability is on a first come first serve basis. Each artist is different on how they work, so please reach out to that artist directly to set something up. ITAF directors and representatives of ITAF are not responsible for setting up appointments with artists.
Q: There are so many artists, how do I find who is right for me?
A: The best way to determine if an artist is right for you, is to check out their work and see if it is the style that you are looking for. Go to the ARTISTS section, and click on the link to see more examples of their work. If you feel they are the right artist for you, please reach out to them directly to discuss your tattoo ideas further.
Q: What do I need to bring to get tattooed?
A: Be sure to bring something for identification, such as your drivers license, passport, military ID, or photo ID. Bring or wear clothing that is comfortable to get tattooed in. If you know who your artist is ahead of time, check with them to see what method of payment they will be able to accept. If unsure, you may bring cash or credit card, as there will be ATMs on site in the event your artist cannot accept a credit card payment.
Q: What are the hours of operation?
A: Friday: 12pm - 10pm, Saturday: 12pm - 10pm, Sunday: 11am - 6pm
Q: I have a medical condition, can I get tattooed?
A: The BEST thing to do whenever illness or allergies are concerned is to first consult with your doctor or medical professional prior to making a tattoo appointment or arriving at the convention. This way you know with plenty of time beforehand if you are physically able to have a tattoo procedure done.
Q: How much does a tattoo cost?
A: The cost will vary depending on the artist you choose, design that has been chosen, detail, size and placement of the design. You will need to reach out to your chosen artist for more information on this.
Q: Does it hurt to get tattooed?
A: Yes, however if the pain becomes intolerable consult with your chosen artist during application.
Q: Will there be piercing done at this convention?
A: No, unfortunately not at this time.
Q: I want a henna tattoo, will these be available?
A: No, unfortunately not at this time.
Q: I want to attend the convention, but do I have to get tattooed?
A: Absolutely not. To get tattooed is your choice, not a requirement. Take your time, walk around, and check out the festivities!
Q: Will there be food and drinks available?
A: Yes. There will be a variety of options of both food and drink to choose from for purchase, which will be available in designated areas. You may walk around the convention with the refreshments, but please note that no food or drink is allowed in the actual tattooing area.
Q: Can I bring my own food?
A: Unfortunately no outside food or drink are allowed.
Q: Is this event family friendly?
A: Yes, definitely bring the little ones! We will have a special Pirate Room catering to children complete with a kids sword fighting area, treasure quest, story telling, and kids temporary tattoos! Click HERE for more info.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: Due to sanitary reasons and health department regulations, we cannot allow fur babies inside the ballroom. Thank you for your understanding.
Q: Okay, this sounds like a lot of fun. What are the hours?
A: Friday 12PM-10PM, Saturday 12PM-10PM, Sunday 11AM-6PM.
Q: Where exactly is the convention located?
A: We are located inside the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. The address is: 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL, 32207. For more information on the venue click HERE or go to our LOCATION & HOTEL page.
Q: How much is admission?
A: Day Pass: $25 and the Weekend Pass is $50 at the door, CASH ONLY. Children 4 and under are free. Children ages 5 - 15 are $15 per day. At this time there are no senior or military discounts available. For discounted admission and special updates be sure to SIGN UP for our mailing list.
Q: Where do I park and how much is it?
A: Parking is available on site however there will be a charge. The rate is $10 per night for self park, and valet is $15 per night. For additional information or questions regarding parking please contact the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center directly: 904-396-5100.
Q: Where do I buy tickets?
A: Go to the TICKET section of this website and click on the BUY NOW button. You may also purchase tickets at the door the weekend of the convention.
Q: I purchased a ticket for entry, and now i can't make it. Will I be able to get a refund?
A: We are sorry to hear that your plans changed and you won't be able to attend. Once purchased, all sales are final, and cannot be refunded.
Q: How do I enter the tattoo contests?
A: Stop by the tattoo contest booth during the appropriate contest sign up hours which will be listed under SCHEDULE OF EVENTS. They will help you determine what category your tattoo falls under, and you may enter that category.
Q: Does it cost money to enter my tattoo in the contests?
A: Yes. The cost is $15 cash per entry for the daily tattoo competitions. The only categories that cost nothing to enter are Tattoo of the Day, and Best of Show. Typically conventions will collect entry fees in an effort to offset the initial cost of the trophies, however ITAF wants to give back to the community and is donating the fee for every single tattoo contest to CAMP BOGGY CREEK. To learn more about Camp Boggy Creek, click HERE.
Q: What tattoos can I enter in the contests?
A: In the daily categories, any tattoo that fits into the listed categories and is healed. If you wish to enter Tattoo of the Day, that tattoo needs to be started and completed the same day of contest entry. If you wish to enter Best of Show, that tattoo needs to have been completed the weekend of the show.
Q: When does judging take place?
A: Check the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for your category and keep an ear out for the emcees to be announcing judging times and location.
Q: What is my prize if I win a tattoo contest?
A: If you are the lucky winner of one of our many tattoo contests, you win the chance for your tattoo to be featured in a tattoo publication, and a trophy to give to your artist. It is customary to give the trophy to your artist for display in their shop so other clients and potential clients know that particular artist is an award winner.