This past July we had a special invitation from Tony “El Chacal” Serano, Jorge Castro and the crew of Tatuajes Mexico to cover the well-anticipated Mexico City Tattoo Convention and Art Seminars held in the Mexico World Trade Center. We landed on a Wednesday and were greeted by a caravan of vehicles that were airbrushed by local artist Argus. It was late so we took the one-hour drive from Toluca to Mexico City, to our hotel located in the middle of the city two blocks down from the Mexican Angel of Independence. The art seminars were held a few days before the Tattoo Expo. As the editor for Lowrider Arte, I facilitated a seminar about how important Mexican art is to the art world. I also discussed the importance of all types of Latin American art and how significant it is to our culture and future artists. The Tattoo Convention was held just a few minutes away from the hotel at the World Trade Center. The Homie Stone and Krazy K from Japan who also attended the convention greeted us when we arrived. The Horiyoshi family including Horikazu and Horiyoshi III’s son, Kazuyoshi, also attended the event and brought with them some of the original Horiyoshi III artwork to be displayed at the event. There were more than 200 artists from around the world that attended the event including Xno, Pedro Alvarez, Paco Arias, Indio Reyes, and the crew of Artilleria Pesada. There were many prizes that were given away throughout the day. Towards the end of the day, I was chosen to be one of the judges for the tattoo contest. During the contest, El Chacal announced the names of four of the oldest tattoo artists who preside in Mexico City: El Chino, El Animal, Guello, and El Pachuco. Cheers and claps from the crowd welcomed them as they received their Recognition Award for paving the way of the tattoo industry in Mexico. At the end of the day, the awards were given to the best artist. With so many great artists concentrated in one place, the event was a great success. So if you missed out on this event make sure you make it to the next one. We want to extend our thanks to Tony Serrano and Jorge Cartro for the invitation and for allowing us to be part of the Mexico City Tattoo Convention.
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