Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sabah International Tattoo Convention - Global tattoo artists due October

Kota Kinabalu: A Penampang boy who had set out to see the world and established himself as a professional tattoo artist is sharing the love with his home State in a big way.

Carlos Benny, 32, who has been inking bodies for over 18 years, is rallying tattoo artists from all around the world to join the first Sabah International Tattoo Convention set to take place in Hyatt Hotel this October.

"Around 50 tattoo artists from all over the world including Japan, France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Portugal will be taking part in the event," said Benny, who is based in Kuala Lumpur now.

"I left Sabah when I was 21 to further my studies, before deciding to travel all over the world for experience and exposure," he added.

Benny said Sabah was chosen as the venue because he wanted to expose Sabahans to something that could bring awareness and unity through art.

"It's a different approach," he said, adding that it would be a boost to tourism as well.

He cited renowned Parisian tattoo artist Filip Leu as among the figures that had inspired him throughout his art journey.