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West Coast Tattoo Show 2012

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 — 1:54pm PDT
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The West Coast Tattoo Show is coming to Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam this weekend. If you have a tattoo, want a tattoo, are interested in tattoos or want to meet stars of TLC’s Miami Ink & New York Ink, you won’t want to miss out.

Where: Boulevard Casino, 2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam
When: Friday, April 27, 2012 from 5:00 to 11:00pm
Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday, April 29, 2012 11:00am to 6:00pm
Tickets: Available online or at the door. $20 for adults and $8 for kids (Sunday only).

Over 70 exhibitors will be joined by 125 tattoo artists who will be showing off their talent. Live entertainment, seminars, the 3rd annual pin-up pageant, and tattoo awards will be found at centre stage along with Chris Nunez (from Spike TV’s Ink Masters and TLC’s Miami Ink) and Billy DeCola (TLC’s New York Ink).

Official emcees for the weekend will be Samantha Mack and The Beat 94.5’s Kid Carson. This will be a 19+ event on Friday and Saturday, with children welcome on Sunday.

I have 2 pairs of ticket 4-packs to give away to my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite tattoo (that you have, that you would get, or that you simply admire) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to the @wctattooshow from @miss604

I will draw 2 winners at random from all entries, who will each receive 4 tickets to the event. You must be at least 19 years of age to enter. Contest closes Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12:00pm. Follow the West Coast Tattoo Show on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winners are Natasha & @RobotRob!

Current contests on


  1. Ryan says:

    My left forearm’s “Semper Ad Meliora” would be my favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Amy says:

    I just recently got a tattoo on my forearm with lyrics from Ani Difranco’s “32 Flavours.” They remind me to be a strong woman, and to keep on keepin’ on when things get tough.

  3. carly says:

    I saw a girls tattoo today, and it read “I’m the superhero of this story”. I really liked that.

  4. Natalie says:

    I have a Koi fish tattoo on my foot, that is a coverup of a horrible tattoo I had, and I LOVE it! No one can tell it’s a cover-up either!

    I do want to get “whisper words of wisdom” on my forearm though, to cover up some burn scars from when I worked as a baker’s helper and to also remind myself to let the stupid things I say and do go. =)

  5. Tamara says:

    [Tamara means] palm tree
    and a phoenix

    Would love to go to the show! *fingers x-ed*

  6. Noelle says:

    I love my chickadee tattoo!

  7. Gracey says:

    I would love to get my parent’s signatures somewhere on my foot or ankle

  8. Samantha says:

    I have song lyrics and my children’s names/footprints. I named my first son after Ami James of Miami Ink, it would be amazing to meet Chris !!

  9. Sarah says:

    I would love to get a tattoo on my foot with a line from my wedding song

  10. Stephanie says:

    My best friend and I grew up across the street from each other for 20 years. We used to count the steps in between our houses and check if the number went down as we got older. We both want to get the infinity sign on our foots, with the number 46 incorporated into it…and we want to get it done at the show!!

  11. Jessica Wright says:

    My mom and I have matching foot tattoos. They are Cherry Blossoms and mine says “I love you forever” and hers says “I’ll like you for always” which is a quote from the Robert Munsch book she used to read to me growing up. Has a ton of sentimental meaning!

  12. Mac says:

    My friend lost his father at a young age and as a tribute to him he had his dads signature tattoed onto his forarm. It’s especially sentimental because he doesn’t even remember his dad but had found the signature in an old birthday card!

  13. KevanKevan says:

    I’d love to check it out. I want to get a tattoo of my heartbeat around my chest.

  14. jen says:

    I adore my tiger lily and butterflies, its a lil colorful garden (intend to add to to them soooon) love colors! Need a lil inspiration and going to the west coast tattoo and culture show may be where I find some ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tracy Ho says:

    I just got a matching feather with my best friend of 15 years+ – mine on my right forearm, hers on her left shoulder blade!

    My fav tho is my little bumblebee on my inner right elbow – it’s resting on a gorgeous purple chive flower and it reminds me to enjoy the honey in my life (family,friends and all my loved ones) coz I’m super busy like a bee as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope I win tix – would love to go check out all the artists in town and inspiration for more ink!

  16. Jessica Sarai says:

    I have a tattoo of a Golden Snitch and it’s my only tattoo at the moment [and I LOVE it] but I’d love to start work on my half sleeve sometime soon ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Elena says:

    I love my tattoo of the flock of birds on my back. It makes me feel individual, which is what a tattoo should do

  18. Julia E. says:

    I have two tattoos and both are very personal/special to me…

    My 1st was a print of my husband’s lips (on my hip)

    and my second is our daughter’s footprint (on my back)

  19. Amanda Bryan says:

    I dont have any tattoos but I would love to get a dragon, as I was born in the year of Dragon ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Maryanne says:

    I just got my first tattoo this year. It’s 3 dahlia flowers on my right shoulder. My favorite flower and the flowers used at my wedding.

  21. Rod says:

    Skull with a crown!

  22. Crystal says:

    I’ve been planning a Celtic tree of life on my shoulder. It has taken me so long to find the right design, I’m now looking at merging two different versions

  23. Julie says:

    A Thistle, to remind me of my East Coast Roots! OR me playing air-guitar while riding a dragon that’s shooting stars from its behind.

  24. Rich says:

    A large chinese guardian lion (foo dog) on my right arm. The meaning is private….

  25. Carmelle says:

    I’ve considered a tattoo with the Zerg symbol from Starcraft II.

  26. jamie gervais says:

    my favourite one i have is the back of my hand done to look like a skeleton hand

  27. Sherman Woo (@SPSherm) says:

    I have been thinking about a “stylish” and colourful Canadian “maple leaf” for a looong time.

  28. Kelli says:

    I want a pin-up girl

  29. I have a regrettable Pisces symbol on my shoulder – I got it before I realized the Astrological symbols were actually no longer valid. Now I want to cover it with some symbol of my daughter. She’ll always be valid.

  30. robotrob says:

    I would like to get a new tattoo that has my wife’s name it it, probably over my heart (I know, corny isn’t it?)

  31. Amn Johal says:

    My right forearm has a tattoo of a group of voyageurs in a canoe, flying in front of the lions gate bridge with the lions peaks in the background.

    The flying canoe is for my favourite canadian folktale of “chasse galerie” (aka “the witched canoe”) and it also represents my two favourite beers

    the canoe is an exact copy of the canoe on the Maudite beer label

    and the lions gate bridge was commissioned by the guinness family!

  32. Julie says:

    There’s a collection of tattoo ideas on my pinterest board: The first one will be a whirlwind of leaves across my ribs.

  33. jaggy says:

    I just got my first tattoo on my left forearm (last name) would love to get ideas to add to it

  34. jaggy says:

    I just got my first tattoo on my left forearm (last name) would love to get ideas to add to that

  35. Harj says:

    Likely my parents names.

  36. winnie says:

    simple tattoos especially one’s of sayings.

  37. Serena says:

    I have a steller’s jay sitting in a cherry blossom branch in a watercolour style, symbolizes my move to Vancouver from Toronto ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Kelvin says:

    I looking at getting Foo Dogs on each side of my rib cage. Already have a half sleeve on my left arm of a koi.

  39. Natasha says:

    My favorite tattoo of mine is my sleeve depicting literature examples of hubris. It includes Faust, Dorian Gray, and Frankenstein and his monster.I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the negative pursuits of knowlege and commemorated it with this sleeve. People at Starbucks aren’t that interested in my liberal arts sleeve when I given then their venti mochas.

  40. Vanessa says:

    I want a rose and rip mom

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