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First Okanagan tattoo show

And now, for something completely different.....

The First Okanagan Tattoo Show will take place July 26-28 at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna and will feature more than 60 tattoo artists from across Canada and even as far away as Germany.

The esoteric event, which gets underway Friday at 4 pm, will feature a silent auction and all proceeds from this event will be donated to KidSport, an organization across Canada which provides support to children in order to remove financial barriers that prevent them from playing organized sport. 

There will be a silent auction throughout the weekend where all proceeds will be going to KidSport.  They will also be hosting childrens activities in the back field on Saturday and Sunday at the show. 

The Okanagan Tattoo, Art, and Culture Show is the first of its kind in the BC Interior region that unites a community of tattoo shops, artists, and clients. The show is the brainchild of Danielle Crowe, also known as Grandma Badger who is expecting a baby any day now.

"When she (Crowe) was apprenticing she organized the Vancouver (tattoo) conventions," explained Diana Paraschiv, another of the event organizers.

Parashiv also made mention of Kidsport, which will be the first benefactor of the event's silent auction.

"Every year we'll choose a different charity," she said. It (Kidsport) is a good charity within our community."

This inaugural year adds exciting and contemporary twist to Kelowna's already rich and vibrant arts & culture industry.  A convention-style weekend will be created with 23 tattoo shop booths with artists in action, 23 retail vending booths and 23 Hot Rods creating an exciting atmosphere.

Among the other items on the weekend agenda will be a swimsuit pageant as well as a pinup contest and a show and shine car show.

Guests will be dazzled watching tattoo artists at work. They will be able to immerse themselves into the local tattoo culture as well as enjoy art and alternative entertainment. Best tattoo awards will be given daily. Artisans and unique vendors will set up shop in the back garden. After parties will take place at local nightclubs each night.

For further details click on the website  here



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