Midleton Tattoo Festival: Midleton, Co. Cork

Tattoos are not usually associated with Ireland yet the town of Midleton in County Cork plays host to quite a popular gathering of tattoo artists and fans from across the world. Now in its 18th year, the Midleton Tattoo Show takes place every June on the grounds of Midleton Rugby Football Club.

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From the humble beginnings of RFCs clubhouse, the event has expanded each year, with the clubhouse now making way to an enormous outdoor marquee packed full with up to eighty expert tattoo artists. Many customers have their sessions booked well in advance as the festival gives them a rare opportunity to get “inked” by their favourite artists.

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A walk through the marquee is a sight to behold as the sound of artist’s needles and their semi-clad customers are spawned out across “inkbeds”, some for hours.

You may be surprised to learn that the event is very family orientated with kiddie’s rides, face painting and entertainment plentiful. Various clothing and food stalls surround the marquee and for those who may have had regrets, a tattoo removal service can also be availed of!

Be sure to check out some of the videos below including a video of the very first gathering!

Michael Dorgan

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