Saturday, January 3, 2009
1st annual Space Coast Tattoo Arts Festival
Tom Depriest - Cocoa Beach
Just 15 months ago, he was on his death bed, and today with the help of his friends he has managed to pull off one of the most successful conventions I've ever been to.
The booths were sold out in 3 days. Tom's idea was to have a Tattoo Show with a twist. He also wanted to help his friend Ray Thunderhawk, who runs a sanctuary for endangered and mistreated animals.
The Event was full of extras, not normally seen at a Tattoo Convention. Ray Thunderhawk brought some of his Big Cats to the Show each day and would explain what his mission was.
They had hula dancers and live bands, a bon fire on the beach and even Surfboard painting going on. The weekend was packed full of activities for everyone.
They managed to raise some money to help feed the animals and Tom say's he's going to do even more in the future. wait to you hear his plans for next year. You dont want to miss it!
The 1st annual Space Coast Tattoo Arts Festival is featured in Volume 17. Check it out.
Here are a few pictures from the event:
Bob Tyrrell did a guest spot at Artistic Bodyworks before the convention
Ed Madigan's new tattoo by Bob
Bob' s Leg - tribute to Dimebag
Tony Olivas also did a guest spot at Artistic Body Works before the convention
Ed and Greg with Bud Pearson
Abe and Jespa of Tinta Cantina hanging out by the pool
Frankie and Billy Jack seemed to get along...
Hula Dancers were a big hit with the guys
Tom, Billy, Tony & Ed with Wicasa Wakan and Ray Thunderhawk
Baby Charger - 8 days old
Frankie with Tanka
Billy Jack with Dr Dave
Chris Longo, Tom Painter and Mike Skiver
The Party Crew
Frankie with Jason Willis
Ed enjoying himself at the show
Deano Cook with Bob Tyrrell
Frankie with Lori Brown
Frankie and Shannon Lesko working the booth
Host Shop Crew - Artistic Body Works
Join us in supporting this non-profit organization, all donations go to the feeding of the Cats and to maintaining their sanctuary. Want to see more? Thunderhawk is featured in Volume 18. Order it now.
Thunderhawk Big Cat Resue
PO Box 184
Sharpes, FL 32959-0184