Goa Tattoo Festival 2018: Stunning photographs capture the essence of Goa’s tattoo party

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With tattoo conventions on the rise in the Indian calendar, it is becoming more and more imperative for the folks of the tattooed tribe to choose their favourites, and make plans accordingly, because travelling to all of them is definitely a financially taxing affair. And even if not, the amount of partying can take a huge toll on you. Trust me! I go to all of them. But the last Indian convention I attended will always remain a close one to the heart, because it’s in GOA!

Yes, a month back, we attended the 3rd International Goa Tattoo Festival (GTF) in Tito’s, Baga. GTF is one of the most highly attended tattoo conventions in this part of the world, and this year too, it was packed with tattooed people. From world class tattoo artists from all corners of the globe tattooing under the same roof, to Goa’s finest musicians putting up stellar performances, GTF was full of everything you desire in a tattoo convention. And what’s the best way to give you a glimpse of what you missed than some breathtaking photographs, right?!

For GTF 2018, we collaborated with three exceptionally talented photographers and videographers: Tanya Agarwal, Jules Von ChaCha and Anisha Coelho. The idea was to capture the sights, sounds expressions and moments that encapsulate the atmosphere of this unique convention. GTF is unique, simply because it is in Goa. You don’t expect artists to be working all day in Goa. Nor do you expect the general run-of-the-mill tattoo requests from people visiting. The music defines the energy of the place, and the options apart from tattoos and music are also way too many. Here is a collection of photographs from Goa Tattoo Festival 2018 that will leave you with your jaws dropped, and wanting for more. But to know where to find more, scroll on…

 

Yogesh Waghmare, of Leo Tattoos, working on a half leg sleeve. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Eric Jason Dsouza, of Iron Buzz Tattoos. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Goa’s legend, Paco enthralling the crowd. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

A contestant up on stage for the tattoo awards. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

It was drinks all day long at the bar in Tito’s Baga. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Russian artist, Mirra Puromonova. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Amazing bodysuit in progress by Yogesh Waghmare on Moses Valerius. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Check out that rad head tattoo by Kovit Rai, of Inks Inc, Nepal. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

And then he (Kovit) added the lines on the chin. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

The stunning Diamante Murru. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

The stunning Diamante Murru. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Scarificcation artist, Justin Zane. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Some of the tattoos were thought-provoking. Photograph by Anisha Coelho &Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Check out that ol’ school gem on Akitsu Tomo’s back. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

The don, John Ma. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Goa’s homeboy, Duncan Viegas, of Inkfidel Tattoo, was also in action. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Mukesh Waghela was in his elements as well, tattooing this rad Hanya mask. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Indian collector, Veronica Singh getting tattooed by Bez 666. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Visiting artist, Rusanna Curry. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith waiting to get his hands dirty. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr
Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Amazing full back tattoo by Subhojit Chakraborty. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Artists and collectors vibing on Day 1. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Indian artist, Mickey Malani, of Body Canvas, in action. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Deep Kundu, of Kraayonz Tattoo Studios, working on a sleeve. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Adem Senturk in action. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

The mesmerising illusions of Jyoti Ram. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Hands Inked in action with her handpoke style. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Shiva tattoo in progress. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Tattoo by Yogesh Waghmare. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Sleeve, by Raja Gopalan S, up on stage for the competitions. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Another crazy good tattoo on stage by Yogesh Waghmare. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Tattoo by Naina Jain, of Skin Machine Tattoos, Bhopal. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Tattoo by Yogesh Waghmare. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Eric Jason Dsouza and Dan Hancock collaboration in progress. Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

 

Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr
Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr
Niloy Das, of Lizard’s Skin Tattoos, in action. Photograph by Tanya Agarwal. © Tattoo Cultr
Photograph by Anisha Coelho and Jules Von ChaCha. © Tattoo Cultr

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