It’s been almost two weeks since we experienced the second edition of Pune Tattoo Festival in Raga Lawns, Pune, and we purposefully waited so long to do this story. As a matter of fact, the moment the convention officially ended, I think I knew what my headline had to be. There were no two ways about it: BIGGEST INDIAN TATTOO CONVENTION EVER. But I wanted that thought to settle down, and take its own shape. Because in all our minds who attended this festival, we were still partying. Partying hard!
It was the biggest public turnout for a tattoo gathering of any sorts in India till date. The official count was around 10,200+, but even in a spacey, atmospheric venue like Raga Lawns, it felt packed. Every artist, more or less, had so many walk-ins to take care off that they ended up turning down more people than tattooing. One artist from Nepal, Rajan Mah’rjan of Razone Tattoo had to say NO to around 11 people who wanted to get tattooed by him. That is unforeseen in this part of the world.
And it was not just tattoos that the wonderful Puneris had to their treat their eyes to, over the course of three days. Some Pune’s most popular bands put up scintillating performances every evening, and enjoyed some serious head-banging response. From The Disciples of Old Monk to Adamantium to Balalaikaa, they were tight, energetic and crowd pullers.
Tattoos and music came packed with versatile food court, a skate arena, a huge flea market, and some mean Harley Davidson motorcycles to oggle at. It was a 360 degree lifestyle convention. Period.
And what made it even more special was the fact that the whole show was ideated, planned and executed solely by Kings Tattoo Supply, without involving an event management outfit in the mix. It was professional to the T, and done in some style. Ronak Patel and co. showed the true potential of tattoos as an entertaining art form to Indian audiences in full glory and power.
While entertainment was the name of the game at PTF 2017, it was still primarily an artistic affair. From John Ma & Binay Gurung’s impromptu tattooing to Mangesh Rane’s crazy colour work to Amey Acharya’s abstract originality, the tattooing floor was lit with mesmerising art works.
Pune Tattoo Festival 2017 was the biggest Indian tattoo convention ever, and hopefully that there is a trend setter. Hopefully, all the conventions host such tremendous crowds, and treat them to such an amazing time as Ronak and co. did. If yes, then Indian tattooing is going for the stars. If not, we are still going for the stars.
And hey, for the next season of Pune Tattoo Festival