THE biggest tattoo event in the Nordic countries, Helsinki Ink is taking place at the Cable Factory from 21-23 March. Organised by the Finnish Tattoo Artist Association for the first time in 1995 at the Old Student House, the exhibition has progressively grown to incorporate a wide variety of styles by different artists. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year, the event boasts a line-up that includes some 100 tattooing types from 22 countries, including the likes of United States, Canada and Japan.

The tattoo celebration this year will comprise of a diversity of activities, including a burlesque show from Shimmering Sheilas on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile, a number of competitions will be staged across the three days, such as “Best color tattoo”, “Best Japanese tattoo”, “Best backpiece tattoo”, “Best black & gray tattoo and “Best neoclassic tattoo”. Furthermore, a “Best of the day” tattoo will be selected at the end of each of the three days.

In keeping with tradition, a sizeable donation to charity will once again be made this year, via a selection of skateboard decks. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital 2017 project.

Helsinki Ink
21-23 March
Tickets €15-24
Cable Factory, Merikaapelihalli
Tallberginkatu 1, Helsinki

And for those seeking to celebrate once Helsinki Ink closes its doors on Saturday night, an event at Virgin Oil Co is being held, with rockers Knucklebone Oscar and Barbe-Q-Barbies hitting the stage.

Entry to the gig is 10 euro.

James O’Sullivan
Image: Susanna Honkasalo