Bay Area Tattoo Convention Retrospective

Bay Area Tattoo Convention Retrospective

Bay Area Tattoo Convention

October 7, 2019

Words by Devin Wangert

TTTISM is proud to be the main sponsor of the 15th annual Bay Area Tattoo Convention in San Francisco, California. The Bay Area Tattoo Convention is an annual, invitation-only event co-organized by Taki Kitamura and Roman Enriquez, foregrounding a community-building approach within the industry and an ethics which strives to keep the tattoo world for tattooists. In addition to our attendance at the Convention, where you can find a booth offering our entire line of publications, each year TTTISM offers exclusive photographs, video content, and interviews taken over the three-day event. In anticipation of the 2019 convention, we are pleased to present a retrospective of our Bay Area features to date.

We get the origin story of the convention from Takahiro “Taki” Kitamura who, along with Roman Enriquez, co-organizes the Bay Area Tattoo Convention. In this interview, Taki tells us about the history of the convention, its emphasis on community, its tattoo-centered ideology, and what he sees for its future.

Each year TTTISM compiles a photo journal of the Convention’s proceedings. These candid images perfectly capture the inclusive atmosphere and sense of community which the event carefully cultivates among friends, colleagues, tattoo fans, and clients. Additionally, they present a rare opportunity to see action shots from some of the greatest tattooists across the globe. The 2017 convention was shot by photographer Jake Ricker. The 2018 convention was shot by the TTTISM team.

We also offer exclusive interviews with participating tattooists at the event each year, in both text and video formats. Some of the artists interviewed include font and lettering specialist, Big Meas; American traditional expert, Matt Arriola; and experimental tattooist Nomi Chi. Of note as well is a short video profile on Don Ed Hardy, a founding father of contemporary tattooing and dedicated participant at the Convention.

Watch this space for more exclusive content from the 2019 Bay Area Tattoo Convention, October 18th – 20th in San Francisco, California. More information about the Convention as well as the artists in attendance can be found on Instagram (@bayareatattooconvention) and online (

Nomi Chi at the 2017 Bay Area Tattoo Convention
Don Ed Hardy at the 2018 Bay Area Tattoo Convention
Matt Ariolla at the 2017 Bay Area Tattoo Convention
Big Meas at the 2017 Bay Area Tattoo Convention
Taki Kitamura, co-organizer of the Bay Area Tattoo Convention