Street Fashion And Tattoos At The Icelandic Tattoo Convention

Street Fashion And Tattoos At The Icelandic Tattoo Convention
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The Icelandic Tattoo Convention took Gamla Bío by storm this weekend, bringing a bunch of world-class international and Icelandic tattooists and fans together under one roof. Hosted by Reykjavík Ink and soundtracked by the buzz buzz buzz of tattoo machines (yes, they tattoo live there!), the convention was three days of alternative celebration. RFD arrived bright and early, ready to check out the fashion, art and tattoos.

Most attendees were there for one reason—to get inked—and therefore their fashion choices reflected this. Customers opted first and foremost for comfort and convenience, but of course, these colourful (literally!) individuals still didn’t sacrifice their own personal style. Snapbacks, bright sneakers, and trendy sunglasses were the name of the day, but even those in just a white t-shirt still looked smashing, as the majority of the people there were absolutely covered in tattoos. We at RFD gawked at everything from sailor-style roses and sparrows to intricate geometric dotwork. We saw tattoos dedicated to children, lovers, and even one proclaiming its bearers love of hot dogs. Incredible, right? Even the most commitment-adverse Charley would contemplate a backpiece there, trust us.

But the number one must-have accessory seen at the Icelandic Tattoo Convention? An arm, leg, or torso covered in plastic wrap with a fresh new sparkle-y tattoo underneath.

Here’s some style snaps:

 

Icelandic Tattoo Convention - Hannah Jane Cohen

This customer mixed his tropical shirt with a camo hat and squeaky-clean nikes. We love it!

Icelandic Tattoo Convention - Hannah Jane Cohen

Bjarki (who used to work at Reykjavík Ink) took a smoke break in dark jeans and 90s raver sneakers. Still waiting to hear back on where he found those.

Icelandic Tattoo Convention - Hannah Jane Cohen

Friedemann was from Germany, and looked like a Berlin Don Draper in his shiny shoes and wayfarers. We at RFD collectively swooned.

Icelandic Tattoo Convention - Hannah Jane Cohen

With a bouffant and deliberately-tousled overalls, this guy had my favourite look of the convention. It was relaxed, effortless, but still oh-so-trendy.

Inspired? Just wait. Here’s a gallery of tattoos done at the convention:

Photos provided by Reykjavík Ink and taken by Gunnar Ingi Jones.

Desperate to get inked now? We at RDF feel your pain. See you at the shop!

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