Video:How to Get a Booth at aTattoo Conventionwith Jonathon Stewart
Want to learn how to get a booth at a tattoo convention? Here, see helpful information about tattoo conventions.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Get a Booth at aTattoo Convention
Having a booth at a tattoo convention is a great way to get noticed as a new and up-and-coming tattoo artist.
Information About How to Get a Booth at a Tattoo Convention
You are able to get your abilities marketed to what can be a very large audience of tattoo enthusiasts. You can also use the booth as a way to network with other artists for additional business. Not to mention, you also can make some money by doing tattoos. Before you decide on where you will get a booth, it is a good idea to do some research about the tattoo conventions that are available in your local area. While you can choose to participate in tattoo conventions in nearly every corner of the world, starting local will give those who come to the show an opportunity to visit your store or the location of the one where you work.
Where to Find Information About Tattoo Conventions
A wealth of information is available online, and sites like Tattoo.com, WorldTattooEvents.com, and tattoo.about.com.Once you select the show where you wish to reserve a booth, the next step is to get in touch with the convention coordinator to save your spot. And, the earlier you reserve, the better chance you have of getting a prime location, and potentially a reduced fee. Most tattoo conventions have websites where they make it very easy to get your booth. You can generally download, fill out, and fax or email back online forms to the trade show representatives.
About Tattoo Conventions
There are often different sizes of booths, such as one for a single artist or larger ones if you wish to share the booth with another artist. Credit cards are generally accepted, and some shows also let you use PayPal, Amazon, or an e-check payment system, depending on how they operate. You’ll fill in all your personal information and then typically receive a confirmation that your booth is reserved.
Be sure to note the local health department requirements, especially if you are working at a show out of your local area. You are usually required to obtain a temporary license in order to work your booth at the show, at an extra cost. However, convention passes to the entire show typically include access to parties and events for you to enjoy after your day at the show.As you prepare your booth, be sure you know the dimensions and what the show includes in your rental. For instance, some shows will tell you that pipe and drape (the curtain-like surrounding that distinguishes your booth from the one next to it), a trash can, tables, chairs, and a power outlet are included.
At tattoo shows, there is usually some type of tattoo artist hospitality booth that also provides additional resources, such as sterilizers. Other materials are extra but could be provided to you if you run out at cost, such as bandages, gloves, A&D ointment and paper towels. For your own set-up purposes, you’ll want to keep the décor simple and clean. Be sure to bring items like extension cords, a banner to market you and your store (if you have one), and marketing material like postcards with your website or contact information. Visitors to trade shows also like to receive takeaways, so think of some type of promotional item that can be branded with your logo and contact information that your audience would like to take home as a way to remember you by (in addition to the tattoo that you give them).
Be sure to know all the rules and regulations of the show prior to the start to make sure it is a successful experience. Make the most of the event by getting to know and interact with all those who come to your booth. It’s best to bring along someone who can answer questions, book in tattoo appointments, and market your services while you handle the tattoos.
I'm Jonathon Stewart, with About.com.