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15th Annual Tattoo Festival coming this weekend
15th Annual Tattoo Festival coming this weekend

Atlanta, GA --  Sacred Heart Tattoo presents the 15th annual Atlanta Tattoo Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Perimeter Northwest on Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2011. The annual three-day festival features world-class tattoo artists and offers live tattooing, seminars, book signings, vendors, contests, food, drinks and much more.  In conjunction with the 15th anniversary celebration, the festival has added daily live music performances. The festival is open to all ages and one, two and three-day passes starting at $20 are on sale now and available at www.atlantatattooartsfestival.com.

Attracting thousands of attendees each year, the Atlanta Tattoo Festival was founded by Tony Olivias, one of Georgia’s premier tattoo artists and owner of Sacred Heart Tattoo in Little 5 Points, Norcross, Centerville, Austell and Warner Robins.  Bringing together many of the world’s best tattoo artists, the three-day event has become an Atlanta tradition; exposing people of all ages and backgrounds to the ever-growing art form and the exciting culture that surrounds it. From avid collectors to first timers and the curious at heart, the Atlanta Tattoo Festival invites attendees to mingle with and get tattooed by some of the best tattoo artists in the world, shop for unique gifts, participate in contests, and enjoy a variety of food and drinks. Aspiring and seasoned tattoo artists also have the opportunity to participate in seminars during the festival.

New to this year, the Atlanta Tattoo Festival is adding daily live music. Confirmed performing artists to date include high-energy, gritty southern rocker group Six Shot Revival, alternative rockers Kadense, and hip-hop duo Killer and the Savage with special guest Cool Breeze from the Dungeon Family. More artists and a detailed schedule will be announced in coming weeks. After a successful debut at last year’s event, the Atlanta Tattoo Festival will once again host a poolside bikini contest on Saturday, June 4 at 6 p.m. It is $10 to enter and all participating contestants receive a one-day free pass and have the opportunity to win $500. Contestants can sign-up at the registration booth at the event and must be 18 years and older to enter. Registration ends at 3 p.m. the day of the contest.

This 15th annual Atlanta Tattoo Festival will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Perimeter, which is conveniently located at 1-75 and 1-285 at 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30339.

The festival is open Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. One, two and three-day passes are available at $20, $30 and $40. All ages are welcome and ages 18 and under get in free. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit the Atlanta Tattoo Festival online at www.atlantatattooartsfestival.com