No More Tiny Roses, The Belize Tattoo Expo Comes To San Pedro Bigger and Crazier

Tattoos are nothing new – humans have been permanently marking their skin for thousands of years.


The indigenous people of New Zealand – the Maori – are masters.

But it seems…that with every year, they get more and more mainstream…more and more popular. What was once edgy or illegal is now everywhere!   No longer is a small dolphin on your hip or a tiny rainbow on your lower back all that risky or cool – now it’s go big or go home.

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In my book there are still some simple rules, like never tattoo someone’s name on you unless they are your mother, child or deceased best friend.  Don’t get a cheap tattoo.   If you are going to tattoo above the shoulders?  Be very confident in your ability of self-employment.   Or take a look at your father or grandfather’s body before you…

Okay, I’ll stop and get on with the facts.

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The Tattoo Exposition in San Pedro was certainly GO BIG OR GO HOME…and I walked into San Pedro High School on Sunday afternoon to the buzz of needles applying ink to probably about 25 people.

Note:  There was a “Freak Show” that was well advertised on both Saturday and Sunday night – for great pictures of that, please see Ambergris Today.

I’d rather just meet the guys on the beach.  It was a gorgeous day.  No need to see them swinging from their back skin.

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Carlos, on the right, lives in San Pedro and on the left, a gentleman from Mexico.

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Here are some photos I took inside – there were artists from all over Belize, Mexico, the US…

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Amazing artistry…

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Kevin with his new tarpon.

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Turning into a mermaid.

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Her boyfriend said he wasn’t even planning to get a tattoo…but decided on…can you guess?

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Please make sure you will love your team forever.

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All smiles!

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I had to grab a sticker or two.

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I didn’t stay too long…but it was super cool and something new for San Pedro.  THE EXPO, not tattoos.  They are VERY popular down here – we have 3 or 4 good artists in San Pedro.

I attended the 2014 Expo in Belize City…I wonder where they will be holding the next one.  Stayed tuned.

A picture of Slaughterhouse Tattoos in Belize City.