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Vibe festival: ‘Bring your friggin’ kids!’

The third annual United Ink Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival is coming to the Nassau Coliseum for three days in May. No, these are not your father’s tattoos. But contemporary body art doesn’t necessarily have to be hardcore, either. In fact, the official Summer Vibe website “eloquently” advises, “Bring your friggin’ kids!”

The third annual United Ink Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival is coming to the Nassau Coliseum for three days in May.
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Tattoo Festival a popular draw

Mark Twain pointed out, “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” Though he was talking about the media, Twain might never have said those words had he attended the Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival. That’s because the event is about more than just different colored ink. It’s authentic entertainment, which is something people crave. That could be why the event has become so popular.

The latest tats and more

When it comes to tattoos, vintage is nice, but the celebration of permanent body art has gone way beyond just nautical themes, mom and pin-up girls.

According to the festival’s website, newyorktattooshow.com, Summer Vibe attendees can expect to see among other things, “piercers, clothing, jewelry, accessories, original art” and “live tattooing.”

There will also be “face painting and temporary tattoos” for the children.

Move over guys

One look at the Vibe festival schedule tells you tattoos are not just for soldiers, sailors and bikers anymore. That’s not just an opinion.

The newyorker.com reports “2012 was the first year in which more women than men were tattooed in the U.S (twenty-three per cent of women, compared with nineteen per cent of men).”

Tattoos continue to be all the rage, making permanent, personal statements.

What, where, when

The United Ink Summer Vibe Tattoo Festival will be at the Nassau Coliseum on Fri., Sat. and Sun., May 2-4, 2014. Check with the Coliseum or newyorktattooshow.com for further details.