Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their applicable answers for all attendees.

Q: Do people get tattoos at tattoo conventions and expos?

A: YES, live tattooing is one of the biggest parts of the Rhode Island Tattoo Expo. Such an event gives visitors an opportunity to see the work of many artists from all over the world, as well as having the chance to receive a tattoo on-site during the event.

Q: How much do tattoos cost?

A: Prices are set by individual artists and can either be by the hour or priced for an entire piece. You should discuss pricing with your tattoo artist prior to beginning any work. Keep in mind that it is also customary to tip your tattoo artist. Rhode Island Tattoo Expo, LLC has nothing to do with pricing of tattoos by individual artists.

Q: I want to get a tattoo by one of your artists- how do I arrange that?

A: Many artists are fully-booked for the entire expo prior to the event, so if you are interested in having a tattoo done by one of our exhibiting artists, it is best to research their work and make an appointment prior to the event. You must contact the shop or artist directly to make an appointment and handle any deposits. Rhode Island Tattoo Expo, LLC is not involved in arranging appointments. Please see our ARTIST and VENDOR section for a full list of our exhibiting artists and their contact information.

Q: Is there an age minimum to receive a tattoo?

A: No one under the age of 18 is permitted to have a tattoo performed at the expo- NO EXCEPTIONS. Prior to beginning any work, artists are required to obtain a copy of proof of the client’s age as well as a signed consent form.

Q: Is it safe to get a tattoo in a convention hall environment?

A: Yes, all exhibiting shops are licensed Body Art Establishments and are required to adhere to strict health & sterilization requirements. The Rhode Island Department of Health will be on site at all times monitoring artists to ensure proper health & sterilization requirements are being met. Event Information

Q: Can I bring my family to the event?

A: Yes- while we do not advertise this show as a ‘family’ event, we do not restrict attendees based on age. Each attendee must purchase a ticket and be wearing a wristband at all times. Please note that no tattoos will be given to anyone under the age of 18, regardless of parental consent.

Q: Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

A: Tickets will be available at the Rhode Island Convention Center Box office the day of the event. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you can avoid waiting in line at the Box Office and proceed immediately to the door to obtain your wristband.

Q: Do I need to purchase a separate ticket for the bands/entertainment?

A: No, the ticket price for the event includes general admission for all bands & entertainment occurring that day.

Q: Will there be food & beverages available at the event?

A: Yes, concession services (including alcohol sales) will be provided by the Rhode Island Convention Center at various locations both inside the exhibit hall and at other locations within the convention center.

Q: Can I bring a camera/take pictures?

A: Pictures are permitted ONLY IF you are taking pictures for yourself (not for profit or for a publication) with a non-professional camera AND receive permission from the artist and/or tattoo owner. Only those who have received specific permission from Rhode Island Tattoo Expo, LLC and have obtained a press pass are permitted to use professional, SLR-type cameras and/or take pictures for any publication, website or otherwise for profit. The use of video cameras & camcorders is also restricted only to designated members of the press.

Q: I am a member of the press- how do I get a press pass?

A: All press requests must be made in advance by contacting Rhode Island Tattoo Expo, LLC and will be granted to news organizations at our discretion. We do not accept press pass requests from website/blog owners or contributors. Those who are approved for a press pass will be on a list at the door, and can only be picked up by the person whose name is listed after showing proper press credentials.