If you go
› What: Literary Ink Tattoo Convention
› Where: Chattanooga Convention Center, 1150 Carter St.
› When: Noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 1-2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3
› Admission: $30 per day, $75 three-day pass
› For more information: www.literaryink.co
More than 160 tattoo artists from across the United States are traveling to the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend for the second Literary Ink Tattoo Convention, which is set for Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3.
Billed as a convention that is the "intersection of literary fantasy and artistic magic," this convention showcases the link between tattoo art and the sci-fi, fantasy, other-worldly fiction that inspires those images.
"The Convention of Secrets" is the theme of this year's event, hosted by Main Line Ink, which will include cosplay contests, magicians and other fantasy- themed events.
At least 166 tattoo artists will be set up in the convention hall along with 30 vendors. There will be daily tattoo contests, panels discussing relationships in the Harry Potter Universe and "Dames of Thrones Feminism in Game of Thrones" as well as magician Tim Friday.
Conventiongoers will be entertained by Scarlet Love Conspiracy, Amber Fults and City Church Worship Band.
The convention's featured guest is illustrator Col. Tony Moore. He has lent his skills to books such as "Masters of the Universe," "Brit" and "The Walking Dead" as well as his creator-owned books "Fear Agent" and "The Exterminators." In recent years, he has worked on "Ghost Rider," "Venom" and "Deadpool."