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2023 South African International Tattoo Convention: What to Expect, Ticket Details

SA’s biggest tattoo convention is coming! Here’s everything you need to know.

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The South African International Tattoo Convention (SAITC) returns in 2023 for its 4th annual show – this time bringing the global trade of tattooing back to Cape Town, and also to Johannesburg for the first time. With its worldwide recognition, high standards and variety of attending artists, The South African International Tattoo Convention has become an authority in representing world-class tattooing to South Africans.

A highly respected event amongst international and local artists as one of the most highlighted events in the world tattoo convention calendar and the only one of its kind in Africa, SAITC’s aim is to create a meeting place in the form of a professional environment for the tattoo community to display their art for all to admire and learn from. The SAITC inspires South African artists to progress, evolve and grow in their craft by getting a chance to share and exchange knowledge about the best practices in the arts of tattooing with people from all walks of life, all over the world. The convention represents an enormous amount of artistic talent, within a massive variety of styles of work.

JOHANNESBURG:

  • Date: 24 – 26 March 2023
  • Venue: 1FOX, Newtown, Johannesburg
  • Price: R235 – R620
  • Tickets: Webtickets

CAPE TOWN:

  • Date: 31 March – 2 April 2023
  • Venue: The Lookout, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Price: R235 – R620
  • Tickets: Webtickets

What to Expect?

In 2023, the SAITC will showcase over 140 world-class tattoo artists – all chosen as the best in their field and style of work – with a collection of tattooers representing over 22 countries across the world. SAITC promises to create a highly professional environment whilst partnering with only the best in medical waste management, sterilisation, tattoo supplies and to present a highly professional standard of tattoo practices. 

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World-renowned tattoo artists at the convention include the likes of Austin Maples (San Francisco, USA), Waldo Del Rocca (Cape Town, South Africa), Daniele Scafati (Rome, Italy), Squid Yu (Taiwan), Bob Geerts (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and many more! Visit the Artist Page for the full line-up.

Whether you are a tattoo enthusiast or curious by-stander, SAITC offers a rounded experience that not only compliments the tattoo culture, but celebrates the wonderful gathering of old and new friends from all parts of the world in the form of artists and community.

Everyone is welcome

The 3-day convention has upscaled its offering in 2023. Not only can the public come and experience the best in the world in terms of tattooing, but over the course of the 3 days there will be live bands keeping the crowds entertained such as Fuzigish (JHB) and many more (line-ups soon to be announced), coffee roasters and a fully kitted beer garden and bar – to name only a few of the highlights.

Everyone is welcome, including children of all ages.

How to get Tattooed at SAITC

Conventions have a ‘walk up’ culture – you just walk up to an artist on the spot. Most of the tattooers will have space to tattoo you. However, if you have your heart-dead set and want to be sure your favourite artist will have time, you can pre-book by contacting them directly via our website Artist Page.

If you don’t get a response (as the tattooers are often travelling), you can always buy a weekend pass, show up early when the doors open and chat to the artist, as they usually will make time for you at some point over the course of the weekend. Plus, with more than 100 tattooers to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice and may just fall in love with something you did not expect.

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MORE ABOUT THE VENUES:

THE LOOKOUT, V&A WATERFRONT, CAPE TOWN:

The Lookout represents the direction in which SAITC has grown. This bright and welcoming venue appeals to a broad audience of tattoo enthusiasts with areas for activations, exhibitions, food, live music and fashion vendors. Light pours into this beautiful space where tattoo artists’ work can be viewed and admired by show-goers. 

The venue also allows for improved flow between indoor and outdoor spaces where bars and seating areas integrate seamlessly into the event. 

The deck bar area welcomes guests to linger a little longer and enjoy the view of the ocean accompanied by music and some of the best craft spirits and beers South Africa has to offer.

1FOX, NEWTOWN, JOHANNESBURG:

Situated in Johannesburg’s inner-city, Newtown forms the heart of the city’s regeneration and reinvention of itself. With our new, exciting venture into Johannesburg, 1Fox is set in a historic warehouse that dates back to the city’s gold mining roots and is rumoured to be the original site of one of the first gold rush bars. The unique warehouse with its luxurious space offers easy access, indoor eating and several different bars & food stalls, plus space for live music.

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