Although I've only been to tattoo conventions here in CA and up in WA, the Bay Area Convention put on by State of Grace has always been my personal favorite. Taki invites elite tattooers from around the globe and they answer the call and put on some great work. I started attending back in 2007 when it was held in San Jose and have only missed it one year since! This convention has allowed me to collect some amazing tattoos from artists I wouldn't otherwise have the time or funds to visit in their home shops. Even without getting tattooed myself, there are plenty of great tattoos to witness, art to take in (or buy!), shirts, stickers, business cards, lessons to learn, and cool folks to meet. Having a camera makes it so tattooers and clients alike don't mind me stealing peeks and moments that many don't often get to see. Here are some of those peeks and my thoughts captioned as I look back...