The Tattoo Collectors Expo has the goal to deliver a fun productive environment that will keep artists and collectors alike coming back year after year. We want to provide a convention that allows the artists to enjoy their weekend in all aspects including financial gain, networking with other artists/vendors, and getting to see what our area has to offer the rest of the industry. The inspiration behind it all is to genuinely make it a pleasurable experience for anyone working or attending the event. There are many tattoo conventions around the world and we want to make this expo a memorable one for you.

Entertainment In addition to getting the tattoo you’ve always wanted, we will offer a variety of entertainment options during the weekend that we invite our attendees and tattoo artists to participate in and enjoy, from a Beauty Pageant to After Parties... Check back soon for more information and see our schedule of events.


At 100,000 sq ft., Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest facility of its kind in North America. 


The best tattoo industry photographers will be on hand to capture the event, so look your best.


While enjoying the Expo, attendees can enjoy a variety of food, snacks, and beverages.


Top industry vendors will be in attendance showcasing the latest in tattoo swag.


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10am: Artist/Vendor Load In

12pm: Open to Public

5-7pm: Entertainment

9pm: Best of Day

11pm: Close for the Day

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10am: Open to Public

11am: Pageant Tattoo Judging

1pm: Modern Pin-up Look

3pm: Casual Look

5pm: Evening Gown

7pm: Tattoo Contests

  • Black & Grey (Top 3)

  • Color (Top 3)

  • Best Black & Grey Portrait

  • Best Color Portrait

  • Best American Traditional

  • Best Neo-Traditional

  • Best Sleeve

  • Best Chest or Back

  • Best Hand/Head/Face/Neck

  • Best Lettering

  • Best Most Realistic

9pm:*  Best of Day

11pm: Close for the Day

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10am: Open to Public

12-4pm: Entertainment

6pm: Tattoo Contests

  • Best Asian

  • Best Floral

  • Best Collaboration

  • Overall Male

  • Overall Female

8pm: Best of Day & Best of Show

10pm: Close for the Day




The Tattoo Collectors Expo will be held at the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center (see map).



The Sheraton Arlington Hotel – onsite at the convention center

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The DFW area has two airports for your convenience:

DFW Airport

  • Most major airlines fly in and out of DFW airport.  Check your preferred airline for travel options

  • BONUS: The Sheridan offers a complimentary shuttle (by appointment only) from DFW Airport.  To book your shuttle ride to the event, call 817-261-8200.

Dallas Love Field

  • A smaller but great airport, Dallas Love Field is still conveniently located with 30 minutes of the convention.  Several airports fly in and out, but Love Field is best known for great rates through Southwest Airlines (Hint – check directly with Southwest – they are not on the discount travel sites!!)


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