See you next Expo!
August 18th - 20th 2017
August 17th, 2017
Kris LaChance | Blood Borne Pathogens (past event)
Time: 1 - 5:00 p.m.
Fee: $75 
Registration: 12:30 on August 17th at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

August 18th-20th, 2017
CONTESTS (past event)

August 18th, 10:00 p.m.
Main Stage
  • Judging for Best of Day
August 19th, 3:00 p.m. until judging is completed
Main Stage
  • Best Black and Gray, small: 4 x 4 inch and smaller
  • Best Black and Gray, medium: 4 x 4  to 10 x 10 inch
  • Best Black and Gray, large: 10 x 10 inch and larger
  • Best Color, small: 4 x 4 inch and smaller
  • Best Color, medium: 4 x 4  to 10 x 10 inch
  • Best Color, large: 10 x 10 inch and larger
  • Best Portrait with Photo
  • Best Overall (Female and Male same category)
  • Best Lettering
10:00 p.m.
Main Stage
  • Best of Day
August 20th, 3:00 p.m. until judging is completed
Main Stage
  • Best Cover Up with Photo
  • Best Traditional
  • Best Arm Sleeve
  • Best Leg Sleeve
  • Best Chest
  • Best Back Piece
  • Best of Day
  • Best of Show

August 18th, 2017
The Fusion Art Project (past event)

“Fusion Art brings several artists together into one energetic artwork.”

On Friday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m., the Summer Motor City Tattoo Expo invites top tattoo artists to meld their talents into a fusion of new art. Three easels will be set up on the main stage for the artists take their turn to create an unplanned, unpredictable creation of fusion art.

The resulting 3 masterpieces will be on display all weekend. A silent auction will be open until 5:00 p.m. Sunday to determine the winners for each of the 3 artworks. ALL proceeds will be donated directly to a returning U.S. Veteran.

August 19th, 2017
Thinking Outside Tattooing | Bryan Sanchez (past event)

Time: 1:00 pm

Many Tattoo Artists in the industry have learned their techniques by replicating from their mentors or from other tattoos they saw.  This path has led many artists to repeat certain “formulas” without knowing the real reason they make these choices or why these formulas work.  Some artists just line and color simply because they were taught that’s what works.
Through academic fundamentals, using reference outside of tattooing, and the experimentation process, this seminar will open the artistic spectrum to artists of all mediums. Whether you are a painter, tattoo artist, or just interested in learning more about the art process, this will help you stray from mimicking other artists and find your path to building an artistic style.

August 19th, 2017
Burlesque Show (18 and older ONLY) (past event)
At 7pm on Saturday, enjoy burlesque entertainment from all over the midwest as Lilly Rascal (Chicago), Kitten Von Mitten (Detroit), Kitty Hawkk (Ohio) and Miss Holly Hock (Detroit) show you what the art of the tease is all about! From vintage classic fan dances to rock n' roll striptease, these ladies will put on a burlesque show you won't forget at the Motor City Tattoo Expo! Send the kiddies away, this one is for 18+ eyes only.

August 19th, 2017
Official After Party Sponsored By Eternal Tattoos and Ink Addict (past event)

Come join us at the Summer Motor City Tattoo Expo Official After Party at The Shelter starting at 10 pm! DJ Milkshake Mark will be spinning all night.  You can find more information HERE


August 20th, 2017
Fundamentals of Character Design | Frank La Natra (past event)
Time: Noon to approximately 4 p.m.
Fee: $200

Registration: send email to:  (space is limited)
We spend so much time focusing on the technical aspects of tattooing that we tend to neglect the fundamentals of drawing. This is the foundation that all great art is built upon and will translate into your tattooing. We tend to forget about our basic shapes and perspective which can sometimes leave our drawings looking odd or a bit off. This course will take you back to those roots and help you to understand how to draw from the ground up. All great characters start from an understanding of complex shapes at their most rudimentary form.
Seminar will focus on:
  • Using basic shapes in 3 dimensional space
  • Sketching and gesture drawing
  • Characterizing animals from reference
  • Head studies including facial features, expressions and defining characteristics
  • Lines of action and motion
  • Strong Silhouettes
  • Giving life to your creations
"We will be drawing in this course" so please bring:
  • Digital or Traditional drawing materials
  • Animal references
  • Your imagination
Attendees will receive:
  • My Brand New "Atmospheric Landscapes" ink set FREE to the 1st 5 people to register.
  • Soft cover companion book based on the seminar.

August 20th, 2017
Black and Gray: Luck of the Draw | Bob Tyrrell & Marshall Bennett (past event)
Time: 2 - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $200 
Registration: 1:30 p.m. on August 20 at the expo ticket booth. There will be space available for everyone who wishes to attend.

Detroit duo, Bob Tyrell and Marshall Bennett will share their decades of knowledge in mastering the art of Black and Gray tattooing. Watch first-hand as each artist tattoos and shares advice, insight and a story or two about their art.