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Fri, Jul 31 - Sun, Aug 02 2020

Rubber City Tattoo Invitational,

Akron, Ohio, United States Akron, Ohio, United States

  • About the event

    The Rubber City Tattoo Invitational is leaving its mark on Akron July 31-August 2, 2020. Over 100 artists and vendors will join us for a weekend celebrating all things tattoo. The family-friendly event will have tattooing, contests, award-winning artists and television personalities.

    Why should you sponsor?

    Anyone with a passion for the tattooing industry and/or a love of all things related to promoting Akron, Ohio.


    Elizabeth Clay

    The show’s founders, Tony Urbanek and Elizabeth Clay, are excited to have the Invitational in Akron. Urbanek, who owns and operates Inka Dinka Doo in Pittsburgh, has been tattooing for over 25 years. He is also a machine builder (hint: it’s a tattoo machine, not a tattoo gun!) and his shop was just named best shop in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine. Clay is an Akron native with a Master’s Degree in Psychology. Her research focus was memorial tattoos and how they help with emotional healing.

    “I’ve been traveling to shows for most of my career. Conventions give people a chance to meet some of the top artists in the industry, learn about styles they may not have seen before, and even get a new tattoo from an artist they’ve admired on Instagram,” said Urbanek. “Plus, Akron is one of my favorite cities. People who don’t visit Akron just don’t understand how cool it is. We want to help promote the city with this event.”

    “If you talk to anyone with a tattoo, it’s amazing just to get the story behind it. The psychology behind why we get tattoos is incredible--everything from where we put it on our bodies to why we choose specific images or words is such a personal experience,” Clay added. “The Rubber City Tattoo Invitational is not only a chance for tattoo enthusiasts to share their stories, but to also learn more about the craft, maybe get some new ink, and definitely make new friends and connections in one of the most open and accepting communities in the world.”

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  • 2501-5000 attendees expected


    50% Male Attendees


    50% Female Attendees

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