For three days, the First Direct Arena in Leeds was the home for the Leeds International Tattoo Expo, an event that is quickly becoming a popular name on the tattoo circuit. Now in it’s fourth year, the event had moved to a newer, much bigger home in the First Direct Arena and, coupled with some great weather, brought tattoo lovers from far and wide.

While not quite as popular with the massive artists that say the long-running London Tattoo Convention draws, L.I.T.E still saw a swarm of artists from the length of the country and further afield descend upon the Yorkshire city for three days of ink, colour, tattoos and much more. With something for everyone, the event even offered burlesque dancers, live music and fire-breathing acts.

So, if you’re a tattoo lover or even just a bit curious about the whole thing, make sure you book next year’s date in your calendar, you won’t be disappointed.


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