Fort Myers to Host Tattoo and Music Festival, March 2 – 4, 2012

To tattoo or not to tattoo? That’s the question I’ve pondered for a long time. As in 10 years. I know they stay with you forever and I’ve seen some really stupid tats on people, especially when I was in college. I’ve also seen some really amazing tattoos on folks.

If I did ever ink up, it’d be something to embrace the Irish in me, something similar to this Celtic symbol called a spiral triskele:

Spiral Triskele: Source: IMAGE file
Wouldn't this Spiral Triskele Look Awesome as a Tattoo?

Why? Because of all the European heritages that make up me (German, Czech, probably Austrian, and Irish), I connect with Irish the most and I have Grandma B. to thank for that.

Ink Life Tattoo and Music Festival: March 2 – 4 in Fort Myers

Curious about Tattoos? Enjoy music? If so, then the opens in a new windowInk Life Tattoo and Music Festival will be rolling into the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers, Fla., March 2 – 4, 2012. The three-day event will feature by more than 150 world-renowned and local tattoo artists who will be inking folks up. opens in a new windowStar of TLC’s LA Ink Amy Nicoletto is one of those artists.

In addition to permanent inking browse through clothing and merchandise vendors, rock out to the Band Showcase, be awed yet disturbed during the human suspension show, be daring and compete in the pole dancing competition (Darn! I won’t be ready for that) and view sideshows, live tattooing, tattoo contests and live music.

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I Asked My "Cousin" to Show Off his Tats During a Wedding Last Summer

Ink Life Tour is designed to attract today’s mainstream audience of tattoo enthusiasts which means, don’t worry if you’re not covered in ink. It’s OK, you’ll be accepted.

“We have been doing these shows all over the country for the past two years and being a Lee County resident most of my life I felt we were ready for an event like this,” says Ragen St. Peter, Ink Life Tour Founder and Lee County resident for 24 years. “I am very excited to bring this amazing event and a slew of national media coverage to my home town!”

If ya won’t be around to catch the Fort Myers Ink Life Tour, here’s a listing of additional tour locations and dates:

  • April 13 – 15 – Oklahoma City, OK at the Cox Convention Center
  • May 3 – 6 – Kansas City MO. At the Kansas City Convention Center
  • June 29 – July 1 Madison WI Monona Terrace Convention Center
  • July 13 – 15 – El Paso, TX (Texas Tattoo Showdown) El Paso Coliseum
  • August 24 – 26 Longview TX at the Maud Cobb Convention Center
  • Be sure to visit opens in a new for a current list of dates.

Admission is $20 per person, per day and $35 weekend passes are available. Tickets can be purchased in advance through opens in a new or at the gate.

Not sure if I’ll be able to make it, looks like I may be able to make the March 4 date. Do you have a tattoo? If so, does it have a significant meaning?

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Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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