Tattoo expo makes indelible mark on Wilmington this weekend


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Folks are getting inked up at the Wilmington Convention Center this weekend. The 4th Annual Cape Fear Tattoo & Arts Expo will draw hundreds of artists and ink lovers to the Port City.

“It’s cool to see all these other amazing artists,” tattoo artist Michael James said.

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A recent study showed 32 percent of Americans ages 30-45 have at least one tattoo. The expo is definitely adding to that statistic.

“Me and my mom actually went together to get a tattoo,” Leslie Hubbard said. “That just started it.”

When it comes to tattoos, some folks say a former stigma seems to be fading.

“Now it’s probably socially more acceptable,” James Weaver, who has tattoos said. “It’s very common to see surgeons with tattoos.”

Weaver was just accepted to veterinary school at Ohio State. He says you probably do not associate full tattoo sleeves when you go to see a doctor, but he’s covered in tattoos

“It’s maybe not for everybody, and you’re commissioning a piece of your skin to an artist,” he said.

And like any kind of art, some people just don’t like it

“Ugly, ugly, ugly,” Peg Benincasa said when asked what she thinks of when she hears the word tattoo.

While seeing someone with a tattoo isn’t necessarily surprising, we’re still a long way from them being completely commonplace. But some artists are dreaming big for the future.

“I don’t know about politicians, but I’d love to see a tattooed president,” James said.

The expo runs until 6 p.m. Sunday at the Wilmington Convention Center.