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Lubbock Tattoo Expo attracts artists and ink enthusiasts from across the nation

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Lubbock's Tattoo Expo attracted more than 200 tattoo artists from the Hub City and around the country. It's the sixth year for the expo, with the event gaining more popularity each year.

Lubbock artist Mike Diaz said there was a lot of resistance at first when organizing the event six years ago. Now, it's helped accept new societal norms. 

"Honestly normal people get tattoos. It's your everyday person, your neighbor, your coworker, your family. Everybody that's in here is just anybody you would see on the streets," he said. 

He added it positively impacts Lubbock in many aspects.

"It really contributes to Lubbock in a lot of ways when it comes to hotels, businesses, restaurants," he said. "The artists come and they spend a lot of money here and then plus we also get a lot clients that come in from out of town and stay in Lubbock and spend a lot of money, so the revenue here is awesome for Lubbock."

Megan Malone is a piercing artist in for Urban's Tattoo and Piercing in Fort Worth. Her and her husband have been a part of the expo for five years. She said each year it grows it becomes more family-oriented. 

"The more people are coming, we're seeing people bring in their kids in here now because now they know we're not gonna bite, you know, we're not being wild like that. We're parents too," she said. 

The three day event is organized by Diaz and family. He owns Sunken City Ink and competed on "Ink Master" season 10 in 2018.

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