RITES OF PASSAGE TATTOO FESTIVAL – Day 3. Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne. 09-04-2017.

Words and VLog Callum Doig.

With a great first impression on my visit to last year’s Rites of Passage, I thought it’d be as good a time as ever to come back again to see what the acclaimed tattoo festival had to offer this time. On a colder April day than usual, it was great to finally return to the Royal Exhibition Building for the annual body art expedition.

With mostly locals at Rites of Passage such as Frankie Lee’s, East Brunswick Tattoos, Melburn Made Ink and Benny Bones, there was a collective of international talent that showcased the abilities they had, such as Visual Orgasm from Singapore, Spacifik Ink from New Zealand, Three Tides Tattoo from Japan, Tattoo Family from Malaysia, Paul Martin Tattoo from Scotland and even a travelling artist named Joshua Sara from Melbourne. Each and every parlour came with their own unique style to display throughout the venue. From Japanese to European, to expensively detailed portraits, anything that came to the mind of a patron was there in that exact building. Continue reading

RITES OF PASSAGE Tattoo, Music and Art Festival. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Fri 24 to Sun 26-04-2015. Post 2.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

It’s amazing how quickly a year can go by! The Rites Of Passage Tattoo, Art and Music Festival is always a highlight on the calendar and gets bigger and better every year. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne, the annual event held over the Anzac long weekend plays host to over 240 of the top tattoo artists from Australia and around the world. 2015 saw more tattoo booths as well as artists, clothing, airbrushing, stores, food and the amazing Sea Shepherd crew.

Fridays are usually a great warm up as so many people are still working and attend on the weekend. It’s a good time to be able to chat to the artists not booked out as many only take walk ups at the event or have Saturdays and Sundays booked. By the time Saturday lunch time came round though it was crazy! The walk ways were like peak hour at Flinders Station, which can make it a little difficult at times to catch a glimpse of some of the main draw cards but to be honest, it also contributes to the excitement and buzz.

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RITES OF PASSAGE Tattoo, Music and Art Festival. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Fri 24 to Sun 26-04-2015.

Words Cassie Walker.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

On a typical grey Melbourne weekend, traffic, coffee, rain, we made it to the beautiful and historic Royal Exhibition Building located in the Carlton Gardens, following the groups of black clothed, tattoo curious fans into the hall to escape the cold and the rain and experience the iconic Rites Of Passage Tattoo, Music and Art Festival.

The line to purchase tickets snaked through the foyer before entering into the depths of the beautiful venue which is a piece of art itself. The display of motor bikes and artwork, the smell of dumplings in the air and a soundtrack of hip hop, rock and metal tunes was the perfect snap shot of the diversity of the event.

Neo-traditional was the ‘flavour of the festival’ with stand out artists Crispy Lennox of The Black Mark, Melbourne who was focused on the leg piece he was working on and seemed shy at the audience wanting to see his work, and Mimsy Gleeson and Tilly Dee who front the Trailer Trash Tattoo team from Queensland who win most creative booth with the overdose of pink and plastic flamingos.

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