Photos courtesy of Jade Presents
Whether you’re just getting into tattoos or motorcycles, or are a seasoned veteran, there’ll be something for you at the Roughrider Ink & Iron Expo!
The fifth annual expo, which highlights the skill, artistry and expression shared by both tattoos and motorcycles, takes place today through Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Arena in West Fargo.
In previous years, the expo was held at the Scheels Arena. Due to the layout of the space, the tattoo and motorcycle areas had to be split up with one on the concourse and one on the ice area. Now, it’ll be a more cohesive, fluid experience for everyone to enjoy, said Courtney Ficek, Director of Events at Jade Presents.
This year will feature more than 60 tattoo artists and 130 custom-built motorcycles on display throughout the weekend, making it the biggest and best event yet. There will also be a variety of vendors for clothing, motorcycle accessories, jewelry and more.
“We’ve bumped it up this year,” Ficek said.
The Roughrider Ink & Iron Expo is an inclusive experience for everyone, regardless of their experience with the artistry of tattoos and/or motorcycles.
“It speaks to all genres of people; it’s not just for bikers or people who collect tattoos,” she said.
Tonight, the focus will be on tattoos while the motorcycle section is being built before attendees’ eyes. There will be entertainment tonight as well, but Ficek said if people want the full experience, things will be in full swing on Saturday.
If you’re 18 years old or older, you can even get a new tattoo at the event. Browse the list of tattoo artists (some are local, but not all!) that will be there to see if they inspire you.
If you have a tattoo that you think is award-worthy, enter any of the various contests that will be going on throughout Saturday and Sunday for a $5 registration fee per contest.
In attendance to do a meet and greet, judge the Most Regrettable Tattoo contest, record a podcast and more will be Lex & Terry, hosts of a syndicated morning radio show based in Dallas that broadcasts on Q105.1 Rocks! Whoever wins the Most Regrettable Tattoo contest will receive a $200 gift certificate from Catalyst Medical Center for laser removal, which seems like the most appropriate prize possible.
Athena Funk of Amarok Tattoo in Fargo has been involved with the expo as both an attendee and a participant. Her shop has been one of the expo’s sponsors for the past few years, and she serves as one of the tattoo consultants along with Justin Nudell from Golden Needle Tattoo Studio in Moorhead and Noah Kilsdonk from No Coast Tattoo in Fargo.
She really enjoys the event because it brings so many different people together in one place.
“The expo is a really cool opportunity for local people to go to an event and see all the tattoo shops in town, and it’s an opportunity to get tattoos from people who don’t live in Fargo,” she said.
“I’m super excited to get all the artists together in one place,” she added. “It’s a cool environment with all the artistic people.”
A portion of the ticket sales and any money raised from a silent auction with custom-painted helmets will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation North Dakota.
Around 3,000 people are expected to attend the expo over the weekend. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend.
For more information or to get tickets, visit their website.
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