Scranton gearing up for eighth annual Electric City Tattoo Convention


Scranton gathering in its eighth year

By Brigid Edmunds - [email protected]

The Electric City Tattoo Convention features a variety of tattoo artists and styles as well as vendors, entertainment such as sideshow acts, and a pin-up contest.


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Electric City Tattoo Convention organizer Woody Wodock said patrons looking to have work done are ‘almost guaranteed’ to find the artist and style they’re seeking.


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In its eighth year, the Electric City Tattoo Convention draws more than 165 artists and creates an environment that welcomes everyone from the ink addict to the curious blank canvas.


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    IF YOU GO

    What: Electric City Tattoo Convention

    Where: Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton

    When: 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

    Tickets: $15 single day tickets; $40 weekend passes. Tickets can be purchased at the event only.

    SCRANTON — If you asked Woody Wodock eight years ago if he thought he’d still be running the Electric City Tattoo Convention, he’d probably tell you no.

    “Never in a million years I thought we’d still be doing this,” he said.

    The tattoo artist, who also serves as the convention organizer, recounted the nerves of planning the first tattoo convention and wondering if it would be successful.

    “I don’t like to fail at doing things,” Wodock said.

    Eight years later, the convention, which will be held at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center from Friday to Sunday, has grown to include over 165 artists. It also plays host to various entertainment, such as a sword swallower, burlesque shows and the Miss Electric City pin-up contest.

    In addition, the convention will have about 14 vendors selling artwork and T-shirts, plus contests for artists and artwork done on site.

    Wodock said the convention isn’t just for those looking to get a new tattoo. Over the years, he said, he wanted it to become a family-friendly event and a welcoming environment even if someone wasn’t looking to have work done.

    “People are looking for stuff to do in this area,” he said.

    Those who do want to get work done will be able to choose from a wide variety of artists and styles.

    “You’re almost guaranteed to find the artist and type you want,” said Wodock.

    The effect of the convention is two-fold, he said. In addition to introducing artists from across the country to the Scranton area, it helps stimulate the local economy. Between hotels, coffee shops and restaurants, Wodock said, downtown Scranton will thrive this weekend.

    Wodock said business owners have approached him saying how much the convention impacts the city.

    “You can feel the difference that weekend,” he said.

    Wodock spends half his year planning the convention and getting everything ready, and he is satisfied with how everything has turned out so far.

    “I’m definitely happy,” he said.

    The Electric City Tattoo Convention features a variety of tattoo artists and styles as well as vendors, entertainment such as sideshow acts, and a pin-up contest.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_FullSizeRender-2-1.jpgThe Electric City Tattoo Convention features a variety of tattoo artists and styles as well as vendors, entertainment such as sideshow acts, and a pin-up contest. Submitted photo
    Electric City Tattoo Convention organizer Woody Wodock said patrons looking to have work done are ‘almost guaranteed’ to find the artist and style they’re seeking.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_FullSizeRender-3-1.jpgElectric City Tattoo Convention organizer Woody Wodock said patrons looking to have work done are ‘almost guaranteed’ to find the artist and style they’re seeking. Submitted photo
    In its eighth year, the Electric City Tattoo Convention draws more than 165 artists and creates an environment that welcomes everyone from the ink addict to the curious blank canvas.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_FullSizeRender-4-1.jpgIn its eighth year, the Electric City Tattoo Convention draws more than 165 artists and creates an environment that welcomes everyone from the ink addict to the curious blank canvas. Submitted photo
    Scranton gathering in its eighth year

    By Brigid Edmunds

    [email protected]

    IF YOU GO

    What: Electric City Tattoo Convention

    Where: Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave., Scranton

    When: 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday

    Tickets: $15 single day tickets; $40 weekend passes. Tickets can be purchased at the event only.

    Reach Brigid Edmunds at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds.

    Reach Brigid Edmunds at 570-991-6113 or on Twitter @brigidedmunds.

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