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Tattoo Expo at Navy Pier

The buzzing sounds of new tattoo jobs overpowered the loud rock music Friday at the Tattoo and Body Art Expo at Navy Pier.

The "gigantic skin show-off party" is in town this weekend as the first stop in a four-city tour. The expo features tattoo artists, on-site body piercing, tattoo-related vendors and, of course, a heavily tattooed crowd.

We asked people at Friday's event about their ink jobs:

Janie Rager, 33, Warsaw, Ind.

Favorite tattoo: "My spiritual collection of a cross, praying hands, dove, roses for my grandmother, and the Virgin Mary."

Why she got it: "I've been getting tattoos for 10 years. I just enjoy the artwork, and I'm a strong believer in Christ. I'm showing other people that the ink is just the outside. Our tattoo shop is a ministry."

How long it took: "16 hours total."

On a pain scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most painful, how much it hurt: "At points, it was at a 5. The rib cage is the worst. The feet are nothing compared to ribs."

What number tattoo it was: "If you can count your tattoos, then you don't have enough. Twenty percent of my body is covered."

Herb Shelhamer, 35, Sharon, Pa.

Favorite tattoo: "The dragon, on my neck."

Why he got it: "I like dragons. The piercings as eyes are pretty sweet. They're called microdermals [body jewelry implanted into the body]. I get a lot of compliments on it."

How long it took: "About 4 hours."

Pain scale, 1 to 5: "3. The third or fourth hour is when it becomes unbearable. But the first few hours, it's enjoyable."

What number tattoo it was: "Oh, wow. Probably around 70th or so."

Bobby Moss, 33, Glendale, Ariz.

Favorite tattoo: "My kids, as cheerleaders. They're 9 and 11 years old."

Why he got it: "Just because names and portraits are played out. I wanted to get cartoon figures."

How long it took: "12 hours."

Pain scale, 1 to 5: "4, because it's on the ribs."

What number tattoo it was: "I'm almost fully covered, so I don't know. It's one of my most recent ones."

Ryan Campbell, 29, Tucson, Ariz.

Favorite tattoo: "A geisha queen of hearts."

Why he got it: "It's for my first-year anniversary with my wife, who's Japanese. It has the seven things most important in her life tattooed around it: a toy poodle, DJ head phones, vinyl record, book, cherry blossom because our daughter's name is Sakura [cherry blossom in Japanese], her family crest in Japanese kanji and wedding ring, all in red ink. She got a matching one, a suicide king of hearts, with the seven things representing me.

How long it took: "About 2 hours, with the seven tattoos."

Pain scale, 1 to 5: "1. On the forearm, I could take that all day."

What number tattoo it was: "I'm fully covered. I'd say about 100."

Angel Frank, 27, Denver, Colo.

Favorite tattoo: "My hands. It's a zombie boy and zombie girl. They don't really have eyes, because they don't have souls."

Why she got it: "It took me a really long time to pick an artist. The girl I picked, and gave her artistic freedom. I just said, 'Something dark and pretty.'"

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Popular Q&A

When is the Navy Pier Tattoo expo

The Navy Pier Tattoo Expo is June 19, 20, and 21, at Navy Pier located at 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611. ChaCha Again!

When is the tattoo expo at Navy Pier?

Body Art Expo, Sunday June 21, 2009 from 11:00am - 8:00pm. Navy Pier 600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60611

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