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1130 9th Ave SW, Bessemer, Alabama 35022
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Birmingham has been on our radar for a long time. We are excited to announce that Birmingham will host our closing 2020 event on September 11-13, 2020. There is no reason to miss this one.

Birmingham is the epicenter of the last stop of the Tattoo Frontier in 2020. Because of this we have a stacked show planned with an after party the likes of which has never been seen. When the dust is settled and the smoke is cleared, Birmingham will prove to be a show not soon forgotten.

See you at Birmingham Tattoo Expo!

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Earlier we released a brief, we wanted to give more detail so here is the full statement on the events that led to this reschedule...

Official Statement:

Once more, it is with deep regret that we have rescheduled this event. We want to take a moment to give a longer explanation to the events that led to this event rescheduling. First, and foremost, we once more want to apologize and understand the level of frustration and anger that is felt from the decision. We have been able to reach out to most of the artists and vendors at this time and start the process of reimbursement for their fees as well as compensation for their travel. We are also reaching out to all ticket holders with the option of rolling over to the next scheduled date (weekend of June 26th) or receiving a full refund. Communication for this can be done using the email info@thetfcc.com

Next, we understand that there is some confusion over booth sales. Initially, we were scheduled to hold the event in a smaller portion of the Convention Center. We did well with sales, making the decision to move to a larger space. We saw that we could make the Columbus convention special, so we decided to make it bigger. Once in the larger space, we laid out a new floor plan. At that time, we hadn’t quite filled the space with the roster. It was as we continued to grow that the decision was made to open the floor a final time. These decisions were made with the ambition of creating a memory for Columbus.

When we went into this, we knew that Columbus had never hosted a tattoo convention. We also understand that there would be challenges. We understood that we had a deadline for artists to submit applications as well as our studio permit. That was the beginning of an ongoing issue. Clearly, we are not a tattoo studio. We are a traveling tattoo convention with various aspects to our programming. Unfortunately, the law in Columbus was for tattooing is from 2004 and does not include temporary tattoo licenses, temporary permits and so on. There would have to be exceptions made, and there were. The typical tattoo license fee for Columbus is $100.00 per artist. We were fortunate that the Health Department gave us grace and only required a $50.00 artist fee. The permit fees were also restructured for the event. What was not restructured was the nature of the permit. We were still viewed as a tattoo studio and were required to follow guidelines that we put in place for permanent facilities. This would mean for us that we would be required to have booths that would feature cleanable walls, special non-absorbent flooring, and we were required to have light color surfaces. These regulations in and of themselves could be crippling to a traveling convention where most other conventions use a simple pipe-and-drape system that is black in color and place plastic sheeting in the artists space.

Further, we were required to have a law changed before we could be granted access to have tattooist operate on Sunday. Tattoo artists had been tattooing on Sunday for years. We would need the law to change. So, there were hurdles to overcome and we were proud to meet them as they came. The issues really started pouring in when it came to “what” was supposed to be submitted. One major issue was that we were a traveling event that would be required to handle tattoo artists private information. This created concern as many artists were uncomfortable with submitting that information to a show promoter and that is fully understandable. Due to the fact that we were considered a tattoo studio, we were responsible for handling this information. (The Health Department did make a few exceptions in the last weeks). Add to that a “proof of residency” form that was to be notarized. We had been given information prior to that the form process would be simple. We were told that there would be exceptions because of the nature of the event. Clearly, we were told wrong. The information that was given to us and the individual who had done so has been dealt with.

The remaining issue came to the final deadline set by the health department. As of Tuesday, at 4:00PM only about 30% of tattoo artists had been registered. We made the decision to speak with some of the artists and vendors who had been fully registered. We had a couple of cancellations due to concern over the event being much smaller. We pushed to today to find a way to salvage the event while giving Columbus a great experience. We found that we would be better suited to reschedule the event and try to make this a special event. The made the decision to reschedule and the new date is the weekend of June 26th.

We want to make a clear statement on a few key issues in closing. First, with the help and guidance of the convention center, the law was changed that tattooing is “officially” legal on Sunday. We feel that the regulations for Columbus can be changed and commit to push to help make that happen. With the same guidance and resolve that was used to move the Sunday mountain, we will press to help open the doors for other events to come to Columbus with a more simplified system put in place. We also want to make it clear that there are those at the Health Department who were super helpful. Some fought to help with us moving deadlines, even fought to help us get the measures that were needed pushed. Sadly, even with their resolve, we were still viewed as a tattoo studio and were held to those standards. Also, we will press to help those in the health department to migrate to a system that is effective in the field. At many other Georgia tattoo conventions, health departments can take forms and fees while in the field. This creates a simplified structure, not only for tattoo conventions, but also for local tattoo studios. It should also be noted that we were booked at the convention center and did submit artist applications to the health department. We fought hard to make this a great event and regret that there was no event at all. Due to this, we will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that, at the next event, we are not viewed as a studio, but a traveling convention.

Once more, thank you to the convention center and their staff for the help and support through this whole thing. Also thank you to those at the health department who did fight. We give a big thank you to the community for the support to this point. Finally, a major apology to everyone for rescheduling this event on short notice. Once more, refunds and concerns can be directed to us at info@thetfcc.com. We will answer promptly and schedule a call.
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With Christmas on the way we don't want to be a scrooge. We are excited to announce that we are approaching 2,000 pre-order ticket sales. Go ahead and get your tickets now. The 2,000th ticket will win a $250.00 tattoo! We are very close to 2,000, but we can't tell you how close. Besides, what kind of Christmas would it be without a little mystery. Merry Christmas and thank you Columbus, Georgia!
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With Christmas on the way we dont want to be a scrooge. We are excited to announce that we are approaching 2,000 pre-order ticket sales. Go ahead and get your tickets now. The 2,000th ticket will win a $250.00 tattoo! We are very close to 2,000, but we cant tell you how close. Besides, what kind of Christmas would it be without a little mystery. Merry Christmas and thank you Columbus, Georgia! Get your tickets only at www.thetfcc.com

Join us on January 10-12, 2020 for the Tattoo Frontier Columbus Tattoo Expo. At the Columbus, Georgia Convention and Trade Center!

Presented by Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson and World Famous Tattoo Ink and The Platinum Koi Tattoo Studio and Snake Oil Tattoo Ointment.

Featruing such artists as Chris Hosmer, Amber Kirby, Josh Mcmillan, Josh Mcmillan, @Daniel Japaniel, Noah Hollis, Jordan Nalls, John Riendeau, @tTodd Glidewell, Errick W Long, Quincey Locklear, Eric Newby, Kyle Ake, James Gannon, Tattoos By Scout, James Armstrong, Melissa Posey. Jarvis Wims, Honeyhive Henna, Hakim Tariq Alston, Julian Gladness, Matt Hattaway, Joel McCourt, Kevin Michael Dixon, Justin Polito, Melanie Pants, Thomas Randall, Cody Lambert, Josh Presley, Donie Schrecengost, Joey Henson, Antonio Hooks, Tatu Richie, Sara Marshall, Amber Barrett, Ryan Gage Gonzalez, Mark Rice, Chevy TheArtist, Larry Lockwood, Jay Mitchell, Sean Robinson, Matthew Maxx Dame, and so many more...
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FREE TATTOO? This contest is for ALL five TFCC 2020 conventions. Here are the rules... FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS :) 1. Must FOLLOW us on Instagram. (Post screenshot in comments) INSTA LINK: @tattoo_frontier_conventions 2. Must TAG five friends in this post and COMMENT #TFCC 3. Must share this post on your wall! #THETFCC LIKE | SHARE | COMMENT www.thetfcc.com

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