Tattoo artists and ink lovers flock to the ninth International London Tattoo Convention. The three-day event hosts more than 300 tattoo artists.
Depending on the culture and the era, tattoos have been taboo or mainstream. In some ancient societies, nearly all members sported some form of body art. In the modern West, tattooing was once mostly restricted to sailors, artists and others who considered themselves counterculture. But today, tattoos are very mainstream in the US, Europe and parts of Asia. A 2012 poll found that 1 of 5 adult Americans now has at least one tattoo.
In late September, tattoo aficionados from around the globe descend on London for an international convention of exhibitions, musical performances and parties. And yes, some attendees will get fresh ink courtesy of the 300-plus tattoo artists on hand.
In this photo: Jade Allison displays her tattoo-covered upper body during the London convention on Sept. 27.