This Saturday I attended the Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. I must admit I was a little intimidated when the first person I encountered was having flames tattooed across his throat. But everyone I met was friendly and had interesting stories to tell.

Tattoo artist Roman Costa of Timeless in Kansas City, Mo. inks Ted Schlageter during the Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. Costa and Schlageter first met at last year's convention. (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Tattoo artist Jason Doherty of Portland shows off his 24 karat gold tattoo pen during the Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Aaron Borden from Bend inks Chris Cook from Bend during the Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. Cook was on the table for more than five hours. "After a while," he said, "it feels like a bad sunburn." (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Sean Johnson of Salem inks Bri Sparks during the Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)

The Oregon Ink Tattoo Convention this weekend at the Lane Events Center in Eugene attracted tattoo artists and enthusiasts from around the country. (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Tabitha Yeasley gets her first tattoo during the Tattoo Convention on Saturday at the Lane Events Center in Eugene. Her boyfriend Thomas offers support. (Jamie Lay/Oregon Daily Emerald)


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