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Tattoo Convention Returns to Chicago This Weekend

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

As the world slowly emerges from its Covid cave, one fan-favorite convention returned to The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this weekend, the Villain Arts Tattoo Convention.

Over one hundred artists and vendors converged in Rosemont, Ill. this week for the first post-pandemic expo in the Chicagoland area, and attendance was huge.

We sat down with one tattoo artist, Raphael Corona from Code of Conduct Tattoos in Chicago, to ask how he felt about the return to the con floor, post covid.

”I love it. It’s like seeing the old familiar faces after a long hibernation. Nothing feels better than to see old friends and colleagues getting back to what we love doing. This is a very specific community… a family that you only get to see a couple of times a year.”


When asked how he felt about returning to the con floor in respect to Covid, Corona had this to say.

”I was hesitant at first, but I’m vaccinated and I know a lot of other people are too. You can only hope that the majority of people are responsible people. The covid numbers in Chicago are way down and everybody here seems to be staying nice and distanced.“


That seemed to be true. While visiting the convention, you could see people were not congregating too tightly and were keeping a wide birth.

In addition to the tattoo artists, there was quite a lot of art on sale from regional artists including some really great comic book art and prints on sale at many of the event booths, especially Booth 312 (pictured here), arguably the most ‘Chicago’ of all the booth numbers.

The Villain Arts Tattoo Convention runs all weekend long in Rosemont. For more information, visit

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