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SPECIAL EVENT | Roc City Tattoo Expo 

Body modification is the furthest thing from a new or passing trend, and it certainly isn't going away anytime soon. Examples of modification and adornments such as piercings, lobe or lip stretching, and tattooing can be found in the histories of nearly every corner of the world, and this form of beautification is only gaining popularity in modern cultures. Many of my non-inked friends joke that they are the edgy ones now, and one of my little nieces is perturbed when she sees someone who doesn't have "pictures" on their skin.

Love Hate Tattoo will present the 5th Annual Roc City Tattoo Expo this weekend at Rochester Riverside Radisson Hotel (120 E. Main St.). The event takes place Friday, May 3, 1-11 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, noon-6 p.m. Six local parlors will be represented, and artists from dozens of tattoo shops from around the country and world will be present to ink visitors, so you can get body artwork from a beloved artist sans plane ticket.

Love the look but not interested in permanence or needles? Many artists will be selling drawings, paintings, jewelry, and more. Admission is $10 per day, or $25 for a weekend pass. For more information, call 546-6400 or visit roccitytattooexpo.com.

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