Once upon a time, heavy tattage was the exclusive brand of sea dogs, sideshow freaks, and antisocial slime. Today, though, everybodys been inked. Your sisters left boob is tagged Property of Tito. Your brothers forearm bears a baby pirate with a kinky kris dagger in its wooden teeth. Even Mom decided, in the wake of her second divorce, that the day had come to get a lower-back tat: The word Cougar in cursive cat scratches, surrounded by hatching butterflies to symbolize rebirth.
Naturally, then, you should take the whole family to the Hyatt Regency Miami (400 SE Second Ave., Miami) for this weekends Tattoolapalooza. You can all get matching Al-Pacino-as-Scarface ink work. You can enter Moms tramp stamp into the Best Back Piece tattoo contest. You can party with biker dudes, goth punk bands, and a couple of evil clowns named Professor Chumley and Ses Carny. Now cue that creepy carnie music. The convention is open 4 till midnight Friday, noon till midnight Saturday, and noon till 8 p.m. Sunday. It costs $25 for a one-day ticket or $50 for a weekend pass. Call 954-696-3233, or visit tattoolapalooza.com.
Fri., June 25, 4 p.m.; Sat., June 26, noon; Sun., June 27, noon, 2010