The second annual Icelandic Tattoo Festival was held in Grand Rokk during the weekend June 8 to 10. Among the respected artists that visited Grand Rokk that weekend were: Santana, JJ & GP, Jason June & Cheryl “The Devil”, Cline & Jason Thompson, Bosco, Erin Lambert and Crowbar; with contribution from local artists Fjölnir, Jón Páll, Búri, Sverrir, Jón Þór and Vincent.
Icelandic tattoo artists regard the festival as a learning experience. With a lot of respected foreign artists visiting, the festival offers a great opportunity to catch the fresh winds from the international tattoo community that will not necessarily travel to this isolated island in timely fashion through other means.
Much like last year, which drew in the excess of 1,200 people, this year’s event proved to be a great success with a constant stream of people visiting Grand Rokk to satisfy their curiosity and many happy visitors left Grand Rokk sporting brand new tattoos and every artist was booked solid through the weekend. The Grapevine visited Grand Rokk on Saturday and met some of the artists and some of the canvas. Take a look.