Ink Masters Tattoo Show comes to Odessa

(KWES) - Ink Masters Tattoo Show stopped by Odessa this weekend.

This is the fifth year for the show in the Basin. They bring in different tattoo artists and different styles from across the country and world to one place.

It was packed inside of the Ector County Coliseum. There was lots of music, talking and buzzing from the tattoo machine. For some, a tattoo is more than just the ink on the skin.

Mike Elliott was getting a tattoo at the show Saturday and says, "I'm getting a Texas tattoo. Always wanted to signify where I'm from and who I am as a Texan."

Each tattoo tells a different story.

Mike tells us about one of his many tattoos. He says, "Probably the most special is my dolphins right here. That's a submarine insignia from the navy. Only submarine sailors get those. It's about a year-long training process to get your dolphins."

Sometimes the person giving the tattoo has a story of their own.

Fernando Badley gave Elliott his tattoo Saturday. He says, "I was in the Navy on active duty for 14 years. I did underwater photography while I was in."

The artists say it's not a typical 9 to 5 job.

"That it's not a job. It's my everyday hobby. It's my passion," says Jose Mata Ortega, tattoo artist.

Kito Talbot agrees and says, "I don't know. For me it releases stress… when I'm tattooing… it's like my happy place, you know?"

And the Ink Masters Tattoo Show says they'll continue to come back to Odessa.

"I like Odessa. I like Odessa people. I like how they are. They love the show," says Raymond Hernandez. He's the owner of Ink Master Tattoo shop in San Antonio, Texas. He continues by saying, "I think it's perfect for the town. And every time we come it just gets better and better every year.

Sunday, March 11, is the last day for the event. You can catch them from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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