In the fierce battle to host national and regional conventions, Louisville has remained competitive by catering to many niche industries and trade groups.
One such upcoming convention will bring walking works of art to downtown, and perhaps raise a few eyebrows.
The Greater Kentucky Tattoo & Piercing Expo will be held Nov. 21 to 23, at the Kentucky International Convention Center, Cascade Ballroom, 221 S. Fourth St.
The Louisville Marriott Downtown will be the host hotel for the convention.
The fourth-annual expo will feature more than 60 tattoo artists and body piercing specialists from across the United States, the Kentucky State Fair Board, which operates the convention center, said in a news release.
The event will include “sideshows,” clothing, music, jewelry, fine art and parties.
Last year’s expo drew about 3,000 attendees, but more are expected this year, said event organizer Sara Huser, manager of Castle of Color Inc., a Nicholasville, Ky., tattoo and piercing shop.