My article Atlantic City hosts the ‘Drawin’ the Wildcard’ Tattoo Expo for the Indulge section of the South Jersey Times.
VINELAND—The tattoo artists at Sinful Art Tattoo Rt. 47 don’t like to tattoo customers in a confined, claustrophobic space like most shops do. They instead tattoo clients in a wide, open area where they can relax and be among other people getting tattoos. Not only that, but the artists like to travel to places and events to share their South Jersey style with other tattoo lovers.
“Tattoo conventions are usually just a gathering of tattoo artists from all around the world,” said Pete Delia, owner of Sinful Art Tattoo in Vineland. “It’s pretty much just a big, open area where we set up temporary booths, and you get different artists from around the world that will come to people that want to be tattooed by them.”
Pete Delia, 34, has been tattooing for 11 years and has owned his own shop for six years. The shop can be found open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12-9 and Sunday through Monday by appointment only. Delia has a special interest in photo realism and portraits, but does every kind of tattoo from the Aztec calendar to stick figures.
One the weekend of September 27-30, the guys at Sinful Art Tattoo set up a booth at the Sinful Art Tattoo Expo in conjunction with the White Rose Thunder motorcycle rally in York, Pennsylvania. Around 35,000 people were in attendance and tattoo artists from all over the country showed up to do amazing works of art.
Four other tattoo artists also work at the shop: Josh “Dynamo” has been tattooing there for 6 years, Dave “AZMA” Knauer has been working there for a year and a half, Mike has been working there for 3 years, Ernie has been working there for a year, and Don the apprentice and piercer has been there for a year. Mike, Dave, and Don work there full time and Josh and Ernie work there part time.
Delia decided to set up Sinful Art Tattoo differently from his first tattoo shop. “We have an open style shop to where I only have one booth that is set up for private sessions and the rest of the shop is an open layout so when you are getting tattooed
everybody else is getting tattooed around you.” said Delia. For those who are waiting to be tattooed, there is a great display of pictures and drawings all over the walls.
Delia plans to continue traveling to tattoo conventions annually. “It’s a chance for people to get tattooed by somebody that they wouldn’t normally get tattooed by,” he said. “People that are tattoo collectors that don’t just want to go to the same person like different artists. It’s a way for them to get to a close area and get tattooed by different people.“