About Us

Founded in early 2017, The Explorer Tattoo Confrence’s goal was and continues to be to create a learning event for professional tattooers unlike anything the industry has ever seen. We take some of the world’s greatest, most respected tattooers — their insights, knowledge, and experiences — and make them accessible to our attendees. Every presenter will be in attendance alongside you each day of the conference. During the entire three days, our presenters and organizers are here for you and completely available. This is your chance to hear their stories, ask your questions, and even receive critiques. 

With attendance, you will be granted unlimited access to all seminars and panel presentations. You will receive a digital course handbook and syllabus with answers to many of your questions about our presenters set-up and history. Lastly, you will take home a goodie bag, which has previously included things like a conference pin, lanyard, ink, aftercare, tube, and needle samples.

Tattoo conventions are a lot of fun; there is energy, excitement, and you get to do tattoos around your friends. This is not a tattoo convention. It is three days of networking, learning, and growing as a tattoo artist. You will rub elbows with hundreds of tattooers all similarly looking to improve their art and tattooing abilities. Unlike other conference series, you do not have to choose between what seminars to take as you have access to every seminar. Each presenter tailors their seminar to make an impact no matter what style of tattoo you make.

The learning does not stop when conference hours are over. One of our after hours events always includes an informal portfolio review option. Our presenters are the best in the business and dedicate their time at Explorer to helping you grow. Each night there is an after hours event planned that allows you to draw and network with other attendees and our presenters.

The Explorer Tattoo Conference is for professional tattoo artists only.

Previous locations include:

Washington, DC June 2017

Chicago, IL October 2017

St. Louis, MO May 2018

Los Angeles, CA September 2018

St. Louis, MO May 2019

Los Angeles, CA November 2019

Dallas, TX September 2021

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Our conferences are the best way for professional tattoo artists to network and learn. Our goal is to help you hone your craft.