Tattoos, Weasel and the Vampire Woman: What a messe

BY CLAYTON PATTERSON  |  Jochen Auer’s Vienna Wildstyle and Tattoo Messe in the Gasometer continues to bring high-level, world-class talent to his public. A messe is a fair, and the Gasometer is four huge, 19th-century, brick gas tanks that have been converted for various uses, from office and residential to entertainment. One of the contributions I brought to this latest incarnation of the show was finding Maria Jose Cristerna, Mexico’s “Vampire Woman,” and setting up the talks leading to her being given a chance to display her unique talents, below right. Above left, Steve Bonge, center, met with New Zealand-born tattoo artist Brent McCown, right. Brent will be attending Steve’s upcoming New York City international tattoo convention. Brent tattoos using the traditional Pacific style. Above right, Domino Blue, collaborates with her husband, Tom Blue, to create an auditory and visual, impressionistic stage piece, including percussionists playing oil drums and gymnasts performing skillful routines. Below, left, one of my highlights in documenting the show was meeting Weasel, the legendary Frankfurt soccer hooligan. Meeting a genuine hooligan, for me, was a real kick. Next weekend, Salzburg.

Photos By Clayton Patterson

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