Before I write another Watches & Wonders 2015 article (yes there are more coming). I went to the 3rd International HK China Tattoo Convention on a semi- business nature yesterday, both shows are in their 3rd year and overlap with each other, talk about a busy weekend! So far you must be wondering why am I talking about this on WWD, well, it caught me by surprise too so read on!
First, a little bit about the show, it’s organised by Gabe Shum of Freedom Tattoo, in case you don’t know who he is, remember those Chinese calligraphy on David Beckham’s torso whenever he pulls up his jersey after scoring a goal? Well, Gabe did them, so is some of the tat’s on Lebron James as well. Gabe is regarded as one of the top tattoo master in the world. And once a year his friends and his crew from all over the world gather at the Inno Centre near Festival Walk for a wild weekend of fun, music and beer! What I did not expect was the huge number of watch lovers I met at the show, there were Rolex’s, AP, PAM everywhere, And from what I saw, the tattoo crowd certainly have great taste in watches too.
Here is Gabe, making a great entrance with a “Segway”
Davee, a traveling Polish tattoo artist, also under the Freedom Tattoo marquee. We had a brief chat and he certainly knows his watces! Here he is working on his design with a Rolex Deep Sea on Rubber B Strap!
Sajin from Korea, very friendly during our interview, also a Rolex Fan and happy to show it!
And a local artist Jimmy, the Horned Bug tats on his left arm is as mean looking as his GMT (16710?).
An artist from Taiwan with a Bling’ed up YG Date Day, badass!
His customer certainly share his love of Rolex too, a Two Tone Daytona:
You can spot Kaz Tattoo artist Edward from 50m out, and his AP Royal Oak Chrono is just as eye-catching!
And surprise! A watch manufacturer booth @ the Tattoo Convention. Edwin, a Japanese Jean & fashion label has release a range of simplistic yet Retro design watches. They use Citizen Miyota quartz movements and the casing and bands are of very high quality. You can get a free haircut at the Barber shop theme booth and chill out on the chesterfield with the rest of the Edwin crew Brian, Tony, Amy & the lovely Jane (in Pink hair).
Next time, if you are around Causeway Bay, be sure to check out their Barbershop x Watch Boutique at Haven street (near the famous pork chop bun Danish Bakery) and get a hair cut while you are at it!
More highlight of the show:
Finally, a big thank you to Samantha, Karen & Justin for the arrangement that day!