BILOXI -- More than 75 tattoo artists from across the country and world will have stations in the Grand Ballroom at the Golden Nugget Casino & Hotel this weekend, creating art for new and returning clients at the Due South Tattoo Expo.
The expo, in its second year, is hosted by Coast artist Matt Stebly and his Ocean Springs shop, Twisted Anchor Tattoo and Gallery.
Expo coordinator Christina Jackson said she expects 1,000 to 2,000 people each day.
"We really enjoyed it last year," she said. "It's nice to get a lot of people and tattoo artists in once place."
She said Stebly often attends tattoo conventions, and he understands what makes them succeed. She said hosting the expo in Biloxi helps put a positive light on an often misunderstood art form.
"It has a stigma tied to the industry itself, so it's nice for people to see that this is first and foremost a business, but second, that people in this industry are really passionate about their work."
And there will be a lot more going on at the expo.
Jackson said belly dancers will perform Saturday night, and live music playing all weekend.
"We'll have live painting going on and merchandise for sale," Jackson said.
She said people looking for unique gifts will find artwork, prints and T-shirts.
Crooked Letter Brewery will unveil its Red Tide brew, a cherry-flavored Stabello created just for the expo.
Dane's Barber Shop staff will be doing haircuts.
A day pass for the expo costs $20, or acces all weekend is $45. Doors will open at noon.