Sue, again. Tattoo conventions, in general, are a lot like playing the away game in team sports. It’s not your usual field, things are familiar yet different, and you probably left something at home that you’d intended to bring. However, even at the away game, you’re still playing with your home team, and in the end, you’re just as likely to have a really great time playing. We’ve definitely had a fabulous time playing this weekend in Boston. This year’s convention was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and colleagues, and we’ve had the good fortune to meet some really nice people and talk with prospective clients.

I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to the degree to which I enjoy coincidence. Without giving you too big of a window into my psyche (I wouldn’t want to frighten you, after all), I will admit that I see the small, everyday coincidences and patterns that tend to pop-up in life as sign posts that are letting me know I’m in the right place, literally and figuratively. It’s oddly comforting. This morning, for instance, we decided to return to Trident for our last Boston meal, and lo and behold, what was playing on the TV above the counter? Oh, how about this:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Trident

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For those of you playing along at home who are having difficulty making out my blurry photo, it’s the scene with Jennifer Grey and Charlie Sheen (as the unnamed guy in police station) from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – the very scene I linked to in yesterday’s blog post about the Boston Convention and our first meal at Trident! [Not to digress too much further down this particular rabbit hole, but as I was Googling “Charlie Sheen” to find an appropriate link to insert into that last sentence, I discovered that today is actually Charlie Sheen’s birthday. Weird. Weird coincidence, and truthfully, a little weird that he’s actually made it to 47, given his many antics.]

Okay, back to the convention. That’s what you’re here for, after all. Phuc’s been hard at work all day, first in plugging away at another back piece and now, as I write, working on a sweet forearm tattoo of a lumberjack pin-up. I’m sure he’ll unveil a photo of the finished piece in a few days. In the meantime, please enjoy a few more ambient photos from the convention…

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Sue, here. Welcome to Day Three of the Boston Tattoo Convention! “What happened to Sue and Phuc’s detailed posts about Day One and Day Two?” you ask. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the interweb, but I’m here now to bring you fully up to date on everything you’ve missed if you’ve chosen to avoid the busiest moving weekend in the Boston year.

We actually arrived on Thursday evening to give ourselves the opportunity for a leisurely pre-game on Friday morning, and I’m so glad we did. We enjoyed a delicious brunch at Trident, an independently owned bookstore and café on Newbury Street. I highly recommend it. They offer great food, super friendly service, and who wouldn’t want to support one of Boston’s local indies?! As if that’s not enough, as the icing on the cake, they were playing Star Wars on the tv right in front of us. Win! Win! Win! Win! (If I’m counting correctly, that’s more wins than Charlie Sheen. Take that, unnamed guy in police station!)

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But I digress.

Once the convention got rolling on Friday afternoon, Phuc worked on two on-going projects: a back piece and a sleeve.

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On Saturday, Phuc and I had to cut out to attend to some very important business. “What could possibly be more important than working on the busiest day of what will likely be the only convention you attend this year?” you wonder. Well, this:

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We were incredibly fortunate to have our highly talented and super friendly client, Angela, running back-up at our booth all day. Thank you, Angela!  And, ladies, do check out Angela’s kickass clothing line: Mode Merr. You won’t be disappointed!

And now we’re back, Sunday is underway, and we will update you with more tattooey goodness from Beantown as the day progresses. In the meantime, please enjoy a few more images of the weekend so far…

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