faq

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their applicable answers for all Artists, Vendors and Attendees.
Tickets

At the door pricing:

  • SINGLE DAY PASS (valid Friday, Saturday OR Sunday) $25.00
  • SINGLE DAY PASS FOR MILITARY (w/valid ID) $15.00
CAN TICKETS BE MAILED TO ME?

No, you will receive your ticket with barcode via the email you provided when purchasing through Universe. Have your ticket ready on your mobile device, or printed out to have scanned at the door to receive your SDTI wristband.

HOW DO I GET TATTOOED AT THE INVITATIONAL?

To get tattooed at the convention, log in to our website and navigate to the Artists page for you will a list of artists attending our show. Click on the artist name of your choice and you will be directed to their website or social media, to contact them directly to schedule your appointment.

Walk-up clients will be handled as time permits.

HOW MUCH ARE TATTOOS?

The cost of a tattoo is completely and totally up to each individual artist. We do not give out price quotes for tattoos. Please contact an artist!

WILL THERE BE FOOD & DRINKS AT THE INVITATIONAL?

Yes, there will be concessions for purchase. There will also be cash bars serving soft drinks, beer and cocktails throughout the show hours. We promote safe and responsible drinking so please bring a positive mindset as this is a family-friendly event. Must be 21+ with valid photo ID to consume alcohol at the event.

How much is parking?

Event Parking at the fairgrounds is $15 per day.

What are the convention hours?

Our days run around 7-10 hours per day. You are welcome to stay as long or as little as you like. We will have exhibitors, entertainment and other activities that should keep you around awhile. On average, most people stay 4-6 hours.

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Friday: 2:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-7:00pm

WILL THERE BE ACTUAL LIVE TATTOOING & PIERCING AT THIS INVITATIONAL?

There will be LIVE Tattooing, however, NO piercing at this year’s show. You will experience the BEST tattoo artists from around the world all in one place, at the San Diego Tattoo Invitational.

Are there tattoo contests?

Yes! Register your tattoo for $10, cash, at the registration booth. For additional information, visit Tattoo Contest Information

WILL THERE BE VENDORS TO PURCHASE THINGS?

Yes, as this is a Tattoo & Art show you will find clothing vendors, painters, paintings, jewelry and many other items at our Invitational.

DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE INVITATIONAL?

Yes! Visit our Volunteer Information page to learn more.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED AT THE INVITATIONAL?
  • Patches or Colors or Gang Affiliated Clothing
  • Knives / Weapons Etc.
  • Smoking inside the Concourse (smoking outside the Concourse only)
  • Outside Food & Beverages
  • Refunds or Exchanges
  • In and Out Privileges
  • Professional Cameras unless approved by SDTI
  • Pets unless registered service animal w/papers
  • Drugs & Drug Paraphernalia
WHAT IS ALLOWED AT THE INVITATIONAL?
  • Cell Phones
  • Smoking Outside the Concourse
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Ages 17 & Under Free
  • Fanny Packs
  • Cameras (digital, disposable or film)
  • Hats, Beanies, Headwear (non-gang affiliated)
  • Positive attitudes!