Besides the roguish atmosphere, we love the New York City Tattoo Convention because event organizers feel the need to post signs reading: "Nudity or disrobing is permitted ONLY in Designated Photo Areas."

We weren't the only ones drawn to the 11th annual event. Skin artists from as far away as Belgium, Brazil and China, as well as Big Apple locals, recently made the Roseland Ballroom a rousing celebration of needle-poked flesh.

Here are a few sights from the NYC Tattoo Convention and its best tat contests:

New York City Tattoo Convention

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

    Keith Morrison/Sasha Preziosa

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