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Sochi hosts first Russian tattoo fest

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 00:50

A tattoo festival in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi draws ink enthusiasts from around the country. Elly Park reports.

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Tattoo enthusiasts from all over Russia gather in Sochi, to experience the latest and boldest of skin design at the country's first International Tattoo Festival. The two-day event hopes to inject interest in the artform in a country struggling financially because of low global oil prices and Western sanctions. Tattoo artist Vlad explains. SOUNDBITE: Vlad, Tattoo Artist From Krasnodar, saying (Russian): "The problem is very simple and it is connected to the materials we use. In principle, they can be bought everywhere, but because of the drastic change in the dollar rate, prices went up, so did the price of a tattoo session." But for now nobody is feeling the blues. Organizers say some 40 tattoo artist from around 20 Russian cities attended.

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Sochi hosts first Russian tattoo fest

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 00:50