FUN FOR ALL: Tattoo appreciators and rockabilly lovers, be sure to put this one in the diary.
FUN FOR ALL: Tattoo appreciators and rockabilly lovers, be sure to put this one in the diary. Contributed

Roll your sleeves up for tattoo and rockabilly event

AIRLIE Beach institution KC's Bar and Grill will be rolling out the red carpet for people to flaunt their modern works of body art, or tattoos.

The beloved venue, with the help of Majestic Art, will be hosting Airlie Beach's first rockabilly and tattoo show.

Punters are encouraged to don their best rockabilly outfits and to come prepared to exhibit the works of art inked into their skin.

"The whole idea is about getting rid of that horrible stigma surrounding tattoos," said KC's Bar and Grill's marketing coordinator Mel Brookes.

"We want to show everyone that it is actually art, they're walking canvases."

The event kicks off at about 2pm on May 18, and there will plenty on offer for attendees, including live music, competitions and prizes.

For those who think their tattoos are something else, there will be an opportunity to enter a tattoo competition, in either the small tattoo or large tattoo category. 

The best tattoo will be voted by the crowd, making the winners quite literally, crowd favourites. 

Majestic Art owner and tattoo artist Kevin Maxwell has always loved art, and he said his love of art is what propelled him into the industry. 

"Some people like to hang art on their walls and some people like to wear it on their skin," he said.

There will also be a best dressed prize for rockabilly outfits, so everyone is encouraged to go all out.

Prizes include vouchers and merchandise from KC's Bar and Grill, CQ Adventure Flights, BrightEyes Airlie Beach and a three-day pass to Airlie Beach Music Festival.

Ms Brookes said the whole event is aimed at normalising tattoos.

"We wanted to show people in this day and age, everyone can have tattoos. They're a piece of art."

For more information regarding the event, and for the opportunity to win even more prizes, check out KC's Bar and Grill's Facebook page.


WHAT: Rockabilly and Tattoo Show

WHEN: May 18 from 2pm

WHERE: KC's Bar and Grill

COST: Free entry, with normal drink and meal prices.

Some competitions will have an entry fee.