A local tattoo convention brought artists from all over the state to Harker Heights for the ninth straight year Saturday.

The Lowbrow Tattoo Convention, which opened at noon, was back at the Harker Heights Event Center.

David Gutierrez has been putting on the event for all nine years and talked about how the event brings people together.

“Sometimes the tattoo community isn’t all the same. You don’t just walk in and say ‘hey I’m here’, so it’s a good place to network,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez continued with what the event is about.

“It’s mostly about tattoos and good artwork and bringing artists from all over the country that I like to spotlight,” Gutierrez said.

Crissie Falcon, the owner of a barbershop on Clear Creek Road in Killeen, was at the convention to meet new people and show her support for the event.

“I like to come here and show my support and meet new people and try to market out for our barber shop,” Falcon said.

This was Falcon’s third year at the convention.

“I think it’s cool because everybody gets to come together and mingle and meet new people,” Falcon said. “That’s why I do what I do, because I like to meet new people and see what they’re about … but then it’s cool to see everybody else’s art too because I really enjoy art.”

Lacie Erhart and Brielle Whitehair attended the convention to get tattoos. Whitehair enjoyed seeing all of the work.

“I enjoy it; it’s like a different environment. You get to see everybody from all over Texas and everybody has a different style,” Whitehair said. “It’s cool to see everybody’s style.”

The convention continues Sunday from noon until 8 p.m. at the Harker Heights Event Center, 710 Edwards Drive.

General admission is $13, VIP passes are $30. Children age 13 and under are admitted free.

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