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The DC Tattoo Expo is the areas largest tattoo convention. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The DC Tattoo Expo is the area's largest tattoo convention.

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Bijay Shrestha traveled to D.C. from New York to be tattooed by longtime friend and Nepalese tattoo artist Mohan.(WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bijay Shrestha traveled to D.C. from New York to be tattooed by longtime friend and Nepalese tattoo artist Mohan.

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Bijay Shrestha says Nepalese tattoos are defined by their religious and spiritual images, which incorporate Buddhist and Hindu images. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Bijay Shrestha says Nepalese tattoos are defined by their religious and spiritual images, which incorporate Buddhist and Hindu images.

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An outline of Hindu deity Shiva by Nepalese artist Mohan.(WTOPAlicia Lozano)
An outline of Hindu deity Shiva by Nepalese artist Mohan.

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Richmond, Va.- based tattoo artists Charles Berger and Scott Sketo. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Richmond, Va.- based tattoo artists Charles Berger and Scott Sketo.

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Tattoo artist Paul Kirk hard at work. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Tattoo artist Paul Kirk hard at work.

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Prints by Charles Berger.

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Richmond, Va.-based tattoo artist Charles Berger. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Richmond, Va.-based tattoo artist Charles Berger.

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Charles Berger tattoos the side ribcage of a woman. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Charles Berger tattoos the side ribcage of a woman.

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The DC Tattoo Expo brought together more than 160 artists from around the world. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The DC Tattoo Expo brought together more than 160 artists from around the world.

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The DC Tattoo Expo is held Jan. 17 through 19 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City.(WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The DC Tattoo Expo is held Jan. 17 through 19 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City.

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Customers could come in with their own design ideas or have some custom made. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Customers could come in with their own design ideas or have some custom made.

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Tim Fuz Wagle has been in the tattooing business for 18 years. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Tim "Fuz" Wagle has been in the tattooing business for 18 years.

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Halo from Black Lotus Tattoos in Severn, Md. will be on the upcoming season of Ink Master on Spike TV. He is also a testicular cancer survivor, who says that experience prepared him to battle other tattoo artists on the show. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Halo from Black Lotus Tattoos in Severn, Md. will be on the upcoming season of Ink Master on Spike TV. He is also a testicular cancer survivor, who says that experience prepared him to battle other tattoo artists on the show.

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Vendors were also welcome to sell their wares, from handmade jewelry to tattoo ink. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Vendors were also welcome to sell their wares, from handmade jewelry to tattoo ink.

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Jim Clements from Asheville, N.C. traveled to D.C. to be inked by artist Josh Payne. Clements says he has collected 15 tattoos in just over a year. He started with a Phoenix design after he and his wife were robbed and attacked on the street, he says. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Jim Clements from Asheville, N.C. traveled to D.C. to be inked by artist Josh Payne. Clements says he has collected 15 tattoos in just over a year. He started with a Phoenix design after he and his wife were robbed and attacked on the street, he says.

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Tattoo artist Josh Payne says he has been waiting to ink this design, which he calls Redneck Snake on the perfect person. Jim Clements turned out to be that man. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Tattoo artist Josh Payne says he has been waiting to ink this design, which he calls "Redneck Snake" on the perfect person. Jim Clements turned out to be that man.

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Kyle Dunbar was an audience favorite on Ink Master. He says he lost track of how many tattoos he has, but is working toward one, giant, full body design. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Kyle Dunbar was an audience favorite on Ink Master. He says he lost track of how many tattoos he has, but is working toward one, giant, full body design.

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Tattoo artists Kyle Dunbar, left, and Halo, right, flank DC Tattoo Expo emcee and former radio personality Carl Blasphemy. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Tattoo artists Kyle Dunbar, left, and Halo, right, flank DC Tattoo Expo emcee and former radio personality Carl Blasphemy.

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Gabrielle from Zeina on tattoo artist Sarah Millers calf. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Gabrielle from "Zeina" on tattoo artist Sarah Miller's calf.

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Artist Kyle Dunbar tattooed this design on fellow artist Sarah Miller when he was a contestant on Ink Master. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Artist Kyle Dunbar tattooed this design on fellow artist Sarah Miller when he was a contestant on Ink Master.

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The mockingbird from Hunger Games on Sarah Millers arm. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The mockingbird from "Hunger Games" on Sarah Miller's arm.

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A custom design by Sarah Miller. She got her start as an artist while studying graphic design in college. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
A custom design by Sarah Miller. She got her start as an artist while studying graphic design in college.

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Richmond, Va.-based artist Sean Karn tattoos a ram, cougar and turkey on Jimmy Donovan.(WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Richmond, Va.-based artist Sean Karn tattoos a ram, cougar and turkey on Jimmy Donovan.

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Artist Scott Sketo tattoos Boba Fett, a villain in Star Wars. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Artist Scott Sketo tattoos Boba Fett, a villain in "Star Wars."

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Star Wars was a recurring theme at the DC Tattoo Expo. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
"Star Wars" was a recurring theme at the DC Tattoo Expo.

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Scott Sketo works on his Boba Fett design. (VideoAlicia Lozano)
Scott Sketo works on his Boba Fett design.
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The event is expected to attract hundreds of enthusiasts to Crystal City. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
The event is expected to attract hundreds of enthusiasts to Crystal City.

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Tickets are 25 per day and can be purchased at the event. (WTOPAlicia Lozano)
Tickets are $25 per day and can be purchased at the event.

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