Hot rods to rev up for tattoo and art festival

HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN: Hot rods will take centrestage at this year’s tattoo festival and, ahead of the event, organiser Brent Taylor checks out a custom-built 1934 Ford coupe, owned by Inglewood woman Delilah Schimanski.
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HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN: Hot rods will take centrestage at this year’s tattoo festival and, ahead of the event, organiser Brent Taylor checks out a custom-built 1934 Ford coupe, owned by Inglewood woman Delilah Schimanski.

Brent Taylor is all revved up about the latest addition to the region's tattoo festival.

Hot rods across the country will be cruising into New Plymouth next month to be a part of the festival's first car show.

In the past, The Mill New Zealand Tattoo and Art Festival has been held every second year but, for the first time, it will now be an annual event.

To celebrate the move event organiser Mr Taylor has launched the Fowler Homes Custom Car Show. There is space for 50 cars to be on display during the two-day event and Mr Taylor said vehicles have already been registered from across the North Island.

"We thought about adding cars to the festival for a couple of years and the timing is right now.

"They really fit in with the tattoo and burlesque scene," he said.

Inglewood woman Delilah Schimanski owns a black custom-built 1934 Ford coupe and has already signed up for the event.

"We've only had her for a week so it will be her first showing to the public," she said.

The car took two years to build and customise and although Ms Schimanski said the vehicle was a member of her family, she had no plans to get it tattooed on her.

"I don't like pain. I won't be getting one at the festival," she said.

Mr Taylor, however, was gearing up for his next tattoo and had already picked American tattooist Jim Silvia to etch a tiger's head on the back of his leg. Silvia is one of 200 tattooists who will be diligently buzzing away during the event.

More than three-quarters of the artists are from overseas and Mr Taylor said the shift to an annual event helped him to secure a really strong lineup of tattoo talent.

"We have great entertainment too. Venus Starr is back and we've got some really good bands playing as well," he said.

Sabina Kelley, the international pinup model and star of television show Best Ink, will also be at the festival.

Mr Taylor said he expected the star would draw the crowds to the event. "She is famous in the scene."

The festival takes place on November 23 and 24 and anyone wanting to enter a car can contact Mr Taylor on brent@nztattooart.com.

Taranaki Daily News