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One of the few things that sets the United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo apart from similar shows is that it offers people the chance to be inked up by artists not only from across the U.S., but the world.

“We bring a lot of international artists to our show that people probably would have never gotten an appointment with,” said Jackie Rubino, who promotes the annual expo alongside her husband, Paul. “And a lot of them do leave time open for walk-ups, so it gives people a chance for some time with one of their favorite artists.”

Those ink stars, about 200 altogether, will be making their way to Queens when the expo takes over Resorts World Casino April 20 to 22.

Just some of the international tattooists scheduled to appear are Anton Avtonomov from Russia, Luis Lopez from Brazil and Uber Derek from Austria.

The full list of artists, along with a link to schedule an appointment for a tattoo, are on the show’s website.

And while the expo might have the word tattoo in its name, it offers visitors much more than just the industry basics.

Permanent makeup artists will be available at the racino, offering people a chance to get the treatment in a safe environment by licensed professionals.

“There are a lot of people who are doing it who shouldn’t be doing it,” Rubino said.

Several seminars will also be held during the weekend, including one on restorative tattooing for those struggling with or recovering from breast cancer. That seminar will instruct people on how to make sure they are receiving safe and effective restorative ink, which, like permanent makeup, must be done by someone trained in the practice.

“We have seen it done in doctors’ offices by nurses who have never tattooed anyone,” Rubino said.

The weekend will also see a number of awards handed out, vendors selling various goods and services and special guest appearances by the band Wolfpack Black and tattooed actor Robert Lasardo.

Works of art will be displayed throughout the racino, with the money raised from them benefiting several nonprofit organizations.

Guests must be 18 or over to attend.

United Ink No Limits Tattoo Expo
 
When: April 20 to 22; Fri. 2 p.m.-12 a.m; Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Where: Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd.
Entry: $25 per day, or $55 for a weekend pass.
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