Tattoo needles aren’t loud, but the sound of 100 buzzing at once actually drowned out Green Day’s “Basket Case” playing over emo-styled speakers in Vancouver, Wash. last weekend. 

Tatted teens, parents pushing strollers and a bearded man in a top hat who answers to the name “Ink Pimp” took over Vancouver’s Clark County Event Center for a “Body Art Expo” featuring the band Paranapuss and a hot ass contest. The scent of hot dogs and bison jerky wafted majestically through the air as the Ink Pimp emceed a “best back” tattoo contest featuring one otherwise clean-cut middle-aged man with a massive underwater landscape covering half his body. 

As attendees flipped through look books and shared sympathetic looks with fellow human canvases, we took photos.