Evergreen Tattoo Invitational: 'I believe in getting something because you love the art'

      EUGENE, Ore. -- The best tattoo artists from across the globe gathered at the Willamalane Center in Springfield this weekend for the inaugural Evergreen Tattoo Invitational.

      The event was a big draw for ink fans. Kirk Flannigan drove from Portland to add to his body art collection.

      "I knew Jason Dunn was going to be here. I scheduled with him as soon as I found out he was going to be here, and drove out," said Flannigan.

      Most people get tattoos because they hold meaning.

      Kirk's father died in 2011. His new tattoo of a skull and lotus are to remind him of his dad.

      "How fleeting life can be. A little reminder of mortality I guess," said Kirk.

      One of the dozens of artists filling the Willamalane Center was Joey Hamilton, winner of the reality show Ink Masters.

      "I believe in getting something because you love the art and because you love that thing. But that's just me," Hamilton said.

      He feels that much of the tattoo world is changing, as artists explore how they use skin as a canvas.

      "People who go to college and get the art degrees are coming in to tattooing, so that's changing how tattoos look," said Hamilton.

      The Evergreen Tattoo Invitational continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, tickets are $10 for the day.