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The Crowne Plaza Asheville is a resort unparalleled by any other in the United States! In addition to the 274 spacious guest rooms, this remarkable hotel also offers vacation villas available in studio, one or two bedrooms. Their many unique amenities include indoor/outdoor tennis, 9 holes of golf, a state of the art fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, trails for walking or jogging, zipline canopy adventures, and the Adelaide Spa - all onsite! They also provide complimentary child care for guests.

Founded as a result of a twenty year friendship, Daron James and “Lil” Tommy McCarter are pleased to announce the arrival of Pirate’s Life Productions and The 3rd Annual Asheville Tattoo & Piercing Expo. Coming June 19th – 22nd at The Crowne Plaza Resort/Expo Center, 1 Resort Dr. Asheville NC 28806
. Pirate’s Life Productions was built by the tattoo family for the tattoo family. Founded to provide good times for good people by providing the artists, clients, and the general public with the events they’ve been asking for. Co-founder Daron James is a dedicated member of the tattoo and piercing community along with being the owner of Diamond Thieves Body Piercing & Tattoo in Asheville, NC and has been responsible for the previous two years of the Asheville Tattoo Festival.

Asheville Tattoo & Piercing Expo flyer thumbnail The other half of the equation is “Lil” Tommy McCarter, a tattoo artist from Ace Custom Tattoo in Charlotte, NC is known for his bold custom tattoos and even bolder personality. “Lil” Tommy has been associated with countless tattoo and piercing expos throughout his twenty two years in the industry.With their combined experience and drive Daron and “Lil” Tommy are looking forward to making Pirates Life Productions the premier host for tattoo and piercing events in the southeast. Things to look forward to from Pirate’s Life Productions: The Third Annual Asheville Tattoo & Piercing Expo…New name, New location, Same great show! For more information on this event or to contact Pirates Life Productions email: or call 336-558-4944.

Asheville is one of the most art-fueled cities you’ll ever visit and is overflowing with talented tattooists. The convention will be held in the Crowne Plaza Asheville/Expo Center near downtown Asheville. This unique venue offers 16,600 square feet of exhibition space and accommodates over 1,600 guests , with built in internet connections and complimentary parking on-site for all guests.


A big thanks to our vendor Appalachian Metal Works out of Candler, NC. They are the official award maker for the 1st Annual Asheville Tattoo & Piercing Expo.

Give them a call at 828.633.6169.

Check out their Handcrafted Distillation Equipment


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• 90 vendor, sponsor and artist booths featuring top national and local artists and vendors

• Local and national bands

• Seminars

• Tattoo competitions

• After parties

• On-site zip line park and canopy adventures

• Art fusion - auction proceeds to benefit a local charity

• Children’s’ activities and kids art fusion

• Burlesque shows

• Thursday night artist reception party

Things to do in Asheville:
Asheville has been named one of 12 must-see travel destinations in the world by Forder’s travel guides. We’ve arranged with the hotel to have the discounted room rate starting on a week before and a week after the convention so you can take a vacation before the fun begins. Here are some things you won’t want to miss:

Downtown Asheville:
• Eat in one of more than 250 independent restaurants
• Asheville has more microbreweries per capita than any other city; see why we’re “Beer City USA” or try our new micro distillery for some genuine, legal moonshine
• Visit the River Arts District and tour the dozens of local art galleries
• Catch a show at The Orange Peel - named one of the country’s best rock clubs by Rolling Stone
• Visit the Biltmore Estate, see the nation’s largest home and tour the winery
• Explore the local shops
• Catch a play, tour a museum or check out one of the local festivals

Outdoor activities:
• Drive or bike on the Blue Ridge Parkway - be sure to visit the Folk Art Center
• Kayak on the French Broad River
• Hike the trails on more than 1.1 million acres of National Forest
• Go rock climbing in the Blue Ridge mountains
• Visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center
• Take a horseback ride in Pisgah National Forest
• Try fly fishing on one of hundreds of local creeks and rivers

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