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EXHIBITING TATTOOERS PRICK MOTIFS ONTO LIVING CANVAS

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Art came to life at the Paradiso nightclub as this year's Amsterdam Tattoo Convention got under way, with the only inhibition in evidence a growing concern about AIDS.

Swarms of male and female tattoo-bearers, some half-naked to show off their intricate body art, clustered around tattoo artists creating fire-breathing dragons and Indian chiefs on their living canvases.The convention drew tattooers, tattoo-wearers, camera-bearing voyeurs and the curious from around the world, with one Samoan pricking his customer with traditional parallel line motifs from his South Pacific homeland.

The convention, which opened Monday, is the third organized in the last decade in this tourist Mecca by the 55-member Dutch Union of Tattooers, whose president, Henk Schiffmacher, runs the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum.

"Usually tattoo enthusiasts can only get together in small groups. This is mainly a social event," said Schiffmacher, whose tattoos poured out of his modest T-shirt.

The convention also provided a stage for devotees of more exotic forms of jewelry like nose rings.