Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Con Review
“I wanna ROCK!” and the promise of seeing Dee Snider is what spurred the trip to Nashville TN to attend this 9 year old convention. The drive from Atlanta, with a stop in Chattanooga to pick up a fellow Horror, Tattoo and Dee fan, was uneventful. I had forgotten about the time change; so we actually arrived an hour before the doors opened on that Friday. So we ate and started posting about our trip thus far. Our goal was to meet Dee Snider, who would only be at the convention Friday and Saturday. Everything else was frosting.
The convention was held in a Marriott and consisted of two vendor rooms, a huge tattoo room, and a film room. The tattoo area was connected by a covered outside patio with chairs and tables. This was a great place for fans to relax, show off their new tatts and just people watch. A local radio station sponsoring the festival was setup and airing a live broadcast. There were beverage and food carts too.
Friday, as expected, did not start getting busy till later in the evening. This meant that we could browse and chat with guests and vendors without all the crowds. The vendor rooms had a combination of guest and dealers. Most of the items for sale were of or about the horror genre. You could get art, books, DVDs etc. The guests ranged from rockers like Dee Snider, with movies in the horror category, to horror actors Bill Moseley, Terrance Zdnuich, Scout Taylor-Comptom and Ken Foree to production companies like Flickering Candle plus more. Classic and new horror movies ran through out the weekend. And the best part, an introduction to each movie was given by one of the guests. Q&A followed then the movie.
The tattoo room was actually in an adjoining building. The room was jumping. The artists were setup against each wall and then in the middle. Although a bit close due to the number of artists, on Friday at least you could maneuver around with ease. Many fans were getting new ink while you watched.
Saturday was jammed pack with fans. Unfortunately due to the storm, the hotel did lose power for a time and the festival was at a halt until the power was back. But, all in all, the Festival was a win! It was worth the trip if you are a Horror fan. Or, as in our case, a Dee Snider fan. I would definitely return in 2011.