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Titanic tattoo convention takes place in Belfast

Media captionArtists from all over Europe are in Belfast for the Titanic International Tattoo Convention.

More than 100 years after the Titanic ship sank, the famous ship is still making its mark - on tattoo artists.

Since the recent centenary of the ship's 1912 demise, Titanic tattoos have suddenly become popular.

This weekend, an international tattoo convention is being held at the Titanic Visitor Centre in Belfast.

Among those taking part is John Pollock, 31, from Newtownabbey, County Antrim, who is getting his back completely covered in Titanic symbols.

Image caption Mr Pollock's new tattoo includes the famous ship, the Titanic Belfast building, the original Harland and Wolff drawing offices and the shipyard's iconic cranes

He said: "It's a composition piece with various elements from the original drawing offices, to the Titanic Belfast building, to the cranes, to a Harland and Wolff badge.

"I wanted to go big with it. At the end of the day, I love tattoos, I love Titanic and I love art."

By the time it is finished, Mr Pollock's tattoo is expected to take more than 30 hours to create, and cost £1,400.

Image caption Marcello Cestra has a scene tattooed across his chest from the blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

The three-day tattoo convention has attracted artists from across Europe including Scandinavia, France, Poland and Hungary.

A large number of old and new designs from around the world are being showcased, not just Titanic tattoos.

Italian brothers Marcello and Marco Cestra came from Rome to attend the event.

Marcello Cestra already has a large Titanic-themed tattoo - a scene across his chest from the blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

He said: "We saw the movie for the first time together and from that moment we loved that story."

The tattoo centres on the romance of the movie.

The focus is on the inking, rather than the sinking of Titanic.

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