Art Gallery

Fine Art Gallery at Hell City Tattoo Fest

Ohio Second Floor Ballroom

If you’ve ever experienced Hell City, you’ll realize that the second floor of the festival is always booming with special events such as live painting, seminars, a tattoo theater and the fine art gallery, the Big Bar on 2, Hellywood and much more! As always, Hell City brings new and exciting events for the artists, collectors, enthusiasts and attendees and, every year, we listen to our artists and attendees as to what they would like to see at the fest. So, at the Columbus festival, we extended the room where the Wet Paint project takes place to create a brand-new second floor ballroom! This new and exciting addition to the second floor ballroom of Hell City now allows us to feature more tattooing as well as a variety of new shopping vendors including body jewelry, tattoo clothing, fine art prints, and various oddities that you won’t find any other tattoo convention!


New at Hell City Killumbus 2018! We’ve expanded our second floor ballroom to host even more extraordinary and talented tattoo artists! This will make 2018 the largest Hell City yet!


From flesh to canvas!

The Hell City Tattoo Festival Fine Art Gallery features many other works of art in various mediums. Works displayed in the fine art gallery are from attending Hell City tattoo artists who showcase their other talents including paintings, sculptures, and flash. Be sure to swing by the Fine Art Gallery to see Hell City artists take their art from flesh to canvas! Come feast your eyes on all of the incredible paintings that will blow your mind!


All weekend we are asking all attending tattoo artists to bring at least one piece of fine art with them to display at the convention. The fine art will be displayed in a gallery area right next to the seminar rooms dedicated to displaying other works of art from attending artists. Artists may sell their artwork or just present it for everyone to see. Artists must provide name tags for each piece of art stating the name of the artist and the studio they are with. Artists that wish to sell their fine art must provide pricing for each piece. Artists also must make sure their art is wired and ready to hang in the gallery. Also, be sure to check out our featured artist gallery openings below!






Derek Hess

Derek Hess’s work has been recognized in both the music and art world for over 20 years. Hess began creating promo flyers for shows in Cleveland, OH. These flyers soon gained the attention of a multitude of bands as well as the Grammy Museum, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Louvre in Paris which he is part of their permanent collections. In addition to countless CD covers and gallery shows all over the world, he has been featured on TLC, MTV, Fuse, VH1, Alternative Press, Newsweek and Juxtapoz to name a few. Recently the award winning documentary ‘Forced Perspective’ was released that chronicled his art, life and struggles with dual diagnosis.


Derek Hess will also be doing signings of his new book “31 Days of May” at Hell City 2018!




Mitch O’Connell

“The Prince of Pop Art”, Mitch O’Connell is a beloved, cherished and respected leader of the “Lowbrow” art movement and one of the greatest illustrators of all time!* Inspired by Pin-ups, hot-rods, comics, sideshows and all things kitsch, cuddly and curvaceous, he takes the vintage and makes it contemporary with his distinctive, eye-popping Pop Art imagery. He’s happy to play nice and follow instructions with illustration assignments for nearly every publication on Earth. Magazine work includes Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, GQ and Playboy! Overnight deadlines met for newspapers include The New York Times, Village Voice, Chicago Tribune and dozens more! He’s been featured in the world of rock ’n’ roll on album covers and posters for groups from The Ramones to Weezer to No Doubt to Moby! Mitch’s doodles are utilized in advertising campaigns for major companies from McDonalds to KFC, 7-11 to Coca-Cola! And when he’s not working with an art director, his fine art paintings have been exhibited in sold-out gallery shows from New York to Berlin, Tokyo to Miami and Hollywood to Mexico City.

His sexy tattoo flash is a fixture on the walls of tattoo shops around the word (and on the bodies of thousands of tattoo lovers) with many of the designs collected in two bestselling books “ Mitch O’Connell Tattoos Volume 1” and “Mitch O’Connell Tattoos Volume 2“!  His newest book, “Mitch O’Connell, the World’s Best Artist by Mitch O’Connell” is a huge career-spanning retrospective look at his art from the age of 3 to now!