MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CBS) -- Hundreds of tattoo enthusiasts gathered in Mexico City's World Trade Center on Saturday (August 4) for the second day of the city's Tattoo Art Mex 2012 convention.
The convention, which brings together dozens of Mexico City tattoo artists, also showcased body modification, body painting and graffiti, as well as live music and displays of colorfully decorated cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Dozens of people on Saturday were at the convention getting new tattoos, modifying old ones, or merely showing off the ones they already have.
Danae Ayala, a heavily tattooed model from Austin, Texas, said her interest in tattoos began as a young girl and bloomed as she got older.
"Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew what I would look like. Every time I drew a picture of myself, I was always covered in tattoos and piercings. I think it started with my mother, because I watched her get a tattoo on her stomach when I was very little, like five I think. Since then, I've been completely fascinated. I got my first tattoo when I was 18 and it just kind of ignited a fire within me, and I can't stop," she said.
Among those expected to attend the convention is Maria Jose Cristerna, Mexico's famed "Vampire Woman", who is covered in tattoos and has added dental fangs, titanium horn implants and over thirty piercing to her body.
Event organizers expect 20,000 people to visit the convention before it ends on Sunday (August 5).