September 3, 2012 | Boston Tattoo Convention at the Sheraton Boston Hotel

The beach isn’t the only place to see some skin this Labor Day. Monday marks the closing day of the 11th annual Boston Tattoo Convention, a four-day fest that’s bringing ink experts and enthusiasts to the Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton Street, Boston, 617.236.2000). The stacked lineup includes performances from Black Cat Burlesque and Inkllusionist, live music and giveaways by the beer-garden stage, seminars, daily contests, and a bevy of vendors and artists ready to trade tat tales, tips, and tricks. Even if you’re new to the world of body art, it should be a fun scene — just don’t expect your ill-conceived spring-break souvenir to win a “Tattoo of the Day” title. Get passes ($20–$65) at