The art of tattooing one’s body is a phenomenon that has been practiced by many cultures for many purposes, starting as early as the Neolithic time period. In ancient Egypt, tattoos were used to mark status, to heal or even to punish. In Paleolithic Japan, tattoos were spiritual and decorative. In 1980s-era Britain, tattoos became a symbol of wealth. Today tattoos are used by the masses for countless reasons — including self-expression, individuality and commemoration. For 12 years, the Alamo City Tattoo Show has been providing professional inkers an opportunity to showcase their art and talents. Organized by and for members of San Antonio’s growing tattoo community, the three-day expo consists of 54 different booths, vendors, contests and more than 40 participating artists. $20-$40, Mar. 31-Apr. 2, noon-10pm Fri-Sat, noon-8pm Sun, Hilton Garden Inn, 8101 Pat Booker Road, (210) 659-6629, alamocitytattoo.com.