The Hyatt Regency of Miami becomes a much more colorful place on the weekend of June 14, when talented tattoo artists and their fans swarm the hotel for TattooLaPalooza. Attendees can bob and weave through a plethora of booths to pick up samples and check out the vendors' various merchandise, such as Hush numbing gel and After Ink lotions. Meanwhile, to the delight of viewers, tattoo artists from across the country will proudly show off their talents on the bodies of eager fans, decorating them with everything from intricate portraits to simple mottos like, "You don't own me, Mom."
Though most visit the festival specifically to get inked by their favorite artist or an artist that impresses them on the spot, TattooLaPalooza offers a range of events for everyone in attendance, such as seminars, live art shows, and plenty of drinks and snacks. Each day of the convention will also feature contests in various categories, such as leg, sleeve, traditional, and even worst tattoo.
The talented florists at The Flower Shoppe and Things pass on the skills necessary to forge eye-catching arrangements during floral-design classes. Blossom newbies acquaint themselves with a variety of blooms from around the world before gleaning tips on how to make flower displays look as vibrant and fresh as a peacock in a rap video. The hands-on workshop bolsters a laid-back, intimate setting with class sizes limited to 10 students and includes all necessary flowers and materials. For an additional cost, participants can upgrade their class so they can choose their own colors, flower types, and vases to match home decorations or to make meat lockers appear homier.
The friendly sleep specialists at Brickell Mattress help to match slumberers to the mattresses that best meet their individual needs. On arrival at the store, customers can relax in the coffee lounge and read up on all the latest celebrity-mattress news, compliments of the store's free WiFi. Brickell’s knowledgeable, bilingual staff—all of whom have five or more years of mattress-matching experience—then whisk patrons about the showroom, showing off the extensive selection of memory-foam, latex-foam, water, and air mattresses. Additionally, customers enjoy a 30-day comfort guarantee that ensures if a mattress is not satisfactory, it can be exchanged for different model with no questions asked.
Lifestyle Luxury Rentals' exotic fleet of Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Maseratis, and Ferraris blow busted jalopies off the road with precision engineering and sleek European designs. Drivers grab the wheel of one of from four upscale cars for their 90-minute joyride, whisking from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds in the cockpit of the Maserati Gran Turismo or replacing imprecise garage-band drummers with the rumbling beats of the Bentley GT’s 12-cylinder, 6-liter twin turbocharged engine. Customers can cut through quotidian traffic at the helm of a Ferrari F430, or kiss corners within a head-turning Lamborghini Gallardo. After the joy ride, drivers receive a free T-shirt as they beat back adrenaline-fueled hunger and resumes from aspiring pit crews during an Italian lunch buffet at Grazie.
The Miami Wine & Food Festival shares a litany of libations and local eats with curious sommeliers and gourmands. The chic, outdoor Taste & Toast event introduces gustatory glands to wines from around the world. As taste buds hobnob with fruit and oak notes, guests intermingle with one another while snacking on gourmet treats from local restaurants and listening to the bluesy sound of the Jay Blues Band. Winesplorers can stick around after the tasting for a Glenfiddich “Music to Drink Whiskey By” after-party at 9 p.m., where a DJ and whiskey-tamer rest on hand to answer questions and dispel myths about using whiskey as cologne.