Randy Pizza Candy, 40, gets himself tattooed every time he travels, he says. He legally changed his middle and last names to "Pizza Candy" because he wanted his son, Vlad Dracula, to carry those names too. Credit: Pat Nabong

Tattoos, because of what they stand for, are more than just skin deep. People are often cautious about what they choose to put on their bodies forever. But that doesn’t stop them from getting inked with creative, fascinating, and sometimes outrageous designs.

Last weekend, more than 5,000 tattoo enthusiasts and artists from the U.S., Asia, Europe, and South America gathered in Rosemont for the tenth Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention, which organizers say is the largest event of its kind in the country. v

The Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention is in its tenth year.Credit: Pat Nabong