Tattoo expo organisers apologise for half-nude incident

Participants watching a model showing off her tattoos at the 2019 Tattoo Malaysia Expo in Kuala Lumpur. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The organisers of an international tattoo convention in Kuala Lumpur have taken full responsibility for the uproar after photos of half-naked models at the event went viral.

The Tattoo Malaysia Expo 2019, held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre last weekend, was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a semi-nude incident during the competition portion of the event quickly spread on social media.

Blackout Trading today issued a statement taking “full responsibility and accountability for the inconvenience caused”, vowing that it would not happen again.

“We now only ask for forgiveness for us to set things right and fix what can be fixed,” said Blackout.

“Rest assured, history shall not repeat itself as we have learned from our mistakes and we will only come back stronger.”

The expo was the fourth of its kind following the Sabah International Tattoo and Culture Convention in 2015 and the Sabah International Tattoo Conventions in 2016 and 2017.

Supported by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) – an agency under the tourism, arts and culture ministry – the expo was attended by participants from 35 countries.

The ministry has already asked for a full report from MyCEB and promised legal action if any of the conditions for organising the expo were not met.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi previously said that the event breached Malaysian norms and that the ministry would not have approved an application with any obscene elements in it.

Stressing that the ministry and MyCEB should not be blamed for the incident, Blackout admitted they failed to provide full disclosure on the activities happening during their event.

“Despite the shortcoming from our end, we understand that it does not, and will not, amount to a defence,” said Blackout.

“We will respect the decision made by the ministry and MyCEB and will accept the consequences of our lack of disclosure.”