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Sara Rose Andrew of Brooklyn with peacock feathers (Credit: Barbara Alper )

Sara Rose Andrew of Brooklyn with peacock feathers on one arm, an octopus on the other — reminders of important times and places in her life. (July 28, 2012)

What They're Wearing: United Ink

It was all about showing off the ink at the Long Island Tattoo and Body Art Expo held recently at Nassau Coliseum.

Alicia Wallace of Beaumont, Texas, shows off her
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Alicia Wallace of Beaumont, Texas, shows off her tattoos. (July 28, 2012)

Roller Rebel Erika Fortner of Brooklyn has an
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Roller Rebel Erika Fortner of Brooklyn has an array of tattoos, including a rabbit with antlers. (July 28, 2012)

Star Santiago from Manhattan attends the United Ink
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Star Santiago from Manhattan attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012) Photo by Barbara Alper

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Aubrey Trevino of Beaumont, Texas, attends the United
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Aubrey Trevino of Beaumont, Texas, attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012)

A tattooed motorcycle at the United Ink Tattoo
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A tattooed motorcycle at the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum. (July 28, 2012)

Erika Fortner from Brooklyn, one of the
(Credit: Barbara Alper )

Erika Fortner from Brooklyn, one of the "Roller Rebels", attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012)

Eva Chen of Queens with her tattoo of
(Credit: Barbara Alper )

Eva Chen of Queens with her tattoo of a geisha putting on makeup. (July 28, 2012)

Cat Cummings from Setauket attends the United Ink
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Cat Cummings from Setauket attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012)

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Nicole Clinton of Boston remembers her grandmother sewing
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Nicole Clinton of Boston remembers her grandmother sewing on an old Singer machine, thus this intricate tattoo. (July 28, 2012)

Carolyn Braband from Mineola attends the United Ink
(Credit: Barbara Alper )

Carolyn Braband from Mineola attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012)

Leah Jung from Albany attends the United Ink
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Leah Jung from Albany attends the United Ink Tattoo Expo at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. (July 28, 2012)

Sara Rose Andrew of Brooklyn with peacock feathers
(Credit: Barbara Alper )

Sara Rose Andrew of Brooklyn with peacock feathers on one arm, an octopus on the other — reminders of important times and places in her life. (July 28, 2012)

A sweet sentiment, a remembrance of her late
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A sweet sentiment, a remembrance of her late cousin and friend, on the foot of Keri DeAngelo of Kings Park. (July 28, 2012)

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Yanira Araujo of Ronkonkoma has a tattoo that
(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Yanira Araujo of Ronkonkoma has a tattoo that represents her love for New York City, featuring the late singer Aaliyah as her own Miss Liberty. (July 28, 2012)

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