Photos: Portraits of the Inked at the 2013 Tattoo Convention

Heather Moss at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention, which runs from Feb. 8-10, 2013 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. ( Hillary Petrozziello / Staff Photographer )

The reasoning behind the ink is always a question that comes to mind when hearing the word "tattoo". This past weekend at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention 2013, attendees showed off their freshest ink and a few of them even opened up about the stories behind their favorite pieces and the countless hours and dollars that went into their artworks.