Saturday is a Tattoo only day, aimed at the tattoo collector and enthusiast!
All the below entertainment will only be available on the Sunday.
Sunday we'll have a range of entertainment to keep the entire family entertained, keep an eye on this page for full details as we add them below.
Your Tattoo Freeze ticket gives you unlimited access for both days including access to our sister show Camper Mart where VW Campers are displayed.
Skin Deep Tattoo Competitions
Fiercely contested, forever popular and the high point of any tattoo convention, the Tattoo Contests will be returning once more over the weekend.
The weekend offers artists and clients the chance to enter, giving our esteemed panel of judges the incredibly hard task of choosing a winner.
Gunning for one of our coveted awards?
Make sure you’ve got your timings down and don't miss out - judging takes place on the main stage.
If you have any questions about judging, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rules & Guidelines:
Only tattoos done at the convention can enter the awards*
- All entrants must be registered to enter. Registration forms can be found at the info stand.
- Tattoos can only be entered into one category.
- The winners from both days will be entered into the Best of Convention category on Sunday.
- No tattoo studio/artists T-shirts to be worn in front of the judges.
- Judges will not be made aware of any artist’s studio or identity.
- Judging will take place on stage in the Arena on the ground floor.
*Oriental bodysuits entered into Best Oriental will be the only tattoos judged that have not been worked on at the show.
Saturday 13th January
- Best Avant-Garde sponsored by Studio 18 Body Jewellery Ltd
Colour or mono, abstract, distorted reality, brushwork, expressionist, line work, geometric and experimental.
- Best Blackwork
Strong presence of black ink, line work, geometric, symmetry.
- Best Traditional
Colour or mono, defined by the presence of a long-established, traditional tattoo. Includes but is not limited to traditional depictions of the nautical, gypsy, roses etc.
- Best Colour sponsored by Radiant Colours
A strong presence of colour, water colour, vivid tones with impact.
- Best of Saturday
Only winners of the Saturday categories will be judged for Best of Saturday.
Sunday 14th January
- Best Neo-Traditional sponsored by Butterluxe
Colour or mono, bold lines, revival of traditional tattoo style.
- Best Oriental sponsored by Pulse Light Clinic
Colour or mono, excellent depiction of oriental, including but not limited to traditional koi and Japanese Oni masks.
- Best Realism sponsored by City Hair Removal
Colour or mono, portraits, wildlife, hyper realistic detail.
- Best Black & Grey sponsored by Radiant Colours
May be a wide variety of subject but must exclusively be black and grey.
- Best of Sunday
Only winners of the Sunday categories will be judged for Best of Sunday.
- Best of Convention sponsored by Jungle Tattoo Supplies
Self explanatory - your tattoo is the victor of all and may take it's rightful throne in the Great British Tattoo Show's Hall of Fame.
Take part in building a giant robot with Gizmobots!
Join Mark on Sunday at Tattoo Freeze and help build a huge, mechanical robot!
Gizmobots are found object robots that start life as finds from skips, second hands shops, car boot sales and scrap yards. Each robot is carefully crafted with love and care to create a totally unique robot brimming with personality.
Mark will be running a workshop on Sunday at Tattoo Freeze, for our visitors to be involved in building a giant versions of these colourful chaps! Be sure to have a go and get involved and if you fancy taking your own robot home, be sure to visit Mark's trade stand!
The circus is coming to town!
Get the whole family involved and start clowning around at Tattoo Freeze with professor Elmo and his Panic Family Circus.
With a long list of activities including traditional u Punch & Judy, circus skill workshops as well as educations shows, there is something for the whole family to enjoy!
The circus only rolls into town on the Sunday of Tattoo Freeze, so be sure to visit!
Join professional BMX stuntman Matti Hemmings and learn cool and exciting tricks!
Matti Hemmings is a Professional Flatland BMX rider and 3 x Guinness world Record holder. He compete's in international competitions, plan and host extreme sports events and perform shows at the highest level all over the world.
He'll be coming to Tattoo Freeze on Sunday to not only show off his skills, but teach you some too! Make sure you go and get involved!
Spot On Caricatures
Walk away with your own original from our resident caricaturist, George!
George will be at the show on Sunday offering all our visitors a one of a kind, personalised caricature!
Caricaturist to the stars, George has gained a celebrity following, having been commissioned by Lal Hardy, Amanda Holden and Brad Pitt!
It's no wonder he's known as 'Caricaturist to the Stars!'
Make sure you pop along and get a genuine George original to hang on your wall at home!
Be charmed on arrival by Julius the 10ft python and his wonderful handler, Fenya!
Grab a photo with Julius, the friendliest snake in town and his stunning handler, Fenya.
The pair will be walking around the show on Sunday, so be sure to slither in say hi!
Scalextric Rally Challenge
Can you top the leaderboard?
Coming to Tattoo Freeze the WSR Scalextric Rally Challenge with its technical infield, drift corners, Goodwood chicane, a flyover and fast straights. It's a highly addictive competitive time trail where competitors compete for the fastest lap to take the title... It's all about the LEADERBOARD!
The first 12 laps are recorded on the board, then it's a knockout competition with the fastest laps replacing the slowest lap times. All lap times are recorded electronically. We run a PA system commentating on real time co-pilot navigational tips like a real rally car.
Certificates are awarded for the top 12 fastest laps and a prize given to the winner. Every competitor gets their best lap time recorded on a sticker.
It's not just your skin that gets inked at Tattoo Freeze!
We're thrilled to welcome the awesomely talented Peter from Cartooniez to the show.
Peter will be giving the Jazz Events VW Crafter a brand new look at the show, covering it in doodles, cartoons and whatever his mind can think of!
We can't wait to see our brand new tattooed van, ready to take to our 2018 conventions!
Felt and Fibre Workshops
Join Emma from Ffolky Ffelt and learn more about felt and fibre crafting!
You'll be able to create your own masterpiece, be it a landscape or a creature for you to take home!
Emma will be offering the chance to learn, make and create one of a kind, unique pieces for you to enjoy. Emma uses traditional techniques such as wet felting, and more modern methods of needle
felting, often combining the two. All of her creations are lovingly hand-crafted in her studio using a variety of designs, with many being personal commissions. Due to the handmade nature of my work, each piece will be unique.
Be sure to visit her stall and book in, we're sure it's going to be a popular workshop!
For those looking for something a little less permanent...
Our wonderful resident face and body paint artists are back!
Less painful and not quite as permanent, for those not ready to take the plunge into tattooing, we'll have face and body painting!
The super talented team from Rainbow Faces return on Sunday, creating some incredibly colourful creations at Tattoo Freeze.
Suitable for all children (and adults!), take a trip over to Rainbow Faces' stall and get colourful.
You'll also find a whole world of creative artwork, with their artists working tirelessly to create real life works of art on humans!
Be sure to watch their creations transform throughout the day.
Remember! Saturday is a tattoo only day aimed at the tattoo and industry enthusiast!
All other entertainment including that above will only be available on the Sunday of Tattoo Freeze.