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

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 2nd February

  • 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 sponsored by Pulse Light Clinic, Laser Tattoo
    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 Pulse Light Clinic, Laser Hair
    A strong presence of colour, water colour, vivid tones with impact.

  • Best of Saturday sponsored by .tattoo
    Only winners of the Saturday categories will be judged for Best of Saturday.

Sunday 3rd February

  • Best Neo-Traditional
    Colour or mono, bold lines, revival of traditional tattoo style.

  • Best Oriental
    Colour or mono, excellent depiction of oriental, including but not limited to traditional koi and Japanese Oni masks.

  • Best Realism sponsored by Pulse Light Clinic, Cool Sculpting
    Colour or mono, portraits, wildlife, hyper realistic detail.

  • Best Black & Grey
    May be a wide variety of subject but must exclusively be black and grey.

  • Best of Sunday sponsored by .tattoo
    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 Tattoo Freeze Hall of Fame.