Rules & Guidelines

  • Only tattoos done at The Great British Tattoo Show are eligible to enter the 2017 awards*
  • All 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.

2018 Categories 

Saturday May 26th

  • Best Avant Garde
    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 Directions Hair Colour by La Riche Ltd
    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 May 27th

  • 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.
    Oriental bodysuits entered into this category will be the only tattoos judged that have not been worked on at the show.

  • Best Realism 
    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
    Only winners of the Sunday categories will be judged for Best of Sunday. 

  • Best of Convention
    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.