Fiercely contested, forever popular and the high point of any tattoo convention, the Tattoo Contests will be returning once more to The Great British Tattoo Show.

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 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.

2017 Categories 

Saturday May 27th

  • Best Oriental sponsored by C&P Medical
    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 Traditional sponsored by F1030 Tattoo Aftercare
    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 Blackwork sponsored by Pulse Light Clinic
    Strong presence of black ink, line work, geometric, symmetry.

  • Best Colour sponsored by City Tattoo Removal 
    A strong presence of colour, water colour, vivid tones with impact.

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

Sunday May 28th

  • Best Neo-Traditional sponsored by Skin Renew London Ltd
    Colour or mono, bold lines, revival of traditional tattoo style.

  • Best Avant Garde sponsored by Skin Deep Magazine 
    Colour or mono, abstract, distorted reality, brushwork, expressionist, line work, geometric and experimental.

  • Best Black & Grey sponsored by Carter Gore Jewellery 
    May be a wide variety of subject but must exclusively be black and grey.

  • Best Realism sponsored by Big Dogs Tattoo Furniture
    Colour or mono, portraits, wildlife, hyper realistic detail.

  • Best of Sunday sponsored by Studio 18 Body Jewellery Ltd
    Only winners of the Sunday categories will be judged for Best of Sunday. 

  • Best of Convention sponsored by Butterluxe
    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.