2019 Categories 

Saturday May 25th

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

  • Best Blackwork sponsored by Pulse Light Clinic
    Strong presence of black ink, line work, geometric, symmetry.

  • Best Traditional sponsored by Reelskin Ltd
    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 Oriental sponsored by Studio 18 Body Jewellery
    Colour or mono, excellent depiction of oriental, including but not limited to traditional koi and Japanese Oni masks.
    Oriental bodysuits  or sleeves entered into this category will be the only tattoos judged that have not been worked on at the show.

  • Best Colour sponsored by The Aftercare Company
    A strong presence of colour, water colour, vivid tones with impact.

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

Sunday May 26th

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

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

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

  • Best of Sunday sponsored by Central Tattoo Supplies
    Only winners of the Sunday categories will be judged for Best of Sunday. 

  • Best of Convention sponsored by Team Ego Machines
    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.

Rules & Guidelines

  • Only tattoos done at The Great British Tattoo Show are eligible to enter the 2019 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, leg and/or arm sleeves entered into Best Oriental will be the only tattoos judged that have not been worked on at the show.