Tattoo Competition

Details for the London Tattoo Convention Competition Awards

Presented by:
Miki Vialetto

Saturday 13 January 2018 Share this page

The London Tattoo Convention is proud to present the 15th edition of our highly anticipated Tattoo Competition.

The Tattoo Competition Stage will showcase some of the most spectacular tattoo artwork in the world, offering visitors a chance to see the best tattoos created over the course of the convention weekend.

This year special guest judge Mark Mahoney will be flying in from the USA to join Filip Leu, Titine Leu, Tin Tin, Antonio 'Macko' Todisco and Luke Atkinson on the judging panel.

For the second year, the 'People's Choice Award' will allow you the public to vote for your favourite tattoos; with voting taking place during the lead-up to the convention, we can’t wait to find out which tattoo has been crowned the crowd’s favourite!

Always well-attended, the Tattoo Competition is a highlight of the convention, with artists and clients displaying jaw-dropping skin-inked artworks up on stage. Our specialist judges will determine which lucky artists walk away with a coveted prize trophy, created according to convention tradition by silversmiths El Rana. Inspired by religious iconography and featuring genuine 'ex-voto' motifs, these coveted awards will take pride of place in the lucky winner's studios.

Our amazing sponsors Unigloves will once again be supporting our 'Best of Show' award and supplying gloves to all attending artists at the convention. This year, the Best of Show winner will also get to take home a YEAR'S supply of Unigloves products including gloves and sundries! T&C's apply. 

We are pleased to announce the following competition categories for the weekend:


  • Best Black and Grey
  • Best Ornamental
  • Best of Day (for tattoos completed Friday & Saturday at the convention)


  • Best Backpiece/Coverage
  • Best Colour
  • Best Realism
  • Best of Show (for tattoos completed Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the convention)
  • Mark Mahoney’s ‘Best Booth’ Award – Winner Announced
  • The People’s Choice – Winner Announced

Saturday Competition Times

  • Cut off for entry is at 16.00pm
  • Pre-Judging 16.30pm -17.30pm
  • Competition 18.00pm

Sunday Competition Times

  • Cut off for entry is at 14.00pm
  • Pre-Judging 14.30pm -15.00pm
  • Competition 16.30pm

Please note that to enter the competition, your artist must be present to collect their awards (they do not have to be tattooing at The London Tattoo Convention except in the case of 'Best of Day' 'Best of Show' awards, but must be available on site).

Get your Advance Tickets from Kingpin & TicketCo today.