All categories are shown in judging order, all submissions have to be in by 3pm and judging will start at 5:00pm
Awards ceremonies will commence at approximately 7:00pm each evening.
Awards will be in the same order apart from Best of Show (as voted by the public) and Best of Show, with Best of Show being awarded to close the convention.
Judged and awarded Saturday
Best Small Black and Grey
Best Small Colour
Best Old School / New School
Best of Saturday
Judged and awarded Sunday
Best Healed Tattoo
Best Large Colour
Best Large Black and Grey
Best Female Composition
Best Large Tattoo Piece
Best of Sunday
Best of Show
Best of Show – as voted by the public
Rules of submission:
A) Tattoos done before the Convention can be submitted to ONE category only - ‘BEST HEALED TATTOO’ they cannot be entered into the Best of Day or Best of Show categories.
B) Tattoos done at the Tatcon convention can only be submitted to ONE category this does not include Best of Day or Best of Show.
C) We will only accept entries, for any category, from artists/studios that are attending the convention in a working capacity with their own booth. We will not accept entries of any kind from artists not attending the convention.
D) While submitting your entry you must complete and return the registration form, (before time stated on the form) supplied on the day. You will receive a number, and only that number will be announced to the judging panel, and to the public.
E) It is the artists’ responsibility to ensure work is entered in the correct category; any submissions that do not fall within rules will not be scored by judging panel. Judges decision on this is final.
F) For all submissions into any category the model must be available for judging at judging time, pictures will not be accepted.
G) Qualifying conditions for Best of Show and Best of Day categories: Must be done at this year’s convention, and model MUST attend judging.
Best Small Black & Grey Black and grey tattoos which are no bigger than A4 size. A slight excess of this size (2 -3 cm) will not be reason for disqualification of the tattoo. Far bigger works will not be looked at, black and grey is strictly limited to black, white and all the opaque greys in-between strictly no colour will be allowed.
Best Small Colour This category is for colour tattoos no bigger than A4 size. A slight excess of this size (2 -3 cm) will not be reason for disqualification of the tattoo.
Best Old School / New School When choosing the best works in this category, the attention will be paid especially to the technical matters. Of course the idea is also important. Works can be of any size. Best Apprentice Applicants need to be licensed no longer than 3 years and have no previous convention awards.
Best Blackwork This category is intended for artists who represent dotwork, art brut, neotribal styles and of course this one is related to traditional ethnic tattoos. Best Portrait Colour or black and grey any size.
Best Healed Tattoo A healed tattoo submitted by an attending artist, model must be present for judging.
Best Large Colour Colourful tattoos will be judged here and must be larger than A4 Best Large Black & Grey Black and grey tattoos, bigger than A4 size.
Black and grey is strictly limited to black, white and all the opaque greys in- between, strictly no colour will be allowed.
Best Female composition A category for women. The tattoos will be judged how they fit to a woman’s anatomy, composition and placing. Technical and artistic matters are also important here but the priority is composition, the overall impression and not just a single tattoo.
Best Large Tattoo Piece Back piece / Chest piece / Sleeve / Full body suit
Best of Show Any piece done at the Blackpool Convention can be entered into Best of Show. As best of show is judged on the Sunday, Tatcon Blackpool will submit photos of all category placed work (1 st, 2 nd & 3 rd ) from Saturdays competitions.
Best of Show as voted by public Best of Show as voted by public will only be judged on qualifying entries into the Best of Show category. Best of Saturday and Best of Sunday (Done on the day and awarded on each day) Tattoos must be done on the respective days during the convention. It is allowed to do outlines first. It is not allowed to “touch up” old tattoos or finish old existing work.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your entry is entered into the correct category(s) and your model is present with the relevant ticket and on time for judging. Judging begins at 5pm and categories will be called in order, listen out for the announcements If you miss your category your entry will not be able to be judged
Below are notes that you should consider for your own benefit
Insurance: Exhibitors are reminded of the need to consult their own Insurance Company or Insurance Broker to cover themselves fully against all risks at the Exhibition.
Particular attention is drawn to the need for the following:
Abandonment insurance: Exhibitors should note that the Organisers are not obliged to return any monies paid for the space in the event of the Exhibition being abandoned, postponed or altered in any way in whole or in part or if the Organisers find it necessary to change the dates or the venue of the Exhibition for any reason.
Stands fixtures and similar insurance: All risks on loss or damage to Exhibitor’s property, fixtures, fittings and all other property of a similar nature such as personal property of directors, principals and employees whilst on the Exhibition premises and transit risks to and from the Exhibition.
Failure to vacate: If the Exhibitor should fail to remove all their property or otherwise fail to vacate the Exhibition premises on the Monday after the convention by 13.00 (1pm) due to any cause whatsoever, the Exhibitor shall be fully responsible for any penalties imposed by the Premises or any losses and costs incurred by the Organisers as a result of the Exhibitor failing to vacate the premises by the agreed time and without prejudice to any other right or remedy of the Organisers. The Organisers may remove any property of the Exhibitor left at the Exhibition Area by the Exhibitor after the said time and the Exhibitor shall pay all costs of such removal to the Organisers on demand.
Public Liability: Liability to the public may arise out of the Exhibitor’s activities and you should be covered by insurance. Each Exhibitor should have its own individual Public Liability Insurance in place where applicable.
Liability: Whilst the Organisers will endeavour to protect exhibition property whilst on display at the Exhibition it must be clearly understood that the management of the Premises and the Organisers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage sustained or occasioned from any cause whatsoever. Exhibitors will be responsible for all damage to property and for any loss or injury caused by them or their agents or employees and will indemnify the Organisers against all claims and expenses arising there from.
In the event of it being necessary for any reason whatsoever for the Exhibition to be abandoned, postponed or altered in any way in whole or in part or if the Organisers find it necessary to change the dates or venue of the Exhibition or the layout, the Organisers shall not be liable for any expenditure loss or damage incurred by an Exhibitor or exhibition contractor resultant upon such change. Nor shall the Organisers be liable for any expenditure loss or damage resultant upon the intervention of any Authority which restricts the use of the Premises in whole or in part in any manner whatsoever.