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.