Skin Deep Tattoo Contests

See the winners here! 

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

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

Check out the categories below.

Hey,  don't forget!
Only tattoos completed at Tattoo Jam are eligible to enter the contests (with the exception of Oriental bodysuits). 
As much as we'd love to see what stories your skin is telling, we just don't have time to judge it all! So bring on the ink done at the show and we'll see you stage side 🏆

2017 Categories 

Saturday 12th August 

  • Best Avant Garde sponsored by F1030 Tattoo Aftercare  
    Colour or mono, abstract, distorted reality, brushwork, expressionist, line work, geometric and experimental.
  • Best Traditional sponsored by Skin Shots Magazine
    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 Studio 18 Body Jewellery Ltd
    Strong presence of black ink, line work, geometric, symmetry.

  • Best Colour sponsored by  C&P Medical
    A strong presence of colour, water colour, vivid tones with impact.

  • Best of Saturday sponsored by Shea Care 
    Only winners of the Saturday categories will be judged for Best of Saturday.

Sunday 13th August

  • Best Neo-Traditional sponsored by Tattoo Master Magazine
    Colour or mono, bold lines, revival of traditional tattoo style.

  • Best Oriental sponsored by Buddha Brand
    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 Black & Grey sponsored by Butterluxe 
    May be a wide variety of subject but must exclusively be black and grey.

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

  • Best of Sunday sponsored by Skin Deep Magazine
    Only winners of the Sunday categories will be judged for Best of Sunday. 

  • Best of Convention sponsored by Jungle Tattoo Supplies
    Self explanatory - your tattoo is the victor of all and may take it's rightful throne in Tattoo Jam's Hall of Fame.


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