The Great British Tattoo Show – Alexandra Palace, London – 5.27-28.17
Write Up & Photos by: Phillip ‘Banshee’ Antoniou
Last weekend I got to cover the ‘The Great British Tattoo Show held in London’s popular historic entertainment venue, Alexandra Palace, Know as ‘Ally Pally’. Filled with over 350 of the worlds finest tattoo artists from all over the world, members of the public come from all over the country to see some of the most amazing work showcased live in front of their eyes! With every single tattoo artist their tattooing hours and hours for the whole weekend there was plenty of art and talent for people to see, Such as realistic portraits, Comical, Oriental and Traditional Art and Artists specializing in Black & Grey work and colour only, and lets not forget the free stickers! We all love free stickers to slap on our laptop and desk!
The show also had other mini events going on such as a tattoo fashion show in the middle on the venue, Competition for the public to win clothing by some of their favourite artist and even tattooing equipment and goodies. The tattoo artists themselves had lots of competitions going on for the whole weekend too between other artists. Competitions for best Oriental, Avant Gande, Realism and Neo – Traditional were some of the categories won over the weekend.
Here are the winners over the full weekend –
Ali Burke of Stallions and Galleons – Best of Convention, Saturday and Colour
Martin Tay of The White Room Tattoo – Best of Sunday & Neo-Traditional
Matina Sick Rose – Best Blackwork
Nicky of Tattoo Nicky – Best Oriental
Matty Friend of First Electric – Best Traditional
Mim Hennessy-Mann of Just Add Ink – Best Avant Garde
Chris Toler of Seventh Sin Tattoo Studio – Best Black & Grey
Yisis of The White Room Tattoo – Best Realism