The Tattoo Collective – 1 day to go!

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It’s the final countdown; The Tattoo Collective takes place TOMORROW!

We are so excited to welcome you all to The Tattoo Collective 2018. There are some incredible artists, inspiring exhibitions and much more to be seen this weekend at The Old Truman Brewery; join us to celebrate a lifestyle in ink.

Our final instalment of ‘what’s on’ at The Tattoo Collective is below – start planning your weekend now, and pick up your Advance Tickets today. Don’t forget that students can take a massive 50% off ticket prices on the gate with NUS ID (on the gate only, offer does not apply to advance sales).


Gretsch have joined forces with five of our exceptionally talented tattooers to produce hand-painted artworks on stunning canvases; a fleet of Gretsch G2622 Streamliner guitars. Exhibiting artists include Nikole Lowe, Kali, Elliott Wells, Joe Carpenter and Justin Burnout. 

But that’s not all; one lucky visitor will walk away with a stunning guitar adorned with our poster artwork by Sam Ford! Our charity raffle winner will be announced on Sunday evening, with all proceeds going to The Teenager Cancer Trust.

Sneak peek of a guitar painted by Nikole Lowe of Good Times Tattoo, London

After a successful launch at The London Tattoo Convention, The Imperial Tattoo Army returns; this exclusive exhibition features renowned tattoo artists Jondix, Hanumantra, Jordan Croke, Guen Douglas, Lenu, Maarten Emily, Victor Chil and Vlady, who have each taken part to create eight stunning and completely unique artworks on Original Stormtrooper canvases.

The Imperial Tattoo Army - armour by Jordan Croke

The Imperial Tattoo Army – armour by Jordan Croke

Five of our attending tattoo artists will be presenting their own artworks in our T4 gallery area this weekend; Aimee Cornwell, Joe Spaven, Luca Ortis, Tom Strom and Matthew James will each be displaying their work. This is an exciting chance to see the tattooer’s art in a variety of different mediums – from Joe Spaven’s ‘100 paintings’ series of traditional Japanese imagery, to Matthew James’ large-scale surrealistic charcoal works. Don’t miss it.

Matthew James working on a charcoal piece

Overlap‘ is a project born from an idea by Italian tattoo artist Fabio Gargiulo. The objective of this project is to fuse the art of different tattooists, each with its own personality and style, into one piece of art. The result is a human shape in real dimension, divided in five pieces (arms, legs and torso) all created by different artists. This project helps to fuse together different artists with a variety of styles and techniques. It’s not a competition, but a collaboration of shared artistry.


The Tattoo Collective are very excited to present the 2018 Tattoo Competition. Our expert panel of judges from the tattoo community will decide which lucky artists and customers take home our beautiful custom-made prizes, handcrafted by El Rana in Italy. This year we are lucky to be joined by Grace Neutral, George Bone and Joe Spaven on the judging panel.

Best of Show winner Ryan 'The Scientist' Smith collecting his award

2017’s Best of Show winner Ryan ‘The Scientist’ Smith collecting his award

We are very excited to present live guitar performances from 3 of the UK’s finest resonator guitar players. John Fairhurst will headline Saturday evening, with his masterful blues guitar style. Touted as being one of the top 3 resonator guitar players worldwide (Acoustic Guitar Magazine USA) John Fairhurst is ‘possibly the finest guitarist you will ever see… brilliant songwriting and a gravel-swilled belter of a voice’ (BBC)

Don’t forget to check out our amazing traders and suppliers; including a very special merchandise booth and signing area for the gorgeous Fuel Girls! The incredible Ayesha and Katrina will be available to meet and greet over the weekend – stop by and visit them by the bar and stage area in room T2.

Kat of the Fuel Girls at The Tattoo Collective


Norwich-based blackwork artist Josh Fisher made waves at The Tattoo Collective last year with an award-winning ornamental bodysuit; Josh has since been busy creating more mind-blowing bodysuits and large-scale tattoos, and we can’t wait to see what he is working on at The Tattoo Collective this weekend!

Josh Fisher at The Tattoo Collective

Just 1 more day to go! We can’t wait to see you all and welcome you to The Tattoo Collective, 17th-18th March at The Old Truman Brewery. Pick up your Advance Tickets today. 


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