The Tattoo Collective – 3 days to go!

By Posted in - General News on March 14th, 2018 0 Comments The Tattoo Collective poster by Antony Flemming

With just three days to go until The Tattoo Collective, we’re excited to round up the best of our exhibitions, artists and entertainers for you to start planning your weekend…


The Tattoo Collective poster by Antony Flemming

The second edition of The Tattoo Collective will be taking place this weekend, 17th-18th March at The Old Truman Brewery. 150 of the UK and Ireland’s top tattoo artists and studios will be joining us, alongside an amazing selection of art exhibitions, live music and more.

Over the next 3 days, we’ll be showcasing the highlights of our schedule so that you can start planning your weekend in Brick Lane. Don’t forget that tickets can be purchased in advance, or on the gate each day of the event – students can take a whopping 50% off ticket prices on the day by presenting their NUS ID (on the gate only, discount does not apply to Advance Ticket holders).

Exhibition Highlights

British editorial photographer Mark Leaver will be joining us in the T3 exhibition area. Leaver’s ‘Tattoos’ project gets under the skin of a varied group of individuals, each bearing unique facial tattoos, in a series of powerful portraits. His work reaches beyond the image captured, unravelling the story of each subject he encounters and challenging the stigma often associated with heavily tattooed people.

Mark Leaver - Tattoos

Dom Short by Mark Leaver –

The Japanese Gallery are proud to share a new collection of extraordinary traditional woodblock prints at The Tattoo Collective this weekend in our T3 gallery. Featuring pieces by Kuniyoshi, Kunichika, Toyokuni III and Paul Binnie amongst others, these works offer an insightful view to Japanese tattoo culture through the ages.

The Japanese Gallery, London

Japanese Gallery, London

Norwich-based printmaker Lacey Law will be exhibiting a series of her tattoo-inspired prints in room T3, and will also be teaching a woodcut printing workshop for a lucky few to learn the tricks of the trade.

Woodcut by Lacey Law

Founded and curated by YOGI XIII of True Black Tattooing, Dublin, the ‘Stay True’ exhibition showcases work by a talented and diverse group of tattooers from across the globe. The tattoo artists have each been given a blank skateboard, with free reign to customise the deck as they wish, resulting in a unique and diverse collection of art. Find them in T3.

Stay True

Stay True – tattoo art exhibition


Entertainment Highlights

Visitors to The Tattoo Collective will find a range of curated pop-up stores, with traders and suppliers selling everything from clothing and jewellery, to taxidermy and original artworks; not to mention our world-class tattoo suppliers with the finest tattoo equipment for professional artists. Find all traders and suppliers in room T1.

Beadesaurus at The Tattoo Collective

Tattooed phrenology hands by attending traders Beadesaurus

The Tattoo Collective are proud to partner with Gretsch for an exclusive guitar art exhibition and awesome live music performances this weekend. Five talented tattoo artists have been busy creating unique artworks on Gretsch guitar models, which will be exclusively displayed at The Tattoo Collective in our T3 gallery area. In addition, live performances from guitar maestros John Fairhurst, Rodney Branigan and John Crampton will take place throughout the weekend on the Main Stage in T2; don’t miss it!

An extra-special Gretsch model will be raffled off at the event in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, with winners announced on the Main Stage Sunday evening.

The Gretsch guitar giveaway at The Tattoo Collective

Artist Highlights

Luca Ortis specialises in Japanese style Irezumi, creating powerful large-scale works that flow seamlessly with the body. With a career spanning over a decade, Luca’s initial interest in Japanese tattooing began with the discovery of Filip Leu and the traditional Japanese masters, sparking a life-long passion for the art-form. We are proud to exhibit work by Luca Ortis in our T4 gallery area this weekend.

Painting by Luca Ortis, London

Painting by Luca Ortis, London

Joe Spaven has been steadily making his mark as one of the UK’s finest Japanese tattoo specialists. A talented tattooer, Joe is truly devoted to his craft and strives to study Japanese tattooing to the fullest extent. He has recently completed a series of 100 paintings, which will be displayed in our T4 gallery area – Joe is also releasing his first book of the same series this weekend exclusively at The Tattoo Collective via Atonement Books.

Tattoo by Joe Spaven, Scarlet Rose Tattoo

Tattoo by Joe Spaven, Scarlet Rose Tattoo

George Bone began tattooing at just sixteen years old. Opening his studio ‘George Bone Tattoos’ back in 1973, George has maintained his reputation for being one of the finest tattooers London has to offer, with his bold and colourful Japanese style. Catch George tattooing in T1 this weekend. 

Backpiece by George Bone

Backpiece by George Bone


Just 3 days 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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