The Tattoo Collective, a brand new UK event for the skin art community, makes its debut over the weekend of February 17-19 at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane.
The Tattoo Collective is presented by the same Tattoo Life Magazine team responsible for The International London Tattoo Convention held annually at Tobacco Dock, and is a direct result of its sister event’s ‘tumultuous success’.
Demand from the worldwide tattoo elite to work at The International London Tattoo Convention is now so high, say the organisers, that there is a waiting list of more than three years for would-be participants.
The limitations this has put on the number of spaces available for the best UK and Irish studios spurred Tattoo Life to create a new event to showcase ‘150 of the most innovative and accomplished tattoo artists’ working across the country.
The ‘most pioneering, biggest names’ in the UK and Irish industry, along with the ‘most talented up-and-comers’ — all ‘handpicked for their exceptional skills’ — will be on view, practising their art in public over the weekend.
Art shows lined up for the launch of The Tattoo Collective include the General Artist Exhibition, displaying more than a hundred works submitted by attending artists.
These pieces (many of which will be available to buy) range from the conceptual to the traditional and are
Other exhibitions include Han’nya Brigade, a collection of over 250 interpretations of the iconic Japanese han’nya mask curated by Fabio Gargiulo; and the Jupiter’s Daughters series of paintings (see banner, left) by London-based tattoo artist Claudia de Sabe.
The Dawn of Tomorrow will unveil a collaborative series by attending artists Jo Harrison (above) and Hanumantra (banner, centre); while The Art of Claudia Ducalia (banner, right) will present a collection of works by this Italian artist;.
Finally, Tahiti – Poynesian Tatau will showcase a series of photographic images by Dale May.
The Tattoo Collective’s alternative merchandise and clothing area will host artist-driven brands such as La Mort, RSI Apparel and Abandon Ship, as well as quirky collectables, taxidermy, and bespoke fine jewellery.
The famous AONO Barbershop will be offering visitors and artists free haircuts and styling, courtesy of sponsor Monster Energy.
Advance tickets, priced £20 for Friday, £25 for Saturday, £20 for Sunday or £45 for a three-day pass, are available from the website below.
Published February 1, 2017