The 15th edition announces a commitment to reducing plastic, UK oldest tattoo artist to ink his last ever tattoo & a masterclass with skateboarding legend Steve Oslon and much more.

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News Release 23rd July 2019

The London Tattoo Convention, proudly presenting the 15th-anniversary edition of the UK’s biggest and best-loved tattoo show in London’s Tobacco Dock on  27th-28th-29th September 2019. 

The event provides a platform to celebrate the globes 400 most influential tattoo artists with prestigious tattoo competitions, world-renowned guest judges including the King of black and grey and celebrity inker- Mark Mahoney, and leading Swiss artist Filip Leu.  

The London Tattoo Convention (LTC) announces its journey to reduce plastic within the industry with a number of approaches, including providing all tattoo artists with eco-friendly products from suppliers Killer Ink, reducing the use of plastic and allocating recycling points throughout the venue.  LTC has joined forces with Sea Shepherd on various future initiatives – to help this a marine conservation charity protects ecosystems along the UK’s coastline. 

The UK’s oldest tattooist, 86 year old Plymouth based, Doc Price will ink his last ever tattoo at LTC, he lays down his needle after seven decades of decorating somewhere between 28 and 40 acres of skin.

This year, we have teamed up with Vans to create a half-pipe skating ramp, with a masterclass from skateboarding legend, Steve Olson, as well as displays from Vans professional boarders and daily skateboard sessions.  

Much more than just tattoos, there will be art exhibitions, workshops, live music, electrifying live performances, a chance to win a customized Gretsch Guitar supporting music charity Nordoff Robbins, sample the most delicious street food whilst drinking craft beer and an opportunity to win a ‘golden tickets’ to the event.

Tattoo Life guru and convention co-founder Miki Vialetto have handpicked over 400 of the world’s most talented tattoo artists. Visitors can watch tattoos come to life in every style imaginable from hand-poked Japanese ‘tebori’ and authentic Polynesian tribal to hyper-realistic portraiture and jaw-dropping bodysuits. Opening the weekend will be a traditional blessing ceremony by highly regarded Samoan traditional tattooist Lawrence Ah Ching in the main hand-tapping tattooing area at the Dockside Gallery.

The prestigious daily tattoo competition will showcase the best work judged by our expert panel. Special guest judges include Mark Mahoney, artist to the stars and muse of Lana Del Rey, Johnny Depp, and Filip Leu, one of the world’s most influential tattoo artists. ‘The People’s Choice Award’ will allow the public to vote for their favorite tattoo artist in advance of the event, with the coveted award handed out on Sunday.

Breathtaking fire and aerial performances will come from The Fuel Girls and live music from The Quireboys, Never The Bride, Hell’s Bells (AC/DC tribute) and Urban Voodoo Machine Gretsch Guitars stage will be offering the opportunity to ‘Jam with Gretsch’, in between live blues sessions and the chance enter a charity auction and win one of five customized guitars being displayed over the weekend.

Specially curated art exhibition and workshop areas give insight into the history of tattoo art and how the culture has developed – highlights include:-

  • Live painting seminars and exhibition from the highly collectible LA-based tattooer and artist Shawn Barber, who has previously painted Kat Von D 
  • A charity art project for Operation Underground Railroad, ‘The Tattoo Fan Club, features 200 customized Japanese fans by famed tattoo artists. 
  • Tattoo artist Andreas Coenen will curate a selection of over 100 works from tattoo artists inspired by tattoo master Ed Hardy.
  • Founder of London’s iconic ‘Into You’ tattoo studio, tattoo artist and printmaker Alex Binnie will present a retrospective of his art spanning 25 years.
  • Zozios will show a collection of portrait photography, featuring iconic Japanese tattoo artist Horiyoshi III.
  • Tattoo artists Benjamin Laukis and Mayo will present a collaborative live art show based on experimental script and lettering. 
  • US-based tattooer and painter Mike Dorsey will display works showing his inventive take on classical Japanese paintings.
  • ‘Faces of the Future’ – An exhibition by tattoo artist Hanumantra exploring what tattoos of future tribes of humanity, featuring well-known blackwork artists.

Tattoo aficionados can take a break from all the buzzing and visit the selection of alternative traders selling everything from unique fine jewelry to taxidermy, sip LTC own beer brewed by Beavertown.  Or visit the dockside, street food trucks where vegan junk food comes from specialists Biff’s Jack Shack and their deliciously filthy fried crispy jackfruit (the world’s weirdest fruit) and winner of British Street Food Awards Buddha Bowl will return with healthy fresh options. 

Co-founder Marcus Berriman comments, “The London Tattoo Convention is the number one tattoo convention in the world and held in the highest regard by people throughout our community.  For our 15th anniversary, it is important to us to make the first steps in sustainability to protect our planet. We encourage artists, performers, suppliers, and visitors to be more plastic and eco-conscious” he continues, “ The LTC is not just a tattoo show, it is a gathering of like-minded souls, and we go to great lengths to curate an unmissable experience for our visitors”

The International London Tattoo Convention, a weekender dedicated to the finest body art and embracing the lifestyle and culture around tattooing- 27-28-29th September 2019 at Tobacco Dock, The Dock, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London. E1W 2SF

Ticket Details:

Buy the 2019 Advance 3 Day Pass and get Saturday for FREE!

Advance tickets will be available to buy online until Thursday 26th Sept, Midnight.
Tickets are available on the gate every day from 12 pm Lunchtime.

Advance Day Ticket Prices: 
Fri: £30 | Sat: £40 | Sun: £30

On the Gate Day Ticket Prices: 
Fri: £35 | Sat: £45 | Sun: £35

Advance 3 Day Pass: £70

On the Gate 3 Day Pass: £80

Student on the Gate 3 Day Pass: £60
(Offer applicable on the gate only with a valid NUS card)

*Admission is free for children under 14 with a paying Adult
**Admission is free for the Adult or Carer for the paying disabled.

Buy Advance tickets now click here to visit

In order to process all of our advance ticket holders, we will be opening up the Quayside gates from 09.00am on all 3 days.

This will give everyone enough time to enjoy the facilities provided and to take advantage of early entry at 11.30am into the venue. Souvenir guide will be given to advance ticket holders on entry, subject to availability.

Opening Times: Friday/Saturday 
11.30 – Midnight (Advance Ticket Holders) 
12.00 – Midnight (On the Gate Ticket Holders) 

Opening Times: Sunday 
11.30 – 20.00 (Advance Ticket Holders) 
12.00 – 20.00 (On the Gate Ticket Holders) 

Tattoo Life

Tattoo Life is part of International Tattoo Magazines (Tattoo Life / Tattoo Energy / Tattoo Special), which are issued every two months and published in five languages and distributed in 48 countries worldwide.

Tattoo Life’s outstanding community is the place where the past meets the present and the future of the tattoo art: deep insights, interviews, stories, news, inspirations and everything about tattoos.

Gretsch Guitars  

For the past six incredible decades, Fender has helped provide the soundtrack of our lives and times, becoming an international cultural icon in the process.

Indeed, when rock ‘n’ roll came along a decade after us, its wild new talents turned a feisty little Southern California company into a worldwide music phenomenon whose products both provided and defined the sound of the ages.

It is our vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world, and our mission to exceed the expectations of music enthusiasts worldwide. 

Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by life-limiting illness, isolation or disability. It supports thousands of people through its own centers and by working in partnership with organizations including care homes, schools, and hospitals. It’s expert music therapists can help people with dementia reconnect with family members, children with autism to speak for the first time and give those living with mental health problems moments of genuine calm and peace.

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