Skin Deep 188

Has it really been a year since the last extremely successful Tattoo Jam convention? It feels like only yesterday that we packed everything away and took a well-earned break from the festivities but the show is upon us again. By the time this issue of Skin Deep hits the shelves, Tattoo Jam will be only days away and Doncaster will be readying itself for the annual influx of tattoo fans yet again.

Last year was our first year at the new home of Tattoo Jam, Doncaster Racecourse, and everyone I spoke to had a blast at the show. This year, the organisers have even more in store for those making the pilgrimage to the racecourse.

Tattoo Jam’s tagline is “the biggest tattoo show in the UK” and with over three hundred international and homegrown tattooists attending, who am I to dispute this?

Can you imagine three hundred artists in one building, all tattooing? What an immense pot of tattooing talent it will be!

With over 300 working artists, a day devoted specifically to those in the industry (Artist Friday), seminars, tattoo-related workshops, the Tattoo Masters’ Ball, trade stands, vendors and lots of live entertainment (30 bands!), Tattoo Jam is an event not to be missed for anyone with even the slightest interest in ink.

After the success of Tattoo Jam 2009, the organisers’ aim for the convention is to keep growing and improving each year. To this effect we have listened and acted on comments made by artists, vendors and public alike, and thank you for the many positive comments made.

The tattooing titans attending this year come from all corners of the globe including the likes of Paul Booth, he of Last Rites fame, as well as the master of all things bio and realistic, Roman Abrego. The most publicised man in tattooing, Brandon Bond, will be attending along with All Or Nothing cohorts Dave Tedder and Tony Mancia. There are many, many artists who are at the top of the tattooing tree attending, ready to tattoo all weekend!

The main room, the Lazarus Exhibition Hall, is large enough to comfortably hold the majority of the UK and international tattoo artists and traders, with separate function rooms available that will provide you with plenty of musical entertainment and a food hall that caters for all and diets.

Also, with the demand for Tattoo Jam growing, we wanted to find a site with plenty of open space and parking that is easily accessible nationwide. Doncaster Racecourse proved perfect as it provides parking for up to 3,000 vehicles, and its location in the heart of the country means that there are good road and rail links from both the North and South.

If you want something a little different this summer, come for a mischievous weekend at the races. With 302 Artists confirmed so far, you will not be disappointed...


Artist Friday


2010 will see Tattoo Jam once again, held over three days with the first day being a trade-only day known as Artist Friday.

This is an exclusive day for registered tattooists, piercers, guests and associated traders. It will give tattooists a chance to talk shop and chew the fat with other artists, go to some of the many tattoo-related seminars and workshops and even get tattooed by one of the visiting artists. We know that many artists are often too busy working to get inked themselves... so this is your chance!

In the first Tattoo Jam event, we thought we would step into the unknown and introduce something ‘new’ to UK tattoo events...a trade-only day. Now with the third show in full motion, we are pleased that we persevered with this course of action, as it has grown year on year, proving popular within the industry and artists as a whole.

To gain access to Artist Friday you need to supply the organisers with a filled out application form, attaching proof of identification - your Health Registration Certificate along with your business card or letterhead.

The day will culminate with the by now legendary Tattoo Masters’ Ball where there will be awards, prize giving and the presentation of £3000, yep £3000 to the winner of our exclusive Hornitos tequila design a bottle competition.

Last year’s Ball in the new Doncaster Racecourse venue, to put it simply... rocked! But with this year’s ball, the organisers hope it will be even more of a good time as they keep challenging themselves to improve year upon year.

Each year the Ball has a fancy dress theme and this year it is... (Drum roll please)...The Wild, WILD West!

(PLEASE NOTE: The Friday night Tattoo Masters’ Ball is a tattoo artist, piercer and trade only event and the Tattoo Jam team hope you’ll have a great time!)


Battle of the Bands

This year there will be an outdoor stage opposite the covered main racecourse grandstand.  Last year the room was a little ‘hot’ to say the least, and by moving the BOTB outside, it will make it more pleasurable for band members, sound engineers and public alike; so grab a beer, sit outside and soak up the atmosphere!

In 2009, the competition was so close that the judges could not decide on a single winner. So we would like to congratulate Queensbury and The 925s who were joint Tattoo Jam Battle Of The Bands 2009 winners. Well done, guys.




Sadly, the advance tickets are now off sale but that doesn’t stop you from just turning up at the door. We have a bevy of Jazz beauties waiting to greet you with a smile and welcome you to the show.

On the Day Tickets:
Weekend 2 Day Pass:  £36.00
Saturday Single Day Ticket:  £20.00
Sunday Single Day Ticket:  £20.00

Artist Friday:
1-Day Pass, Seminars, Workshops & Tattoo Masters’ Ball:  £35.00
Artist 3-Day Pass, Seminars, Workshops & Tattoo Masters’ Ball:  £65.00

Artist Tickets:
To buy artist tickets on the door please remember to bring along proof of identification - either your health registration certificate or business card and letterhead, along with your filled out artist ticket order form.

(PLEASE NOTE: By attending Tattoo Jam it means that you have agreed to the site policies, event ethos and terms and conditions. Thank you for your co-operation in making this a safe, friendly and fun event; we look forward to welcoming you).

This year is going to be bigger, better, more fun and a show that is guaranteed to keep you smiling until next year! Come join in the fun at Tattoo Jam 2010!


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