More than 200 tattoo artists have now signed up to take part in a contest for ‘exotics’ at the inaugural Transgender Tattoo Awards in Dublin.
Entrants are invited to submit images of themselves or of someone they know with a tattoo on their arm or leg, and are judged on the quality of the design.
The aim is to find the most creative, well-executed and unique piece of art to be presented at the awards.
“Transgender Tattoo was formed by a group of tattoo artists who wanted to share their unique style with the tattoo community.
The result is an event that will inspire and inspire others to be creative,” said Cathal Keane, Executive Director of the Transgender Tattoos.”
We have now established a network of artists across the country and we look forward to seeing the next generation of tattoo art.”
Transgender tattoos were originally popularised in the UK by the late British artist, Mark Mothersbaugh.
The first tattoo contest was held in 1976 in Manchester and it was won by the artist, who was a prolific writer and a painter, and by his wife, Joan.
The Tattoo Show was later staged in London and is still held in Dublin, where there are around 3,000 tattoo artists.
“I think it is important to create a space where everyone can express their individuality, and there are so many artists in the world who share that vision.
This is where we are,” said Keane.”
The first award, in 1976, was held at a bar in Manchester.
It was very controversial.
We are very proud of what we have achieved in the past 20 years and we want to take this opportunity to make the Tattoo Expo a real destination for all the tattoo artists from Ireland.”
Irish artist, John McNeill, said that he was excited to be participating in the event.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a global community of artists who are so creative.
There is a strong community in Ireland who really love the medium and want to share it with everyone.
It is very exciting to be a part of that and hopefully I will have a chance to meet some of my friends there,” he said.”
Being part of the community, it is a great way to get to know your fellow artists, and I think it will be great to share my work with them as well.”