Yet another record breaking Tattoo Konwention. Gdañsk Tattoo Konwent 2016
A concert by polish rapper Quebonafide has officially ended the 8th edition of Gdañsk Tattoo Konwent. This year’ festival in Gdañsk gathered a record number of almost 7000 participants. Tattoo lovers witnessed 250 tattoo artists at work, they saw 5 concerts and 4 special shows. During Gdañsk Tattoo Konwent 2016 the Jury reviewed 520 tattoos which competed in, both classic and new, unconventional categories.
During this year’s edition of Gdañsk Tattoo Konwent the turnout record was broken once again. The ever expanding selection of additional attractions and the growing number of top-shelf polish tattoo artists taking part were suggestive enough to bring just shy of 7000 attendees to the AMBEREXPO Hall in Gdañsk. Among the visitors one could find those with tattoos, as well as people who do not have a drop of ink on their skin.


Gdansk Tattoo Konwent by Kamila Burzymowska - Day I (133)


Two days marked by tattoos
During the festival several hundred tattoos were made. Competition lists included 520 designs, created by the artists working during the convent. 39 of them were awarded in 13 separate competitions, amongst which were completely new categories such as: micro tattoo, Freakshow or graphic tattoo.
At the winner shortlists there are such artists as Julia form the JuniorINK studio, who had won 3 awards including the 1st place in the “tattoo inspired by nature” category, Tasty Tattoo’s Micha³ (1st place for the best tattoo of the first day of convent) or £ukasz from “Nie mów mamie” (Don’t tell mama) – best tattoo of day 2. Other awarded artists work in such studios as: Cykada, Art Force, Molotov, Inkognito or Cleanfun.


Gdansk Tattoo Konwent by Kamila Burzymowska - Day I (209)
The designs were reviewed by a Jury composed of Krzysztof Iwin, Marcin Pawlus, Maciej „Magic” Chêciak


Stars of the Tattoo Konwent scene
Many people are drawn to Tattoo Konwent not only because of their love of tattoos, but also due to an interesting, versatile musical line-up. The first performance of the festival was a show by Glory Days – a street punk trio from Warsaw. That same evening the audience shuffled their feet to the folk tunes of Paddy and the Rats from Hungary. Well known, classic covers took the scene by storm on Sunday, when the blues’n’roll band – Jerry’s Fingers came out to entertain the crowd. The crew also performed their original material. Hip-hop enthusiasts gathered on the second day of the convent to take part in an energetic concerts by ¯abson and Quebonafide. Amongst the stars of this year’s edition there was also Ania Filipowska, who amazed the audience with her graceful aerial silk acrobatic show. Another interesting moment was the trial bike show by Bartek Æwik.

Artist atmosphere working pictures

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Additional attractions
Two-wheeled vehicles could be also found in one of the Festival’s special, thematic areas, where visitors could appreciate old-school motorcycles and cars. Next to the Gdañsk Tattoo Konwent main stage, two authentic Monster Trucks were parked, and ready for photoshoots. Many male participants decided to undergo metamorphosis at the BarberExpo, where the hairdos and beards of guests were taken care of by skillful barbers. The fashion area was yet another frequently visited location, and tattoo fans took a special liking to the new collection by Medicine clothing, which was designed by renowned tattoo artists. The artists themselves presented their skills not only on skin, but also canvases, which were displayed at a special exhibition called “Tattoo and art”. But that was not the only point of program for art lovers. At AMBEREXPO visitors could look at paintings which comprise the “Obscuritas” exhibition, created by one of the jurors – Krzysztof Iwin, and also the works by Krystian Leñczuk, who has presented his works before, at previous editions of the Festival. In case of hunger the visitors moved straight to Papu Convent – a special location with 10 food trucks. The organizers did not forget about the youngest, who enjoyed themselves at a special kids’ animation space, and together with their parents, tattooed banana peels at the
Banana-INK spot.

-Tattoo Conwent this year will, for the first time in history, be held in 5 major polish cities. Each event is packed with people – says Marcin Paczeœny, main organizer of Tattoo Convent and owner of Zajawa Tattoo studio from Gdañsk – This is a sign for us, that tattoos are becoming socially acceptable. We were able to create a festival that welcomes all, whether has tattoos on every inch of his body, or does not have any artwork on his skin and prefers just to admire artists’ skills. If anybody wants to feel this amazing atmosphere, come join us on 22-23rd of September in Katowice for the 18th edition of Tattoo Convent. – ads the organizer.

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See more pictures from Day one + two in the gallery section.
They will be public from Wednesday morning.

All Photo´s by Kamila Burzymowska