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The 2017 Australian Tattoo Series will be the first competition of it’s kind in Australia.

5 Rounds, 5 Shows, 1 Winner, $10000 cash, 1 year Sponsorship from Eternal Ink and a Full Page feature in Inked Magazine.

Artists competing in the Tattoo of the Day awards and Best multi-day Tattoo award will strive for points to come out on top at the end of the 5 rounds, spanning across Australian Tattoo Expo and also Rites of Passage Tattoo Festival.

We’ve made some significant changes to the Tattoo awards at the Australian Tattoo Expo, Tattoo of the Show will now only be available to Artists that win Tattoo of the Day or Best Multi-Day Tattoo, resulting in a true Tattoo of the Show.

Tattoo of the Day Winners will receive 5 Points to their tally and a Silver Medal, we’ve now included Runner-Ups in all of the major Tattoo Series Awards, Runner-Ups will receive 3 points towards their tally and a Bronze Medal.

The 4 Winners of the major awards will go into the Tattoo of the Show competition, a panel of judges will decide on the Tattoo of the Show and this winner will receive 2 additional points to their tally and a Gold Medal.

The artist with the most points at the end of the 5 rounds will be crowned the 2017 Australian Tattoo Series Winner, and will receive $10,000 cash, a year sponsorship from Eternal Ink and a Full-Page feature in Inked Magazine.

Entries for the 2017 Australian Tattoo Series will be $15 per tattoo entered.

With the launch of an ALL-NEW and very exciting Tattoo Award Series for our attending artists, the show team promised a change in the game. It is without question being a tattoo artist involves constant development, skill set and precision. Our industry forces each other to level up when we view the works of our fellow peers.

With such a National Competition, the show team have taken every step to bring you a panel of respected tattoo artists to critique the best works of our time. The Sydney Judging Panel brings three different tattoo artists from different walks of life with a strong understanding of fairness and what makes a STAND-OUT TATTOO regardless of the tattoo specialty or ‘status’ of a particular tattoo artists.

We proudly welcome Neil, Max and Benji to our Judging Panel of The 2017 Tattoo Award Series.


Neil Cheetham

Neal has been tattooing for over 30 years and jumps between his tattoo studios in Western Australia and Tasmania! Neil has an eye for detail focusing on colour saturation and technicality. He is very excited to see the talent and array of tattoos entered in this competition.


Max Chater

Owner of Sydney’s longest established tattoo studio located in Kings Cross, New South Wales. Max started tattooing as a kid in Paddington with his father Alex in 1960 at his father’s shop. They worked together until Alex retired in 1972. Max has been tattooing since 1959 and the Chater Family as a whole have been tattooing in Sydney since 1930.

Benji Tobin

Benji Tobin has been tattooing for almost 20 years, starting back in 1998 in a small shop in his home town – Mt Gambier in South Australia. He spent 5 years learning the basics and from 2004 onwards moved and worked up on the sunny Gold Coast where he has worked in reputable studios such as Skin FX Tattoo, Borderline Tattoo in Burleigh Heads and now resided at Storm The Gates Tattoo in Varsity Lakes as well as being a traveling artist.