12th Tattoofest convention in Krakow, Poland

12th Tattoofest convention in Krakow, Poland
12th Tattoofest convention in Krakow 2017 / Photo: convention.tattoofest.pl

List of awarded tattoo artists 12th Tattoofest convention in Krakow - Day 1

Modern Black Tattoo
I place – Akvarko gallery, Joanna Zielińska, Luckytattoo, Poland – model Wojtek
II place – Krzysztof Wiśniewski, Musca Imago, Poland – model Krzysiek
III place – Marcin Pawlus, Dwa Śledzie, Poland – model Marcin

Female’s Composition
I place – Uncl Paul Knows, The Gutter, Greece – model Thalia
II place – Luleone, Chyba Ty Tattoo, Poland – model Sonia
III place – Róbert A Borbás, Rooklet Ink, Hungary – model Alexandra

Best Sleeve
I – Zsolt Zek Kelemen, Comic Tattoo, Hungary – model Diana
II place – Tomasz Tofi Torfinski, Ink-ognito Tattoo, Poland – model Tomek
III place – Yadou, Caffeine Tattoo by Bartosz Panas, Poland – model Marysia

Surreal Tattoo
I place – Łukasz Sokołowski, Pajęczyna, Poland – model Pelikan
II place – Łukasz Sokołowski, Pajęczyna, Poland – model Łukasz
III place – Tomasz Tofi Torfiński, Ink-Ognito, Poland – model Radek
III place – Judyta, Luckytattoo, Poland – model Paweł

Neotraditional Tattoo
I place – Bartosz Panas, Caffeine Tattoo, Poland – model Kordian
II place – Mirek Kopinec, Freihand Tattoo, Czech Republic – model Eliska
III place – Siemor, Nico Tattoo Crew Athens, Greece – model Rudi

Best of Day – Saturday
I place – Uncl Paul Knows, The Gutter, Greece – model Zuzanna
II place – Igor Mitrenga, Overmind Tattoo, Czech Republic – model Niki
III place – Andrey Lukovnikov, Redberry Tattoo Studio, Poland – model Karolina

Photo report from day 1 by Kamila Burzymowska

List of awarded tattoo artists 12th Tattoofest convention in Krakow - Day 2

Big Black and Grey Tattoo

I place – Dima Gorbunov, Suvorov Tattoo, Russia – model Azat
II place – Robert Borbas, Rooklet Ink, hungary – model Daniel
III place – Asia Zielińska, Luckytattoo, Poland & Darek Doktór, Ink-Ognito Tattoo, Poland – model Mateusz

Small Colour Tattoo
I place – Oliwia Daszkiewicz, Zmierzloki Tattoo, Poland – model Mariusz
II place – Luk, Art Force Tattoo, Poland – model Andżela
III place – Dzikson Wildstyle Tattoo, Poland – model Mads

Small Black and Grey Tattoo
I place – Goraj, Goraj Tattoo Studio, Poland – model Marcin
II place – Mateusz WLK Wolski, Rock'n'Ink Tattoo & Piercing, Poland – model Asia
III place – Mateusz Wojtak, Ink-Ognito Tattoo, Poland – model Wioletta

Big Colour Tattoo
I place – Dima Gorbunov, Suvorov Tattoo, Russia – model Mariya
II place – Lehel Nyeste, Tattoo Perspektiv, Hungary – model Lilla
III place – Luk, Art Force Tattoo, Poland – models: Mariusz, Gladi, Paweł

Best of Day – Sunday
I place – Samuel Potuček Tattoo, Inkfamous, Slovakia – model Sapito
II place – Fabian Staniec, Pathogen Tattoo Workshop, Poland – model Konrad
III place – Hubert Napiórkowski, Luckytattoo, Poland – model Marcin

Photo report from day 2 by Kamila Burzymowska

"12th Tattoofest is already a part of history. History of a Polish tattoo scene and tattooers that took part in this event showing their skills, talent and most amazing works appreciated by a jury members and rewarded by traditional skateboard decks. I’m starting from this crucial element of each tattoo convention, because after all that years for me personally, it’s still one of the most important parts. And I don’t mean it only by giving awards and listing the most influential or most promising artists but as an educational aspect of a tattoo convention where outstanding works (both artistic and technical) can be shown to a bigger audience and praised. I feel really proud to hear from artists that the award from Tattoofest is the most precious among all they have earned. It’s not only because Tattoofest is one the most prestigious tattoo events is Eastern Europe but also because our competitions are judged by the most significant Polish tattoo artists that laid the foundations for the development of this phenomenon like Slawek Fraczek or Sebastian “Junior” Jaryszek and that are still an inspiration for A-listed and well-known artists like for example Tofi, who first gained recognition at Tattoofest few year back. As I mentioned, we’re building together a Polish tattoo history, but it’s also a part of a bigger story, because from the very first beginning of TF we were aiming to invite and introduce to our audience international tattoo artists. As a single tattoo convention is an opportunity for meeting different people with a common interest and passion, so why don’t we broad our horizons and check how the tattoo is developing in other countries? Tattoofest gained its reputation thanks to tattoo artists attending the event. They not only presenting vary styles, working with different techniques (including traditional hand techniques) but what’s the most important they are working on a very high artistic level.

Choosing and inviting artists’ is still the most important while organizing a convention, from first edition in 2006 when we start with 27 artists until now when we hosted a record number of artists – more than 300! I think nobody willing to get tattooed during the convention wasn’t disappointed and could find an artist and style suiting the needs. For those that was interested to look for an artist or just check what’s going on such events or just want or have some fun wasn’t disappointed as well. As it comes to highlights and attractions I can list thrilling sword swallowing show by an amazing Lucky Hell, meet and greet with gorgeous Monami Frost, model and YouTube vlogger that really doesn’t need to be presented, exhibition of paintings by Lukasz Bam Kaczmarek awesome Polish tattoo artists that is also well know from working with different media, art fusion of tattoo artists showing their painting/graphic skills any last but not least contests for the audience with some special and valuable prizes. Tattoofest is not only 2000 sq. meters of a busy, buzzing tattoo studio. It’s also 1000 sq meters outside area filled with street food trucks, chill zone with DJ’s, a massive graffiti zone, custom bikes or stands offering to try different urban sports. Not to mention the kids zone, including bouncy castle, where you can leave your kid under the supervisor of a professional caregivers. 

All these things mentioned above make Tattoofest a perfect option not only for tattoo lovers seeking for top notch artists but also for visitor seeking for a good urban event in beautiful Krakow.  

I invite you to join us at 13th edition of Tatoofest on 2-3 June 2018. More info http://convention.tattoofest.pl and on our Facebook profile.  Hope to see you!"

Aleksandra Halatek, Tattoofest convention