Must attend Tattoo event attracted 15,000

The inaugural Singapore Tattoo Show ended on Sunday, 11 January 2009 with just over a total of 14,000 one-day and three-day passes sold, bringing the total number of attendees to 15,000 who attended the 3-day convention held at Singapore Expo Hall 6B from 9-11 January 2009. The show saw people from all walks of life, as well as few thousand overseas visitors who flew down especially for the show.

The show saw an exhibitor line up more than 120 tattoo studios and 16 tattoo vendors from various countries, showcasing various tattooing techniques using machines and traditional tools and boasted an exciting programme featuring a body art-bikini fashion show, HPI drifting competition, Harley Davidson showcase, tattoo photography showcase, Art Fusion, live band performances and a daily tattoo contest (results may be found in Appendix A).

Well-known tattoo personalities Paul Booth of Last Rites Tattoo (USA), Chris Garver of Miami Ink (USA), and Bob Tyrrell of Night Gallery (USA) were at the Singapore Tattoo Show 09.

Kirby Lian, the brainchild and organizer of the show says, “I am very pleased with the outcome of the convention. Tickets sales were brisk from the start on Friday and we even had families and parents with toddlers attending the show. I’m glad that the show has achieved one of its objectives in educating the public on tattooing and the tattoo industry.”

From the response we have achieved, we are considering doing a bigger and more comprehensive show in 2010,” added Debra Tan, co-oganiser of the Singapore Tattoo Show 09, “So look out for details in October 2009!”

Tickets were sold at S$18 for a one-day pass and S$50 for a three-day pass. To date the show’s facebook site: Tattoo Artistry ( has more than 3,000 members.


About the Organizer –

This young start-up company combines vision and passion for the tattoo artistry, bearing the charter to change the social norms associated with the permanence of this art form. Behind the company is a team comprising a professional tattoo artist-entrepreneur with 7 years’ industry experience and a marketer formerly from a multinational company. Having developed a wide network of global tattoo artists whom many are considered close friends, this team aims to promote the tattoo industry for the appreciation and commercialism of tattoo art. For more information please visit



Tattoo Contest results: 9 Jan 2009

Best Sleeve Tattoo:

Tattoo Magic, Australia, Geordie Cole

Best Leg Tattoo:

Night Action Tattoo, Taiwan, Wu

Best Cover Up Tattoo:

Imagine Tattoo Studio, Singapore, Aelvin Lim

Tattoo Contest results: 10 Jan 2009

Medium Tribal/Celtic Tattoo:

1. Night Action, Taiwan, Ping

2. Night Action, Taiwan, Ping

3. Think Tattoo, Singapore, Elson Yeo

Medium Black and Grey Tattoo:

1. My Tattoo, USA, Jess Yen

2. Tiao Fang Tattoo, Taiwan, Fang Chun Suen

3. Tsai Da Long Tattoo, Taiwan, Tsai Da Long

Medium Colour Tattoo:

  1. Dow Jenn Tattoo, Taiwan, Cheng Yuan Sheng

  2. Visual Orgasm, Singapore, Joseph Siow

  3. Night Action Tattoo, Taiwan, Mr Wu

Tattoo of the Day:

Skin Label Tattoo Studio, Singapore, Sam Wei Ming

Tattoo Contest results: 11 Jan 2009

Back Piece Tattoo:

1. Lion King Tattoo, Taiwan

2. Dow Jenn Tattoo, Taiwan, Zhao Jun Ji

3. Night Action Tattoo, Taiwan, Yu Fu Lien

Most Realistic Tattoo:

1. Imagine Tattoo, Singapore, Aelvin Lim

2. Night Action Tattoo, Taiwan, Yeh Ting N

3. Visual Orgasm, Singapore, Joseph Siow

Large Colour Tattoo:

  1. Dow Jenn Tattoo, Taiwan, Zhai Jun Ji

  2. Lion King Tattoo, Taiwan

  3. Night Action Tattoo, Taiwan, Yu Fu Lien

Large Black and Grey Tattoo:

  1. East Tattoo, Taiwan, Zhou Wei Long

  2. My Tattoo, USA, Jess Yen

  3. Fly Back Tattoo, Singapore, Jerry

Tattoo of the Day:

Tattoo Mangon, Germany, Patrick Frank Huettlinger

The judges for the tattoo contests were:

  • Richard Bahadur, Body Décor Tattoo & Piercing, Singapore

  • Diau An, Dian An Tattoo, Taiwan

  • Chris Garver, Miami Ink, USA

  • Bob Tyrrell, Night Gallery, USA

  • William Yeo, William Tattoo Studio, Singapore

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