The Great British Tattoo Show

We’re really proud that our official launch as CarterGore will be at The Great British Tattoo Show next week, when over 300 of the world’s best tattoo artists will be taking over Alexandra Palace in London. Seriously, could there be a better place for us to go live?

To mark the occasion, we’ve collaborated with the organisers to design and present this year’s medal to the winners across 12 categories. Now, if we do say so ourselves, this medal is a hell of a prize. It’s a chunky piece of kit – solid silver, wickedly detailed and, of course, created and crafted especially for TGBTS.

 

Gary wanted to design something that inherently rang of authenticity to the people receiving it, so spent hours and hours looking for just the right motifs that would represent the culture. The first iteration was a love child of the classic butterfly, crown and sugar skull – what you could call the quintessential corner stones of the tattoo industry.

With Gary’s usual attention to detail, the tiniest of elements were laboured over – the particular shape of the crown taking the most time and research to bring to life. Over time, the butterfly wings were stripped back, making the final pendant both unisex and the perfect embodiment of a culture that inspires us so much. 

A version of the original pendant is available to win as a prize draw, and the twelve medals will be handed out by Gary on the day. If you’re about, you'll find us on stand V5 … come and say hi. We’ve got all sorts of pieces with us available to buy and have a look at, in all manner of glorious shapes and sizes. See you there, yeah?

 

Carter Gore