THOUSANDS of tattoo enthusiasts attended a convention for the chance to be inked by artists from across the world.

The Big North Tattoo Show returned for its third year at the Utilita Arena, in Newcastle.

Over 300 artists gave fans the chance to go under the needle at the two day event.

The show welcomed Newcastle artists from Northside Tattooz and the Travelling Man Tattoos studio who worked alongside tattooists from as far afield as Canada, Japan and Russia.

The weekend event saw a number of performances which included music from popular bands Dancehall and the Urban Voodoo Machine.

A spokesperson for the show said: “The Big North Tattoo Show has been growing in reputation as being one of the biggest and best tattoo conventions in the UK.

“Tattoos have literally left their mark on Newcastle, both literally and figuratively.

“As it grows in recognition as an art form in itself as well as shifting attitudes towards visible tattoos, it’s no wonder that more and more people are choosing to go under the needle in the name of self-expression."

The show was organised by Perry Rule, publisher and co-editor of Total Tattoo Magazine, and Martin McIver, of Rocket Events.

It saw stands of hand-selected traders who were selling clothing, ornaments, jewellery and taxidermy.

Tattoo competitions also took place during the event where artists were judged on categories including best small black and grey tattoo and best small colour tattoo.