NZ Tattoo & Art Festival


Become a volunteer in 2021

The NZ Tattoo & Art Festival, Australasia’s biggest tattoo event is returning in 2021 for its 10th anniversary!  

Like any major event, we need the help of some awesome volunteers to help make the weekend a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.  

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to meet new people, get event experience and be at the centre of the action.  NZ Tattoo & Art Festival volunteers are an important part of what makes our event special and we’d love to have you as part of the team!

Volunteers can apply to work across a range of jobs, from setting up and packing down the festival, ticketing, customer service and general assistance during the festival. 

How much time do I need to give?

2 full shifts over 2 days.  Weekend shift hours are generally 6 hours on Saturday, usually less on the Sunday as the festival finishes earlier on this day.  

Pack in/Pack out hours can vary depending on how quickly set up is done.  (Volunteering for Pack in/Pack out means you have the entire weekend to attend the festival!)

What do I get in return for volunteering?

  • Volunteer experience at Australasia’s biggest tattoo event.
  • Weekend pass to attend the event for free (outside of your shift hours).
  • Official 2021 10th anniversary festival t.
  • Volunteer t (for volunteers working a Saturday/Sunday shift).
  • Passes to the official NZ Tattoo & Art Festival parties.
  • Meal allowance (based on working a full shift during the weekend or during pack in/pack out).

What happens once I sign up to volunteer?

After the volunteer application date has closed you will receive an email confirming your job role/hours for the weekend or an email thanking you for your application if we have had more volunteers than we need for the festival weekend.  

You will need to attend a volunteer safety briefing prior to the festival, which is held on the Friday evening.

To register your interest please complete the following application form, including any relevant experience you may have and the roles you would like to be considered for. Applications close 1 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of October 2021.

Pack in/Pack out

Assisting in setting up for the event before the start date and after the event in packing everything down.  You will be required to work 2 days, either 1 pack in and 1 pack out day or 2 pack in days.  

Pack in/Pack out volunteers must be available either Wednesday 24th or Thursday 25th of November for pack in, (we will also need a small number of pack in volunteers for Friday the 26th of November to help with the artist day set up etc) as well as Monday 29th of November for pack down.  

Festival Weekend Volunteers

All volunteers working over the festival weekend must be available on the 27th & 28th of November as well as for the safety briefing on Friday 26th (held at approximately 6pm, this date will be confirmed in the information pack).  

Ticket Scanners

Working with Ticketek staff & the security team to scan tickets in and out of the festival. Excellent customer service skills required, 18 years of age or older. This position requires standing for long periods and is outdoor.

Information Desk
Assisting visitors during the Festival, providing information, answering questions. Friendly disposition and strong customer service skills required.

General Assistance
This position will have a variety of roles over the course of the event from helping set up stages, loading in/out bands, helping relieve other volunteers for meal breaks, helping with crowd control during shows, ensuring tattoo artists have rubbish bags, water etc along with any other general jobs that may arise. Adaptable disposition and willingness to use initiative required.

Stencil Room
Preparing tattoo stencils for artists and assisting with artists photocopy needs. Need excellent communication skills and attention to detail.

Gate Control
Securing gates and Festival perimeter to ensure unauthorised people or vehicles don’t enter specific areas. Good communication skills required. Outdoor position.

VIP Area
Controlling admission to VIP area. Good communication skills required. Outdoor position. (This position is weather dependent, if it is too wet etc volunteers will be moved to assist in other areas).