Tekko Artist Alley
There will not be an application for Tekko 2021’s Artist Alley. Read our full statement below.
Please email [email protected] with any questions or inquiries.
Hello Artist Alley Supporters!
With the cancellation of Tekko 2020, the Artists that were slated to attend the show were given an option of refunding their tablespace or rolling their tablespace over to the Tekko 2021 dates (July 22-25, 2021). With those options, a vast majority of the Artists had chosen to roll over their tablespace to Tekko 2021.
Due to this, the decision was made to NOT open the Artist Alley application for Tekko 2021 as originally planned before Tekko 2020 was cancelled. We sincerely apologize if this comes as a disappointment to those that wanted to apply for the upcoming year. This was not an easy decision to come to! As we all know the challenges 2020 has brought for everyone, this meant we had to adapt and change our usual process.
What does this mean for any tables that are potentially leftover? We are still in the planning phase of determining the total number of tables that will be in the final layout. Thus, we concluded Artists from the 2020 waitlist will be reached out to fill in any tables as needed. We will not be accepting any applications for 2021 at this time in any capacity.
The application date for Tekko 2022 will not be finalized until after Tekko 2021 has passed. Any other questions regarding Artist Alley may be sent to [email protected] Please be patient as we work through individual communications on these matters!
We thank you for your continuous support of our Artists and our Artist Alley!
Lacey M., Artist Alley Supervisor 2016+
General Artist Alley Information
Applications are juried by the Artist Alley Supervisor and a small group of her trusted peers, we will not be strictly First Come First Serve. Any works of art/product pieces that break any of our rules will result in the entire application being rejected from the get-go.
If the interested Artist is unable to fill out their application due to being at another convention during signups, we do allow for someone else to do it on their behalf. It is the Artist’s responsibility to ensure they give all needed information upon submission. Missing information from the application will subject the application to be skipped over entirely, applications can not be edited after submission.
Once the application closes for the year, any inquiries after the fact are automatically sent to the end of the waitlist and may be subjected to being denied outright if the waitlist is deemed full by the Artist Alley Supervisor, or if the portfolios break any Artist Alley rules.
We do allow tablesharing between different studios! The secondary studio WILL be juried at a later date. Do not submit multiple applications to try to increase your chances of getting in. All applications may be skipped over entirely.
We do NOT allow proxy selling in any capacity. No exceptions, do not ask. All Artists found proxy selling for will be permanently blacklisted if this rule is broken.
1 Table is $100 without badge purchase, 2 Tables are $200 without badge purchase. Badges are NOT included with table purchases. Table prices are subject to change at any time without prior notice. The confirmed price will be included on the application.
Members of Tekko/Sangawa Project/PittJCS staff are ineligible for participation in Artist Alley unless it has been approved before the application is available to fill out.
Abbreviated Artist Alley Rules
The following is an abbreviated list of Tekko Artist Alley rules. All accepted Artists will receive a full set of rules with our informational packet once they pay for their tablespace. This list is to give interested Artists an idea of what to expect within our Artist Alley.
All standard Tekko rules apply within Artists’ Alley.
All Artists must be 18 years old or older as of January 1 st , 2021 to be able to sell within Artist Alley in July. Table assistants must be 16 years old or older to be able to help at the tables.
A tax license is not needed to be shown for signing up/participating in our Artist Alley. It’s an Artist’s own responsibility to obtain a license and file appropriate taxes with Pennsylvania after the show ends (see more info on how to here: https://revenue-pa.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/212 ).
Badges are NOT included in a table purchase. One (1) table will be $100, Two (2) will be $200. This is subject to change at any time without prior notice.
Artists will be given a deadline to purchase their tables once accepted. Artists that fail to pay for their tablespace on time will forfeit their space for the year. You will NOT be permitted to stay on the waitlist or share with another studio if this happens.
Artists can have up to 4 assistants to their tablespace, for a total of 5 persons. 2 tables are not allotted extra assistants. Every person must have their own badge (badge sharing is expressly prohibited).
Artists may request 1 or 2 tables on their applications. Artists may use clothing racks/photo- stands/etc within their tablespace but must make prior arrangements before the convention starts to utilize them. Displays must be sturdy, be no more than 10ft tall from the floor, and not impede on another Artist’s tablespace (which includes hanging prints on the sides of your displays, displays covering another Artist’s booth, blocking walkways, etc). Any displays that are in violation will be asked to be adjusted.
Proxy selling is NOT permitted, you CANNOT sell merchandise on another Artist’s behalf. If you and another Artist collaborated on any merchandise together, you must apply together on the application and subsequently be selling at the same table(s) if accepted.
All work sold within the Artist Alley must have artistic merit and be YOUR OWN works. Anything resembling bootlegs, official merchandise, copying another Artist’s work, anything traced/eyeball copied, etc is expressly prohibited. Splatter Art, Perler Bead art, Resin created art are only accepted if the designs are made from scratch and in no way copy any official works/another Artist. Fan art is OK to sell, but must follow any other rules regarding art. Artists must research what IPs are “ok” to sell and must be compliant with staff if we ask you to remove any offending items that are a no-go (Sanrio, RoosterTeeth, StudioMDHR, to name a few). Reconstructed art is also OK to sell but must show considerable time and skill in creating the items to qualify as being sellable (example – official Pokémon stickers stuck to a plain notebook cover would not be accepted).
Mature (+18) art can be sold but is not allowed to be a part of an Artists main display (we are a family friendly event!). Customers must be ID’ed before purchasing anything Mature (+18), all works need to be in a clearly marked bin/binder. Artists reserve the right to deny any sales they are not comfortable in completing. It is illegal to sell Mature (+18) art to minors under any circumstance. Shotacon and Lollicon related artworks are forbidden to sell in our Artist Alley, no exceptions.
Any Artist that sells cosmetics of any kind must follow the FDA guidelines in regard to labelling and product used to create your cosmetics ( https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/Labeling/Regulations/ucm126444.htm ). Those found in violation will be asked to remove their items from the convention center for the entirety of the weekend.
All Artists will be solely responsible for the durability/legalities of anything they sell at their tablespace. Tekko/PittJCS will not be held accountable or get involved with any issues that arise between Artists and their customers.
Please see the next tabbed area on this page regarding our refund policy! Artists may opt out of their acceptance at any time prior to purchasing their tablespace. Artists that fail to purchase their tablespace on time forfeit their space for that year.
Table Refund and No Show Policy
Table Refund Policy
In the event an Artist has purchased a tablespace and are unable to make it to the current year’s Tekko, we do allow TABLE refunds during specific time frames. Badges are NONREFUNDABLE per the guidelines on our registration section of the website.
Artists are expected to reach out to the Artist Alley Supervisor via email as soon as they know they cannot attend the show. If the paying Artist is unable to email themselves, please have a trusted peer do so on your behalf if the circumstances need it. Timely responses are required to ensure a potential refund can be processed and/or waitlisted Artists can be contacted to fill the tablespace.
Tables are NOT transferrable to future years, or to other artists. You must reapply for a future year in order to be eligible for a table for that year. Tables that open up are offered to those on the waitlist until it is fulfilled. Those that try to circumvent this policy are subjected to being banned from selling within the Exhibition Hall for a minimum of one (1) year.
For 2021, TBD
No Show Policy
If there is a No Show table available when the convention starts, it will be up for sale after 5pm on the Friday of the convention. This is First Come First Serve ; the interested Artist must be ready to pay in cash for the tablespace and sign a contract upon arrival to claim the tablespace, as well as show a quick portfolio to the Artist Alley Supervisor. We do not hold tables for any reason.
You may also want to review the rules and policies outlined on the main exhibition hall page .