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$10,000
CASH Prize to Best of Show @ Tattoo City

****** Tattoo of the Day is for work done from start to finish on that day only.
Best of Show has to be done start to finish at the convention ****

Tattoo Contest $10 Entry Fee

Friday Tattoo Contest
Judging begins at 10 PM

Tattoo of the Day (Color)
Tattoo of the Day (Black & Gray)

Saturday Tattoo Contest

Judging starts at 5 PM


Small Color (4"x 5" or smaller)
Medium Color (6"x 8" area)
Large Color (Up to 8.5" x 11")
XL Color (Over 8.5" x 11")
Small Black & Gray (4"x 5" smaller)
Medium Black & Gray (6" x 8" area)
Large Black & Gray (Up to 8.5" x 11")

XL Black & Gray (Over8.5"x11"")

Best Portrait (Color) Must have reference photo

Best Portrait (Black & Gray) Must have reference photo

Best Traditional

Best New School

Most Unusual

Best Lettering

Best Sports Tattoo

Best Military Tattoo

Best Anime 

 

10 PM

Tattoo of the Day (Color)
Tattoo of the Day (Black & Gray)

Piercing Contest

Saturday Only

Judging from 1pm - 5pm

Most Piercings

Largest Hole

Rarest Piercing

Winner announced on stage during Tattoo contest

Sunday Tattoo Contest

Judging begins at 5 PM


Sleeve (Female)

Sleeve (Male)
Hand/Neck Tattoo
Asian/Japanese
Leg Sleeve (female)

Leg Sleeve (male)
Chest Piece
Back Piece
Best Cover Up (with before picture) 

Best Collection (Male)

Best Collection (Female)

 

7 PM

Tattoo of the Day (Color)
Tattoo of the Day (Black & Gray)
Best in Show 

(Best of Show will be judged immediately after Tattoo of the Day Sunday.  There is only one winner.  Collaborations are allowed.)

Signup for these contests ends 30 minutes before judging starts

Here are the details for each of the tattoo contest categories at "Tattoo City Tat Con":

 

*. Small Color (4"x 5" or smaller):

   - Collectors and/or Tattoo artists compete by showcasing their best color tattoos with a size limit of 4"x 5" or smaller.

 

*. Medium Color (6"x 8" area):

   - This category allows for a slightly larger area, with a maximum size of 6"x 8", for color tattoos.

 

*. Large Color (Up to 8.5" x 11"):

   - Collectors and/or Artists can create color tattoos within an area of up to 8.5"x 11" for this category.

 

*. XL Color (Over 8.5" x 11"):

   - This category is for extra-large color tattoos that exceed the dimensions of 8.5"x 11".

 

*. Small Black & Gray (4"x 5" or smaller):

   - Collectors and/or Tattoo artists compete by showcasing their best black and gray tattoos with a size limit of 4"x *" or smaller.

 

*. Medium Black & Gray (6"x 8" area):

   - This category allows for a slightly larger area, with a maximum size of 6"x 8", for black and gray tattoos.

 

*. Large Black & Gray (Up to 8.5" x 11"):

   - Collectors and/or Artists can create black and gray tattoos within an area of up to 8.5"x 11" for this category.

*. XL Black & Gray (Over 8.5" x 11"):

   - This category is for extra-large black and gray tattoos that exceed the dimensions of 8.5"x 11".

*. Best Portrait (Color) - Must have a reference photo:

   - Collectors and/orArtists compete in this category by entering color portraits based on realism reference photos.

*. Best Portrait (Black & Gray) - Must have a reference photo:

    - This category is for black and gray portraits based on realism reference photos.

*. Best Traditional:

    - Collectors and/or Artists showcase their best tattoos done in traditional tattooing style, which typically includes bold lines, limited color palette, and classic themes.

*. Best New School:

    - This category celebrates tattoos that represent the modern and vibrant New School tattooing style, characterized by bold and exaggerated designs with a wide range of colors.

*. Most Unusual:

    - In this category, artists and collectors get creative and present their most unique and unconventional tattoo designs.

*. Best Lettering:

    - This category focuses on tattoos that feature outstanding and visually appealing lettering, such as script, calligraphy, or any creative use of text.

*. Best Sports Tattoo:

    - Collectors and/or Artists compete by entering tattoos related to sports themes, including sports teams, athletes, or iconic sports imagery.

*. Best Military Tattoo:

    - This category honors tattoos that pay tribute to the military, including designs related to armed forces, veterans, and patriotic symbols.

*. Best Anime:

    - Collectors and/or Artists showcase their skills by entering tattoos inspired by anime characters, scenes, or artwork.:

*. Sleeve (Female):

   - Female contestants showcase their full-arm sleeve tattoos. Sleeve tattoos are large, intricate designs that cover the entire arm.

*. Sleeve (Male):

   - Male contestants compete in this category, showcasing their full-arm sleeve tattoos.

*. Hand/Neck Tattoo:

   - Collectors and/or Artists enter their tattoos located on the hands or neck, which are often visible and require skill and precision due to their prominent placement.

*. Asian/Japanese:

   - This category focuses on tattoos inspired by Asian or specifically Japanese tattooing styles, which often include traditional motifs and symbolism.

*. Leg Sleeve (Female):

   - Female contestants showcase their full-leg sleeve tattoos, which cover the entire leg with intricate designs.

*. Leg Sleeve (Male):

   - Male contestants compete in this category, showcasing their full-leg sleeve tattoos.

*. Chest Piece:

   - Collectors and/or Tattoo artists present their best tattoos that cover the chest area, which may include single large designs or a combination of smaller tattoos.

*. Back Piece:

   - This category features large tattoos that cover the entire back or a significant portion of it, often with intricate and detailed designs.

*. Best Cover-Up (with before picture):

   - In this category, Collectors and/or artists enter their  cover up old or unwanted tattoos with new, creative designs. They typically present both the before picture of the original tattoo and the after picture of the cover-up work.

*. Best Collection (Male):

    - Male contestants present a collection of their tattoos that showcase their diverse skills, creativity, and range of styles.

*. Best Collection (Female):

    - Female contestants compete in this category, presenting a collection of their tattoos that highlight their talent and versatility.


 

Tattoo of the Day Contest Rules:

  • Start to Finish: Tattoos entered in the "Tattoo of the Day" contest must be started and completed on the same day during the convention. No pre-existing work or touch-ups done outside of the event are allowed.

  • Timeframe: The tattoo must be completed within the hours of the convention on the day it is entered into the contest.

  • Documentation: The artist must document the tattooing process with photos taken throughout the day, showing the progress from start to finish.

  • No Misleading Information: Artists must provide accurate information about the tattoo's creation and refrain from misleading the judges or the audience about the tattoo's origin or completion process.

Best of Show Contest Rules:

  • Start to Finish at the Convention: Tattoos entered in the "Best of Show" contest must be started and completed entirely during the duration of the convention. No pre-existing work or touch-ups done outside of the event are allowed.

  • Documentation: The artist must document the tattooing process with photos taken throughout the convention, showing the progress from start to finish.

  • Transparency and Integrity: Artists must be transparent and honest about the origin and completion of the tattoos they enter in the "Best of Show" contest. Misleading information about the tattoo's creation will result in disqualification.

These rules aim to maintain fairness, authenticity, and integrity in the contests, ensuring that the artwork being judged truly represents the talent and skills of the artists. Having clear guidelines and documentation can help prevent any misleading or dishonest practices, making the competitions more reputable and enjoyable for everyone involved.

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