Tattoo Art Competition

Vision, imagination, and creativity – the hallmarks of excellent, artist craftsmanship, and we would like our audience to see them live. The 2013 Best Tattoo Contest is one of our favorite and highly anticipated events. Our panel of judges will oversee some of the most fantastic human art work in the following 13 categories:

  • Best Traditional
  • Best Asian Art
  • Best Black & Gray - Small*
  • Best Black & Gray - Large
  • Best Arm/Leg Sleeve
  • Best Realism
  • Best Back/Chest Panel
  • Best Color - Small*
  • Best Color - Large


Prizes will be trophies/Plaques and Cash!!! All entries will be judged on outline, use of color and/or shading, technical execution, overall appeal, use of space on the body, composition, & presentation.

* Small tattoos is 4" x 4" or smaller
† Large tattoos is larger than 4" x 4"

Contest Regulations

Registration for all categories will be held all day up to two (2) hours prior to judging. There will be a $5.00 entry fee per category. This fee applies to all categories, except for "Tattoo of the Show".

Individuals may enter as many categories as possible, however, each tattoo can only be entered once (one category max). A panel of judges will review all tattoos on outline, use of color and/or shading, technical execution, overall appeal, use of space on the body composition and presentation.

There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards with First Place in each categories winning cash prizes and a trophy. All winners will be announced at the event stage.

Tattoo of the Show

No entry fee or pre-registration is required to enter in 'Tattoo of the Show' contest. A call for entries will be made one (1) hour before the competition begins. To be eligible for entry, all tattoos must be completed on the convention floor by an artist registered at the convention. Only one (1) winner will be determined. Both the tattoo enthusiast wearing the tattoo and the artist who created the art will win cash prizes and the title of the 'Best Tattoo of the Show'.

2013 Tattoo Artist Shop Attendees

Below are tattoo artist shops that scheduled to attend this year's convention.

Tattoo Shops From
Restless Valley Ink Merced, Ca
Bay Area Inkspot ∇ Concord, Ca
Calaveras Tat2 Hayward, Ca
Tattoos By Billy Dias Huntington Beach
Electric Needle Room Atwater, Ca
Dos Changos Locos ∇ Modesto, Ca
Exclusive Ink ∇ Salinas, Ca
Separate Ink Tattoo and Piercing King City, Ca
Hard Luck Tattoo Lodi, Ca
Dr. Tattoo Studio Garden Grove, Ca
Hocus Ink Ceres, Ca
Kaos Gallery Tattoo Hollister, Ca
Tatted-up Inc. San Jose, Ca
Ink Fatuation Bakersfield, Ca
Black Rose Tattoo Stockton, Ca
Ink City Tattoo Stockton, Ca
Mrs Katonic Tattoo Modesto, Ca
Tattoo Shops From
Vindicated Tattoo Modesto, Ca
Main Street Tattoo Turlock, Ca
Living Ink Tattoo Tracy, Ca
Tattoos by Dustin Shaw Visalia, Ca
Foundation Tattoo Parlor Modesto, Ca
Philthy Clean Tattoo Berkeley, Ca
Royal Dagger Turlock, Ca
Big Checho San Diego, Ca
Tattoos By Adrian "Spider" Castrejon Anaheim, Ca
American Classic Tattoo Petaluma, Ca
Juan Nunez Tattoo Richmond, Ca
Charlie's Tattoo Shop Santa Ana, Ca
Calculated Punkture Studio Brentwood, Ca

First row, from left to right: Art work by Matthew Davis, Mario Cordova, Earl Nixon

Second row, from left to right: Art work by Juan Gonzales, Guilllermo, Audie