To register for a contest, please visit the front lobby on the day of the show

If you would like to enter your tattoo in one of the many competition categories, simply sign up at the left side main stage prior to the competitions starting. Registration for each tattoo category is $10 (non-refundable), Tattoo of the Day and Best of Show entry is $20.

  • No bloody tattoo (make sure it is clean)
  • Make sure not to let the judge know who is your artists
  • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be given for most categories.
  • Be sure to be present 30 minutes prior to competing. No refunds for no shows!
  • Tattoos may be healed or fresh to enter tattoo competitions.

By entering Ink Mania Expo LLC and Ink Mania Tattoo Competitions you release Ink Mania LLC. of any and all legalities stemming from copyrighted tattoos, artwork, material or anything in regards to copyrighted tattoos, photographs, clothing or anything else deemed copyrighted or trademarked.

Friday Contest Schedule

Registration: 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Category Contest: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Best of the Day Registration: 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Best of the Day: 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Friday Contest Categories

BEST ORIGINAL FLASH SHEET [1st PLACE ONLY]
BEST FINE ART PAINTING [1st PLACE ONLY]
BEST BLACK & GREY INFUSED WITH COLOR TATTOO [ANY SIZES FRESH/HEALED]
BEST BLACK & GREY ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]
BEST BLACK & GREY ALL SIZES TATTOO [HEALED TATTOO
BEST COLOR ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]
BEST COLOR ALL SIZES TATTOO [HEALED TATTOO FROM ANYWHERE]
BEST TRADITIONAL TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST ANIMATION TATTOO [ALL STYLES FRESH / HEALED]
BEST DARK CANVAS BLACK & GREY TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BETS DARK CANVAS COLOR TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST FINE LINE TATTOO
BEST SCRIPT TATTOO [HEALED / FRESH]

BEST OF THE DAY
(If you win Best of the Day it’s free to enter Best of Show on Sunday)

Saturday Contest Schedule

Registration: 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Category Contest: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Best of the Day Registration: 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Best of the Day: 10:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday Contest Categories

BEST DARK CANVAS BLACK & GREY TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST DARK CANVAS COLOR TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST DARK CANVAS TRIBAL / POLYNESIAN TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST SMALL BLACK AND GRAY TATTOO [UNDER 8X8 FRESH / HEALED]
BEST LARGE BLACK AND GRAY TATTOO [OVER 8X8 FRESH / HEALED]
BEST SMALL COLOR TATTOO [UNDER 8X8 FRESH / HEALED]
BEST LARGE COLOR TATTOO [OVER 8X8 FRESH / HEALED]
BEST ORIENTAL TRADITIONAL OR MODERN TATTOO [TAKES ON EAST ASIAN THEMES TRADITIONAL OR MODERN TAKES ON EAST ASIAN THEMES]
BEST SLEEVE TATTOO [ARM OR LEG NEEDS TO HAVE A THEME]
BEST BACK PIECE TATTOO [FULL BACK PIECE ONLY ALLOW]
BEST CHEST PIECE TATTOO [FULL CHEST PIECE]
BEST HAND / FOOT TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST FACE / HEAD TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST AVANT GARDE TATTOO [ANY SIZE PERMITTED AND CAN BE IN MONOCHROME OR COLOR. TATTOO STYLE: COLLAGE, ABSTRACT, MASH UP STYLES.]
BEST COLOR PORTRAIT TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST BLACK AND GRAY PORTRAIT TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST NEO TRADITIONAL TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST ORNAMENTAL / GEOMETRIC TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST FLORAL TATTOO [FRESH / HEALED]
BEST COVER-UP TATTOO [MUST HAVE BEFORE PIC | HEALED ONLY]
BEST BLACK AND GRAY ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]
BEST COLOR ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]

BEST OF THE DAY
(If you win Best of the Day it’s free to enter Best of Show on Sunday)

Sunday Contest Schedule

Registration: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Category Contest: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Best of the Day Registration: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Best of the Day: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sunday Contest Categories

BEST BLACK AND GREY ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]
BEST COLOR ALL SIZES TATTOO [FRESH TATTOO FROM THE SHOW ONLY]
BEST BLACK AND GREY ALL SIZES TATTOO [HEALED TATTOO FROM ANYWHERE]
BEST COLOR ALL SIZES TATTOO [HEALED TATTOO FROM ANYWHERE]
BEST TRIBAL / POLYNESIAN [HEALED / FRESH]
BEST SALVADOR DALI TATTOO [HEALED / FRESH | WIN TICKETS TO DALI]
BEST COLLABORATION TATTOO [1st PLACE ONLY | 2 TROPHIES SHOW ARTISTS ONLY WIN INK MANIA SHIRT]
BEST FULL BODY FEMALE TATTOO [1st PLACE ONLY | TICKETS TO DALI MUSEUM]
BEST FULL BODY MALE TATTOO [1 ST PLACE ONLY | TICKETS TO DALI MUSEUM]
BEST BOOTHS [CHINO’S CHOICE]

BEST OF THE DAY
BEST OF SHOW

(If you did not win Tattoo of the Day you can not enter for Best of Show. Only winners from Best of Show or new tattoos done during Ink Mania can enter the Best of Show)

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