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Ft. Worth’s Zoey Hunter Wins Backpiece Contest Voting!

 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

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Zoey Hunter Backpiece

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Paul Nolin Backpiece

With an enormous surge of votes in the last couple of days, Heart & Soul Tattoo‘s Zoey Hunter (Ft. Worth, Texas) pulls off the win and is awarded a  Micky Sharpz “Hornet” tattoo machine. Paul Nolin from Physical Graffiti (Linden, New Jersey) was second and nabs our latest, 300-page, 7½-pound coffee table book,  “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest”. Patrice Pamphile from Murda Ink 3 (West Babylon, New York) was close behind and will get a copy of Fip Buchanan’s fabulous “Drawing and Designing Tattoo Art.”

Many thanks to those who entered and especially those who voted from all over the U.S., Canada and beyond. The quality of the entries was phenomenal and goes to show that tattoo art keeps getting better all the time.

The winners can be found by clicking their shop names in blue, which will take you to their contact information. By the way, it was encouraging to see that all twenty finalists are members of our Tattoo Shop Directory!

To see all the finalists’ backpieces, click HERE.

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September 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am

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Tattoo Backpiece Finalists and Voting Booth

VOTING CLOSED SEPTEMBER 12th!

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First Prize—the “Hornet”

To me, this is the best kind of tattoo contest, because it involves the most formidable canvas a tattoo artist can work on, a client’s back. All that fabulous skin on which to create. Here’s where a tattoo artist (and their client) really gets to show their worth: The artist, because there is an incredible amount of artistry, planning, design and concentration involved in melting together session after session into a complete, unified work of art; the client, because it hurts like a mofo and sometimes takes years to finish. You don’t just whip off one of these babies in a single session, like they do on TV. I can’t tell you how many big, strong men have quit their backpieces after only a couple sittings… because they just couldn’t take the intensity. There you are, face down on the table, being tortured for hour after hour; it’s a super-human achievement for both people involved. A tribute to the art form. All that said, let’s celebrate by voting for your favorite

The winner gets a Micky Sharpz “Hornet” tattoo machine, second place get’s a copy of our latest, 300-page, 7½-pound coffee table book,  “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest” and third place wins a copy of Fip Buchanan’s fabulous “Drawing and Designing Tattoo Art.”TattooRdTrip-SW-crop

P.S. I’ve sized the images, so, when you click on them,  the entire tattoo and detail are easier to see.

FINALISTS

Miss Heidi, Miss Heidi’s Tattoo, Orlando, Florida

Larry Brogan, Tattoo City, Lockport, Illinois

Joe Lesheski, Beneath the Skin Tattoo, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Zoey Hunter, Heart & Soul Tattoo, Ft. Worth, TexasFip-Buchanan-Book1

Krisi Konvict, Kline Family Ink, Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Jason Lee, NewAge Tattoos, Springfield, Illinois

Eric Cain, Flatland Tattoo, Champaign, Illinos

Ryan “Boomer” Boomhower, Boomer Tattoo, Camas, Washington

Rob Sweet, Ascending Koi Tattoo, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jeff Covell, Twisted Image, Port St. Lucie, Florida

Thor Hernandez, Physical Graffiti, Linden, New Jersey

Adriano Marquez, Supernova Tattoo, Astoria, New York

Steven James, Mata Mata Tattoo, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Eddie Molina, Hand of Fate, Ithaca, New York

Tito Velez, Euphoria Ink Tattoo Studio, Roselle, New Jersey

Adam Rose, Fallen Owl Tattoo, Lakewood, Colorado

Javier Acero, Tattoo & Company, Miami, Florida

Danny Gordey, Ink Machine, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Paul Nolin, Physical Graffiti, Linden, New Jersey

Patrice Pamphile, Murda Ink 3, West Babylon, New York 

VOTING BOOTH CLOSED SEPT. 12th

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Written by Baxter

September 1st, 2014 at 8:23 am

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Tattoo Road Trip Tattoo Backpiece Contest

THE BACK IS THE CANVAS

This tattoo contest is for Tattoo Backpieces. You know, those major, multi-session body art beauties that stay hidden under shirts, jackets, blouses and overcoats, but no one ever sees (except after a few beers or at the beach). Here’s your chance to show off your fabulous handiwork. We collect the entries, post the finalists (along with a Voting Booth) and let the readers choose which one they like the best. Got it? Good. So, what are you waiting for? Enter today!

The first prize is an authentic Micky Sharpz “Hornet” tattoo machine. The second prize is a copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest.” Third prize is Fip Buchanan’s “Drawing and Designing Tattoo Art.”

TattooRdTrip SW cropTATTOO ROAD TRIP—THE BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST

Thirty hand-picked tattoo shops and the work of over one hundred artists are included in this book showcasing the blossoming body art communities in New Mexico and Arizona. Displayed are over 600 color photos of tattoo artistry. Trendsetting artists create a wide range of tattoo art in motifs as diverse as the men and women who receive and appreciate them. The artwork ranges from the small to the large. Classic black and white artistry and modern full color work are featured. Themes captured include natural scenes, animals and birds, flowers, nautical scenes and symbols, Oriental motifs from dragons to geishas, portraits of loved ones, religious art, Day of the Dead motifs, occult symbology, and much more. The artists and their shops are also featured. For anyone with an appreciation of tattoo artistry, this book is for you.

DRAWING & DESIGNING TATTOO ART

Fip Buchanan BookFip Buchanan’s 128-page, $26.99 (cool pricing!) Drawing & Designing Tattoo Art won’t teach you how to operate a tattoo machine, but it will show you, step-by-step, a rewarding, well-organized method, if you do. From choosing the proper graphic tools, to consulting with the client and proper placement of the design, Buchanan shares with the reader the valuable insights and tricks of the trade that has made him one of America’s leading tattoo artists and teachers. With over thirty years hands-on experience as owner of several tattoo shops (including Avalon I & II in San Diego, California), certified blood borne pathogen instructor, international seminar leader (from San Francisco to Beijing), this graduate of the Pittsburgh Art Institute takes you through the “secrets” that made him a leader in everything from skateboard and T-shirt design to gallery-worthy acrylics and murals. Hey, he even worked alongside the legendary Don Ed Hardy, at Ed’s Tattoo City for three years… not to mention being featured in one of our very own coffee table books, Tattoo Road Trip—Southern California. There’s a lot to learn from Fip’s down-to-business commentaries and profusely illustrated gallery of finished designs (from Fip and several other world-class tattooists) to inspire even the most jaded and road-weary skin art professional.

RULES

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The “Hornet”

1. Enter your best photo(s) of a tattoo backpiece that you did or was done unto you. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Send hi-rez  images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line.

3. Include the artist’s name, shop name, city, state and phone number with each entry. If you are the collector entering the photos, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries close Friday, August 29th, 2014.

5. Voting Booth is open Monday September 1st.

Note: The winner of the tattoo machine must be a bona fide tattoo artist working at a legitimate, professional tattoo shop.

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Written by Baxter

August 12th, 2014 at 10:24 am

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Jeff Covell is the “Tattoo Cover-up Contest” Winner!

COVER-UP CONTEST A CRAZY BIG SUCCESS!

The Tattoo Cover-up Contest generated the most votes of any contest we have hosted in the last three years. Wow! And the winner is Jeff Covell, Twisted Image Tattoo, Port Saint Lucie, Florida (41% of the votes). A close second was Wayne Parker, Skin Tight Tattoo, Batavia, Ohio (37%), and third was veteran TRT contestant Rob Rodriguez, Murda Ink III, West Babylon, New York. A Micky Sharpz machine is on the way to Jeff, a cool “Death Before Decaf” hoodie for Wayne and a “Death Before Decaf” T for Rob. Below are some photos of Jeff’s work.

JeffCovellBio3P.S. Just so everyone knows, the Voting Booth was calibrated to accept only one vote per person. If someone receives a lot of votes (like the top two winners did), it might be because: (1) a lot of people like what they saw and voted for the artwork they felt was best; (2) the winning tattoo artists and their shops have an organized fan base and, once the contest started, these fans were alerted and responded accordingly; (3) masked gangsters with black turtle-neck sweaters and funny accents broke into the Poll Daddy headquarters and manually manipulated the voting machines; (4) or some fifteen-year-old hacker got the winners to promise him or her a free tattoo when they turn eighteen.  As for people who bitch and moan about the voting process, I suggest you redirect your negative energy to some of the decisions the Supreme Court has been making lately, or the fact the polar bears have way fewer icebergs to climb on anymore or, even more important, the Keystone project might be approved and run an enormous 2,000-mile-plus Canada-to-Texas pipeline full of crude oil through your neighbor’s backyard. None of that diminishes Jeff Covell’s win and the thrill we get when talented artists like Jeff and Wayne and Larry and Rob  enter our contests and care enough to introduce their fans to our Tattoo Road Trip website.

Note: Click images to enlarge.

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June 28th, 2014 at 9:29 am

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Vote for Your Favorite Tattoo Cover-up Finalist

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

vote2Thank you, thank you, thank you to the person(s) who voted to have a cover-up tattoo contest in the first place… and thank you, thank you, thank you to all who took the time to enter. Now it’s time for you, the readers, to show your appreciation by voting for your favorite. Remember: only one vote per person. The winner  will receive a Micky Sharpz tattoo machine for getting the most votes.

Commentary: Yes, this is another Tattoo Road Trip contest, but not the usual kind where you simply vote for your favorite tattoo design. It’s fairly standard for folks to vote for the tattoo artist who did their ink, a Facebook pal or the artist with whom they work. But this is a cover-up contest, so the finalists should be judged not just on the end result, but how they creatively transformed a bad tattoo into a good one. That takes a special talent. Covering up or “fixing” an ill-conceived design is not so easy. Keep that in mind when you vote, because you can only vote once.

P.S. I’ve sized the images, so, when you click on them,  the entire tattoo and detail are easier to see.

VOTING ENDS ON FRIDAY JUNE 27th

THE FINALISTS

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VOTING ENDS ON FRIDAY JUNE 27th

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Written by Baxter

June 15th, 2014 at 9:20 am

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Cover-up Tattoo Contest Entries Close June 13th!

imagesENTRIES ARE CLOSED

VOTING BOOTH OPENS MONDAY THE 9th

This contest is for faded, badly done, amateurish or just plain terrible tattoos that have been fixed, changed, covered-over, improved or whatever. In order to see the difference (improvement?), we will need a photo of the tattoo before the work was done and a second photo taken after the work was done.

The first prize is an authentic Micky Sharpz tattoo machine. Second prize: A cool “Death Before Decaf” hoodie. Third pride: A “Death before Decaf” T.

You can enter more than once, but you must be a professional tattoo artist to receive the tattoo machine prize. Additional cool prizes will be named later and awarded to the second- and third-place vote-getters.

RULES

1. Enter your best BEFORE & AFTER cover-up photos of the tattoo that was covered-up. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Send hi-rez  images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line.

3. Include the artist’s name, shop name, city, state and phone number with each entry. If you are the collector entering the photos, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries closed Friday, June 13th, 2014.

5. Voting Booth opens Monday, June 16th and closes Friday, June 27th.

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June 7th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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Cover-up Tattoo Contest Entries Close Friday June 13th!

ENTER AND WIN A MICKY!

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This contest is for faded, badly done, amateurish or just plain terrible tattoos that have been fixed, changed, covered-over, improved or whatever. In order to see the difference (improvement?), we will need a photo of the tattoo before the work was done and a second photo taken after the work was done. The first prize is an authentic Micky Sharpz tattoo machine. You can enter more than once, but you must be a professional tattoo artist to receive the tattoo machine prize. Additional cool prizes will be named later and awarded to the second- and third-place vote-getters.

RULES

1. Enter your best BEFORE & AFTER cover-up photos of the tattoo that was covered-up. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Send hi-rez  images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line.

3. Include the artist’s name, shop name, city, state and phone number with each entry. If you are the collector entering the photos, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries close Friday, June 13th, 2014.

5. Voting Booth opens Monday, June 16th and closes Friday, June 27th.

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Written by Baxter

May 31st, 2014 at 8:19 am

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Enter a Cover-up Tattoo and Win a Micky!

ENTER TODAY

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First Prize

This contest is for faded, badly done, amateurish or just plain terrible tattoos that have been fixed, changed, covered-over, improved or whatever. In order to see the difference (improvement?), we will need a photo of the tattoo before the work was done and a second photo taken after the work was done. The first prize is an authentic Micky Sharpz tattoo machine. You can enter more than once, but you must be a professional tattoo artist to receive the tattoo machine prize. Additional cool prizes will be named later and awarded to the second- and third-place vote-getters.

Note: The non-entry, before & after cover-up example below is by Riley Baxter, Pussykat Tattoo, Las Vegas.

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1. Enter your best BEFORE and AFTER cover-up photos of the tattoo that was covered-up. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Send hi-rez  images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line.

3. Include the artist’s name, shop name, city, state and phone number with each entry. If you are the collector entering the photos, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries close Friday, June 13th, 2014.

5. Voting Booth opens Monday, June 16th and closes Friday, June 27th.

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May 19th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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Enter Drawing Contest… Win Money!

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May 18th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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Danny Gordey Wins Color Tattoo Contest!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

The artist garnering the most votes in the Tattoo Road Trip Color Tattoo Contest is Danny Gordey, Ink Machine Tattoo, Edmonton, Alberta. The runner-up is Robert Rodriguez, Murda Ink 3, North Babylon, New York. The prizes are autographed copies of “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest” and “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of Oregon.” Congratulations, Danny and Robert!

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“The Best of the Southwest”

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Tattoo by Robert

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May 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm

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