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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.

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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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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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Written by Baxter

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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May 31st, 2014 at 8:19 am

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Enter a Cover-up Tattoo and Win a Micky!

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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.

photo 2RULES

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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May 2nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm

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Color Tattoo Contest Finalists and Voting Booth!

voting-boothVOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE TODAY!

Thanks to everyone who entered the color tattoo contest. Not everyone made the finals, but the ones who did would love to have your vote, so they can win a copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of Oregon” or “Tattoo Road Trip—The Best of the Southwest” (out in May). Remember, the voting booth is calibrated to accept only one vote per person… so vote wisely. The voting booth is open for two weeks and closes on Friday, May 2nd.

FINALISTS

• Robert Rodriguez, Murda Ink 3, North Babylon, New York

• Andy Clemer

• Danny Gordey, Ink Machine Tattoo, Edmonton, Alberta

• Brandon Breedon

• Shaun Nel, King’s Avenue Tattoo, Massapequa, New York

• Gianni Orlandini from Grosseto, Italy

• Javi, Tattooed Theory Customs, Hialeah Gardens, Florida

• Anthony Hunter, Victorian Tattoo, Honolulu, Hawaii

• Kenny Reynolds, Big Bear Tattoo, St. Peters, Missouri

• Bob Bayer, Big Bear Tattoo, St. Peters, Missouri

• Chris O’Donnell, King’s Avenue Tattoo, Massapequa, New York

• Julio Arroyo, Victorian Ink, Elizabeth, New Jersey

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April 19th, 2014 at 7:31 am

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Tattoo Road Trip Color Tattoo Contest

WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY!

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TATTOO ROAD TRIP—THE BEST OF THE SOUTHWEST (Arizona and New Mexico)

By Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

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.

Available May 2014 |  Size: 12″ x 12″ | 612 color photos | 304 pp | Binding: hard cover  | $80COVER-crop-8001-226x300

TATTOO ROAD TRIP—THE BEST OF OREGON

By Bob Baxter and Mary Gardner

It is said that Oregonians have more body art per capita than any state in the union. Bob Baxter and his wife, Mary Gardner, have carefully vetted and selected forty-four of the best shops out of hundreds in their home state in order to expand and improve their already vast online tattoo shop directory. Spending three months on the road and traveling nearly a thousand miles, they visited each location, interviewed the owners, and photographed the shops’ finest and most loyal clients. The result is the fifth installment in the Tattoo Road Trip series, a captivating, regional tattoo compendium and day-by-day account of the couple’s adventures on the road in the Beaver State, from top to bottom, along the coast and inland. This one-of-a-kind collection of tattoos and tattoo artists is an essential component to the enthusiast’s understanding of the tattoo scene in this majestic Pacific Northwestern state.

Size: 12″ x 12″ | 908 color photos & 29 drawings | 320 pp | Binding: hard cover  | $80

CONTEST RULES

1. Enter your original Color Tattoo, any subject, any size, any color. Multiple entries are okay.

2. Contest is open to the artists who did the tattoo or the collector who wears it (even if they are already featured in one of the Tattoo Road Trip books).

3. Send hi-rez  JPEG images to baxter@tattooroadtrip.com. Type “Tattoo Contest” in the subject line or send to: Tattoo Road Trip, Box 69, 2149 Cascade, Suite 106-A, Hood River, OR  97031.

4. Include artist name, shop name, city, state and phone number of the artist who did the work.

4. Entries close Friday, April 18th.

5. The Voting Booth will open on Monday, April 21st, 2014 and remain open for two weeks and close on Friday, May 2nd. (At this time all the artwork will be posted, along with the artist and shop names.)

• First Prize: Autographed copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—”The Best of the Southwest”

Second Prize: Autographed copy of “Tattoo Road Trip—”The Best of Oregon”

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March 30th, 2014 at 10:45 am

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Eric Johnson’s Prize from Waste of Talent

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It was hard fought all the way, but Eric Johnson of No Guts No Glory Tattoo, in Lincoln City, Oregon, made a last-minute dash to the finish line and was declared the winner of our Tattoo Flash Contest, back in January. Winning a custom-made, hand-tooled, leather tattoo presentation portfolio (valued at $450), from Heather Bleser at Waste of Talent, Eric and Heather collaborated on the final design. After a record-breaking number of votes, here’s a photo of the hand-made, custom-designed portfolio that Eric won. Cool, eh?

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March 11th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

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