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December 19th, 2014 at 10:13 am

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Drawing for an Infinite Irons Tattoo Machine


We will pluck the winning entry out of a hat on Christmas Eve! It could be you!

SEND THIS…                                  WIN THIS!


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Written by Baxter

December 15th, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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Free Drawing for an Infinite Irons Tattoo Machine


Note: Click on images to enlarge Infinite Iron’s red and the green KRAMPUS machines.




If you are a tattoo artist or have a tattoo artist on your Christmas gift list, you can enter our drawing for a fabulous Infinite Irons hand-made, custom-designed $425 tattoo machine from Joey Desormeaux. And not just any hand-made, custom-designed tattoo machine. You can win a hand-made, custom-designed Krampus shader or a Krampus liner!

What is a KrampusKrampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.

Each specially-designed Infinite Irons Krampus tattoo machine features the ugly beastie’s image emblazoned on the side, to remind you to be extra nice during the holiday season. As you might guess, the prizes will only be awarded to legitimate tattoo artists, so one of Joey’s amazingly beautiful irons doesn’t end up in the hands of a poser or, worse yet, a nasty scratcher!



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The two winners will be decided by a drawing which will be done on Christmas eve. The top two entries will be plucked from a fish bowl at the stroke of midnight. Each of the two winners will receive an Infinite Irons Krampus machine, a liner for one and a shader for the other.

1. Fill out and send a postcard like the sample (on the right). No digital or email entries accepted… but a piece of white paper in a plain white envelope is O.K.

2. Two prize tattoo machines (one per winner) will be awarded.

3. Deadline for entries is Christmas eve, 2014

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Written by Baxter

December 9th, 2014 at 4:22 pm

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Win an Infinite Irons Tattoo Machine for the Holidays


Tune in next week for a holiday contest that anyone can enter. Win a fabulous Infinite Irons tattoo machine, hand-crafted just for you (or your favorite tattoo artist) by Joey D. It will be a few days until Joey and his elves are finished building the prize winning machine, but as soon as it’s done, we’ll print the details of the contest. We’ll have more next week, so keep checking back… and be sure to tell your friends.

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Written by Baxter

December 2nd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Patrice Pamphile Wins Tattoo Flash Contest


Flip Leu design tote bag


First Prize: Patrice Pamphile, Murda Ink 3, West Babylon, New York

Second Prize: Capt. Don Leslie, The Great Sideshow in the Sky, Tattoo Heaven

Third Prize: Max Tucker, Natchitoches Tattoo Shop, Natchitoches, Louisiana

Patrice wins a Filip Leu hoodie and assorted clothing from Ama Leu. The late Capt. Don’s flash was entered by an anonymous friend, who will receive the beautiful Horihide book and Max Tucker will receive a collection of cool greeting cards Fromm  Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, everyone who entered and everyone who voted.

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Written by Baxter

November 29th, 2014 at 9:14 am

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Tattoo Flash Contest Voting Booth


Not a lot of qualified entries (several arrived from folks who can’t draw), but the prizes are terrific, so we’re forging ahead. The voting booth will be open for two weeks (closes on Friday, November 28th). Tell your friends, tell the guy with the funky anchor tattoo that lives in the apartment next door… vote today! Vote once, but vote! It means a lot to these flashers to get your support.


1st Prize / Ama Leu


2nd Prize / Horihide


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• Derek Dufresne, Fleshworks Tattoo, Victoria, B.C.

• Max Tucker, Natchitoches Tattoo Shop, Natchitoches, Louisiana

• Norberto Lopez, Tattoo Club Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

• Capt. Don Leslie, The Great Sideshow in the Sky, Tattoo Heaven

Note: Click images to enlarge.

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Written by Baxter

November 14th, 2014 at 11:08 am

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Tattoo Flash Contest Deadline Extended!


Flash by Big Josh


What’s with the artists out there! So much talent, but when it comes to exhibiting their flash, it’s like pulling hen’s teeth to get entries for a flash contest. The same thing happened years ago, when I edited Skin&Ink magazine. We promoted the blazes out of a flash contest and, even though we had terrific prizes, only a couple entries trickled in. They were amazing entries, I’ll give you that, but our mailbox was virtually empty. Maybe it’s because artists don’t want to publish their flash and so others can’t steal their ideas. I understand that. But surely there’s an old sample of artistry sitting in a drawer, a piece of art that’s hasn’t seen the light of day in years. Enter that. Or just send in one drawing. Whatever, we have enough for a contest already, but it would be so cool to showcase more examples and publicize the artist’s name and shop (we post all that with the entries). In any case, tell your friends and tell your artists to send their fabulous flash to Prizes include a Flip Leu designed hoodie, a terrific book of Horihide paintings and box of tattoo greeting cards from For full contest rules, click HERE.

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Written by Baxter

November 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

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TRT’s Tattoo Flash Contest



First Prize

Every couple of months we post a new tattoo contest with cool prizes… and here’s the current one. The last contest featured Backpieces and the winner Zoey Hunter from Ft. Worth, Taxas) received a Micky Sharpz tattoo machine as first prize. This time it’s a genuine Ama Leu hoodie featuring a one-of-a-kind design by her famous brother, Filip. Also included is a canvas tote bag (featuring a replica of the Filp’s hoodie design) and several T-shirts with various intriguing patterns (some in kid’s sizes).


Second Prize

The follow-up prize is a copy of the 126-page coffee table book from The Netherland’s  LM Publishers, “Horihide—Celebrating the Life and Work of Kazuo Oguri” by Yushi Takei.

This large format volume features introductions in both English and Japanese, plus further intros by Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher, Doc Forest and Bill Loika. Add to that, page after page of photocopies from Horihide’s Tokai Tattoo Club newsletters, containing tons of far-out info about the Japanese tattoo scene and mucho photos that most Westerners have not been privy to. But, let’s face it, the main feature of this big, 9½ by 12½ volume is the 72 full-page reproductions of Horihide’s full-color paintings of mythological Japanese characters. This rare, hard-to-find collection will be the highlight of any tattoo artist’s or collector’s reference library. It’s also an engrossing page-turner of rare, hard-to-find information. A must-have book, if there ever was one.

Third prize is a box of 40 fabulous greeting cards from Mr. P at Our favorite!

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Third Prize


1.Enter jpegs of your TATTOO FLASH. Multiple entries are okay. You can enter a single image or a traditional sheet(s) with multiple images.

2. Send hi-rez images to 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 a collector or illustrator entering the flash, include your contact information, too.

4. Entries close Friday, November 14th, 2014.

5. Voting Booth is open Tuesday, November 18th.

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Written by Baxter

October 15th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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


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Zoey Hunter Backpiece


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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Written by Baxter

September 13th, 2014 at 8:59 am

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Tattoo Backpiece Finalists and Voting Booth



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.


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 


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Written by Baxter

September 1st, 2014 at 8:23 am

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