Tattoo Competitions & Awards

Tattoo Competitions & Awards

Hell City Tattoo Festival

“Enter Your Skin to Win” custom Hell City awards!

If you would like to enter your tattoo in one of the many competition categories, simply sign up at the main stage prior to the competitions starting. Registration for each tattoo is $15 which is non refundable & Tattoo of the Day is free if you are an attending Hell City artist. If you are entering your tattoo, it must be fully healed or it will not be judged, see rules below.

Those who take home Hell City awards will take their place upon the Hell City Podium O’ Death during the awards ceremonies. Contest winners will also be photographed on the Podium O’ Death for magazine coverage and be posted in Hell City website photos. Custom Hell City awards will be given to winners by Official Hell City Hotties.

All competitions are as impartial as humanly possible. No sore losers please!!

LIVE @ MAIN STAGE – EVERYDAY

Competition Schedule

Friday

12 pm – 4 pm – Tattoo Competition Registration – $15 per entry- (Register at Main Stage)

4 pm – 6 pm – Competitions – (Main Stage)

*Best Asian Tattoo
*Best New School – NEW CATEGORY!
*Best Biomech / Organic
*Most Unusual / Weird
*Tattoo Of The Day Contest

9 pm – 10 pm – *Tattoo Of The Day Contest – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main Stage)
10 pm – Tattoo Awards Given – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main Stage)

Saturday

12 pm – 3 pm – Tattoo Competition Registration – $15 per entry- (Register at Main Stage)

3 pm – 6 pm – Competitions – (Main Stage)

*Best Neo-Traditional
*Best Small Color
*Best Small Black & Grey – (includes tribal)
*Best Arm/Leg Sleeve
*Best Backpiece / Chest Panel
*Worst Tattoo

*Tattoo Of The Day Contest

9 pm – 10 pm – Tattoo Of The Day Contest – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main Stage)
10 pm – Tattoo Awards Given – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main Stage)

Sunday

12 pm – 3 pm – Tattoo Competition Registration – $15 per entry- (Register at Main Stage)

3 pm – 6 pm – Competitions – (Main Stage)

*Best Large Color
*Best Large Black & Grey – (includes tribal)
*Best Portrait – (color or b&g)
*Best Overall Female
*Best Overall Male

*Artist of Show
*Best Wet Painter
*Top 3 Hell City Hotties Winners

*Tattoo Of The Day Contest

6 pm – 7pm – Tattoo Of The Day Contest – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main Stage)
7 pm – 8 pm – Tattoo Awards Given – one of a kind custom HC awards given to winners by Hell City Hotties – (Main stage)

Competition Judge Program

Hell City Tattoo Festival

“Hellaciously Good Judges”

A panel of carefully selected tattoo artists will judge the tattoo competition. Experienced Judges will join us again this year to judge the hundreds of amazing tattoos that will enter to win one of a kind awards. Their expert opinion and outlook on the art of tattooing is respected worldwide, which really makes them “One Hell Of Good Judges” at this years tattoo competitions! We always carefully choose the perfect judges every year at Hell City, which has brought legendary artists to the main stage for some intense tattoo judging.

Hell City uses state of the art computer judging programs that judge different artistic aspects of tattoos. Hell City along with Solin Systems has developed this web based service for judging competitions accurately and fairly. This software has been such a success that various tattoo conventions and other trade shows are using this system for their own competitions of all types, from tattoos to cars, to toys, to any style of competition that needs to be judged. Hell City helped pioneer this state of the art technology to judge tattoo competitions this way. Hell City is the only tattoo convention using this technology to judge tattoo competitions in this way. This state of the art judging makes all contestants judged fairly and accurately.

The competing tattoos will be displayed to the attendees on a large screen and will be announced over a P.A. system to keep attendees informed on details of the competing tattoos. Live results will also be published over RSS. All competitions are as impartial as humanly possible. No sore losers please!!

JUDGES AT HELL CITY OHIO 2017


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Other Guest Judges:

  • TBA

JUDGES AT HELL CITY PHOENIX 2017


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Other Guest Judges:

  • TBA

Hell City Hotties

Hell City Tattoo Festival

Official Trophy PinUp Girls at Hell City!

Hell City will be choosing girls from both the Midwest as well as West Coast for the Ohio and the Phoenix festivals. We will be holding a tattooed trophy girl contest to give beautiful tattooed women the opportunity to get on the Hell City main stage to hand out trophies as well as presenting various awards over the weekend of Hell City.

Submit entries to become a Hell City Hottie HERE!

Click HERE to get more information on how to become a Hell City Hottie!

NEOTAT – Official competition & trophy sponser

Custom Hell City Trophies from Previous Years

Tattoo of the Day Prize from Body of Work

Body of Work​ will be giving away a synthetic tattooable body product to each “Tattoo Of The Day” winners as well as the “Best in Show” winner!

Contest Rules & Info

BY ENTERING TATTOO COMPETITIONS, YOU AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING HELL CITY TERMS & CONDITIONS

*** 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place awards will be given for most categories. 1st place winners also receive an Official HC Medallion in addition to their custom award!
*** Contest registration is at the main stage prior to competitions.
*** You CAN NOT enter your tattoo into more than 2 categories/ You can only enter the same tattoo twice, no exceptions.
*** It will cost $15 to enter each category. The entry fee is NON REFUNDABLE!! Tattoo Of The Day is free to enter!!
*** Be sure to be present 30 minutes prior to competing. No refunds for no shows!
*** Tattoos must be FULLY HEALED in order to enter tattoo competitions except for Tattoo Of The Day.
*** Tattoo Of The Day tattoos must be properly cleaned up and presentable (i.e. not seeping or bleeding).
*** Tattoo Of The Day is free to enter! You must have your tattoo done by an Attending HC Tattoo Artist that day of the fest.
*** Tattoo of the Day will have only one trophy that will be given daily.
*** Hell City is not responsible for any damaged items entered in competitions, or hurt feelings resulting from competitions.

*** By entering Hell City and Hell City Tattoo Competitions you release Hell City Ltd. 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.

*** Hell City Ltd. is not legally responsible for attendees falsifying artist information upon registration or during competitions.

** If a tattoo artist or creator of tattoo artwork does not want their work to be entered in competitions, photographed, displayed or any other visual appreciation at Hell City, it is their legal responsibility to let the client/ wearer know this and take appropriate actions to ensure that the client does not enter competitions. The client takes full responsibility for future legalities stemming from such an issue and holds Hell City harmless.
*** Any and all photos taken of tattoos at Hell City by official Hell City Tattoo Festival photographers are solely the property of Hell City Ltd.