Descriptions of the competitions

Important information

- All tattoos on neck, hands and head will not be judged at the competetions - it is according to the law illegal to tattoo on these areas in Denmark.

- It is also illegal to tattoo people under the age of 18 in Denmark.

- We recommend that you, in respect of the art, do not participate in the competitions with designs that have been copied / taken / stolen by other artists.

Best Traditional Tattoo

Simple classic designs in limited primary colors; often black, red, blue, green and yellow. Examples of subjects are sail boats, roses and anchors.

Best Small Tattoo

All styles are welcome. The Tattoo cannot be bigger than a normal balm / hand.

Best Ornamental Tattoo

This category is open towards all tattoos within the ornamental style. It can be celtic, tribal, nordic, inca, polynesian, mandala, geometric motives etc.

Best Oriental Tattoo

This category is open to all types of Asian motives.

Best Color Tattoo

Color tattoos of all kinds, large and small. It may vary in several styles, the only requirement is that the tattoos are in color and that the color scale gives life and dynamics to the subject.

Best Black'n Grey Tattoo

This category covers both Modern Black’n Grey and Classic Black’n Grey tattoos. These tattoos are made with what is called ‘Greywash’, and not with the grey color, but with shades and colors from the grey color scale which creates depth. It may vary in several styles, the requirement is simply, that the tattoos are in black and grey. In this category there are often seen semi-realistic motives, Chicano tattoos etc. There is a strong emphasis on contrast, progress and the “finesse” of the shadow. Note, this category does not contain realistic tattoos and portraits.

Best Neo-traditional Tattoo

Simple classic designs in limited primary colors; often black, red, blue, green and yellow. Examples of subjects are sail boats, roses and anchors.

Best Realistic Tattoo

Naturalistic tattoos and portraits. They can be made in color or black and grey. If possible, bring a photograph of the original artwork/photo that’s has been used for the tattoo. Judges are looking for how much it looks like the artwork/photo, and the dimensions of the image.

Best Large Tattoo

All styles are welcome. The tattoo must be a full armsleeve, legsleeve, chestpiece or backpiece.

Best Tattoo of The Day

This category is open to all types of tattoos, but it MUST be made at Nordic Ink Festival the current year and on the given day. This will be checked.

Best Tattoo of The Show

This category is open to all types of tattoos but it MUST be made at Nordic Ink Festival the current year. This will be checked.

Competition Guidelines

- It is only possible to participate with a tattoo if the studio/tattoo artist is present at Nordic Ink Festival. We have made the choice that the studio/tattoo artist must be present, because we want to support the exhibitioners participating at Nordic Ink Festival.

- Registration for competitions must be handed to the registration stand 15 minutes prior to the start of the competition

- Each tattoo can only enter in one category throughout the convention, with the exception of participating in the “Tattoo of the day” and “Tattoo of the show”. Read specification for “Tattoo of the day” and “Tattoo of the show”.

- Tattoo of the day/show – is open to all types of tattoos. To participate in “Tattoo of the show”, the tattoo has to be made at this year’s Nordic Ink Festival. To participate in “Tattoo of the day”, the tattoo must be made the day you choose to participate

- You cannot participate in a competition if you have previously won a first, second or third place at Nordic Ink Festival. (If you previously have won a first, second or third place in a competition in a category with a certain tattoo you cannot participate with that tattoo.)

- It is very important that you choose to participate in the right competition category, if not you will risk that the judges will give the tattoo 0 points.

Judging Criteria

The complete appearance of the tattoo. Furthermore, the tattoos are judged by the originality of lines, colors, shadows, overall design, flow and movement of the tattoo.

Points

The points will be awarded on a scale from 1-10. In case of a tie between several tattoo artists, the category will be re-judged.