2018 Tattoo Awards!



It’s time for Motif’s annual tattoo contest. We’d love to have you participate. Please get back to us at admin@motifri.com by Wednesday, January 17

We will put the images online in a survey and expect over 1,000 voters (or more!), based on last year. We will also have critic’s choices this year, selected by a small panel of local artists. We expect voting to end on Feb 7th, and it will be limited to one vote per IP address. Winners will be announced in our annual, collectible tattoo issue, which hits the streets on February 15th. Please limit submissions to one per artist per category. Not all submissions may make the voting, depending on how many we get.

Tattoo Awards: 10 Categories.

We are looking for your best submissions in the following “Best of” categories:

  • Overall: Color
  • Overall: B&W
  • Line Work
  • American Traditional
  • Calligraphy / Typography
  • Geometric
  • Best Character
  • Blackwork
  • Cover Up (please provide before and after)
  • Best Tribute/Memorial

What we need from you:

  • A large / high-res photo of the tattoo
  • The category you’d like it considered for
  • Contact Name
  • Contact Number
  • Contact Email
  • Artist Name


  • Website or FB / DeviantArt/ Instagram/ Other site
  • Shop name
  • Are you the shop owner?
  • A one sentence description of the circumstances around the tattoo (especially helpful for coverup and tribute categories – but not required for any submissions)
  • Tattoo Recipient’s name if have permission

Email your submission to admin@motifri.com! Thank you!!

Here are links to award issues from the last coupla years:

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