Colorado Tattoo Competition

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25th Annual Colorado Tattoo Competition

Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center

Colorado Springs, CO

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Come Show Us Your Ink!

This is the LARGEST and longest standing Exposition of personal Body Art in the state of Colorado!

Held annually in memory of Uncle Bud Yates, the events founder, this competition has grown in popularity over the past two decades and now boasts hundreds of entries from folks from many states all over the Nation.

Several local studios support the event thru sponsorship. Without these sponsoring studios, the competition would not happen. We salute these business men and women and their artists for their support.

Custom awards are given out in 10 updated categories (1st thru 3rd place) plus the coveted Best of Show trophy. In addition, each artist of each winning piece gets a custom made award for their studio.

The competition fills up quickly and often, certain categories fill to capacity and late entries can't be accommodated, so REGISTER EARLY!

Check out the 2017 video promo

March 6, 2016 photos by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette

March 6, 2016  Tattoo artists gather in Colorado Springs show off their artistic talents. Video Journalist Wade Walker/The Gazette shows you inside this world of body art.

For more information call Pro Promotions at 719.487.8005

March 8, 2015 coverage: Rick Schroeder took some GREAT pics:  facebook link here  ←
"Posted up some pics of the show... feel free to tag yourselves in any of them. Great show!" article and 40 photos:
" Eclectic canvases on display at annual Colorado Springs motorcycle, tattoo event "


  • Maximum size 8” by 10” Except Sleeve & Large (over 80 sq inches).
  • Cannot enter same tattoo in more than one category.
  • Entry Fee: $10.00 per tattoo each category.
  • Prior First Place Winners cannot enter same tattoo again in the same category.
  • All tattoos must be healed, wear appropriate clothing to show your art.

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10 Categories:
  1. Best Color
  2. Best Color Sleeve
  3. Best Asian Theme
  4. Best Black & Gray
  5. Best Black & Gray Sleeve
  6. Most Traditional
  7. Best Portrait (Black & Gray or Color)
  8. Best LARGE Tattoo
  9. Most Patriotic
  10. Best Cover-Up (with clear Before & After photo)

Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center
3650 N Nevada Ave,Colorado Springs, CO

Lodging in the area:

  • LaQuinta Inn - 4385 Sinton Rd 719.528.5060
  • Quality Inn - 555 Garden of the Gods Rd 866.611.6769
  • Motel 6 - 3228 N Chestnut St 719.520.5400
  • Econo Lodge - 430 Garden of the Gods Rd 719.532.1010
  • Days Inn - 4610 Rusina Rd 719.598.1700
  • Super 8 - 3270 N Chestnut St 719.632.2681

In addition to the class and artist awards Affordable Medical Supply is adding gift bags & certificates for the winners!


Events Calendar

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Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum

5867 N. Nevada Ave. - 2nd floor
Check out the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum website!

Without the support of our generous 2017 sponsors, the tattoo competitions in Colorado Springs would not be possible.

Many thanks to these fine studios!

1833 North Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, Co 80909

Buckin Tattoo
6825 Silver Pond Heights - Suite 111
Black Forest, Colorado 80908
(719) 494-0707

Tats by Cassidy Blessing
(an artist at Nostalgia Tattoo Co.)
118 n.Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Castle Rock Tattoo and Laser Removal

“Cactus Jack” (Ryan) owner

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Nostalgia Tattoo Co.
118 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 434-8882
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Pens & Needles Custom Tattoo Company
716 North Weber Street - Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 287-5605

Sinners & Saints Tattoo
1932 S Academy Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
(719) 358-9991

Scott Munday  

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Sinister Tattoos
2216 E Platte Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Spellbound Electric Tattoo
201 N Santa Fe Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 545-9000

Tattoo X
511 Security Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80911
(719) 217-7676