2013 Colorado Tattoo Competition Results

21st Annual Colorado Tattoo Competition Results

(March 17, 2013)

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Best Color

  1. David Nash "Eagle, Koi, Snake &Apple" L .Leg

    Artist/Studio-Brian Burkey – Blue Rose Tattoo, Denver, CO

  2. Kristen "Elmer the elephant" L. Arm

    Artist/Studio – Jim Karanik. – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  3. Cassidy Blessings "Baby Turtle" l. Rib

    Artist/Studio – PL Serano – Rock A Billy Tattoo, FL.

Best Color Sleeve

  1. Josh "Travel" L. Leg

    Artist/Studio-Slinger – Jim Karanik. – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  2. Pete Valdez "300 Sleeve" R. Arm

    Artist/Studio – Mr. Scary – Nostalgia Tattoo CO., 118 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 – (719)434-8882

  3. Leon "Koi" R. Arm

    Artist/Studio- Sean- Timeless Body Art. 855 Garden of the Gods Rd W, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 - (719) 237-5553

Best Asian Theme

  1. Tony "Cameo " Japanese Warrior" Back

    Artist/Studio – Anthony – Pens & Needles Tattoo 716 N Weber St #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 - (719) 473-8067

  2. John "Dragons" Chest

    Artist/Studio – Eddie V – Times Art

  3. Megan "Lilies" Back

    Artist/Studio – Ryan( Cactus Jack) – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

Best Black & Gray

  1. Josh Kuruso "Deer Skull " Chest

    Artist/Studio – Emily – To the Grave

  2. Brandie "Day of the Dead" R. Thigh

    Artist/Studio- Sine – Ill Made

  3. Mark "Wall Street" R. Side

    Artist/Studio – Ryan( Cactus Jack) – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

Best Black & Gray Sleeve

  1. Scott Shelby "Inspiration " R. Arm

    Artist/Studio – Ryan( Cactus Jack) – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  2. Josh "Silhouette Sleeve " R. Arm

    Artist/Studio – Emily – To the Grave

  3. Travis Barhite "Wolf Theme " L. Calf

    Artist/Studio- Cassidy Blessings – Redemption Tattoo

Most Traditional

  1. Tonya Palmer "Traditional Gypsy " L. Shoulder

    Artist/Studio- – Ryan( Cactus Jack) – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  2. Garrett Bowden "Anchor" L. Hand

    Artist/Studio – – Emily – To the Grave

  3. Tasyr "Anso " R. Leg

    Artist/Studio- Stephanie – 3720 Constitution Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80909 - (719) 573-7886

Best Portrait

  1. Matt "Alfred Hitchcock" L. Thigh

    Artist/Studio-Ward – Pens & Needles Tattoo 716 N Weber St #200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 - (719) 473-8067

  2. Brandie "Carolyn " L. Shoulder

    Artist/Studio – Sine – Ill Made

  3. Brent Bell "Cheech/Chong" L. Leg

    Artist/Studio- Joseph Jacober – EOD Tattoo

Best Large

  1. Jason Chandler "Steven King Theme " Back

    Artist/– Mr. Scary – Nostalgia Tattoo CO., 118 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 – (719)434-8882

  2. Kristen "Crackin" Back

    Artist/Studio – Jimmy the Kid – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  3. Josh "Bad Dreams" R.Side

    Artist/Studio- Jim Karanik. – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

Bio-Mech/organica

  1. David Fasnacht "Mechanical" L. Arm

    Artist/Studio- Brian Burkey- Blue Rose Tattoo

  2. Tracy "Bio Flowers" Ches

    Artist/Studio – Sean Walrad – Nostalgia Tattoo CO., 118 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 – (719)434-8882

  3. Mr. Scary "Zombie" Head

    Artist/Studio- Roman Abrego/Jeremiah Barba – Artistic Element/Outer Limit

Best Cover-up

  1. Dawn Karanik "Egretta" L. Shoulder

    Artist/Studio- Jim Karanik. – Red Sky Tattoo CO., 125 Wilcox St Castle Rock, CO 80104 -(720) 733-2134

  2. Jeff Gibbs "Koi" R. Shoulder

    Artist/Studio – Paes & wess Art with A Pulse

  3. Elizabeth "Butterfly w/ Roses" R. Thigh

    Artist/Studio- Kai – Shazam Ink

Best of Show

  1. Jason Chandler "Steven King Theme " Back

    Artist/– Mr. Scary – Nostalgia Tattoo CO., 118 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 – (719)434-8882

Judges

Adam Godwin- Canon City, CO

Breanne "bee" Moore - Canon City, CO

Joel Villard - Canon City, CO

 

Total Entries

185


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Salina-Yi-Desilets21st Annual Colorado Tattoo Competition

 

by Salina Yi Desilets (Notes) on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1:12am

 

March 17th, 2013 was long in coming, at least for me.  After months of preperation I finally got to see the project that Christopher Desilets, Susan Ogden, Mr. Scary, Kent Sanders, Jim Wear from Pro Promotions, and myself worked so hard on come into fruition.  I mention all of these people because they all played an integral part in what occured this past weekend.  Without the love, support, and help from all of these people that are very special to me, things would not have gone as well as they did.  For one day it seemed that all of us as a tattoo community here in Colorado were one.  We weren't from different studios, even though we were announced as such.  We weren't seperate sponsors.  We were one.  I want to say a special thank you to all of the studios that sponsored this event and also will be sponsoring our event for the Tejon Street Bike Fest/Tattoo Competition in the very near future.  It is because of studios like you that this event is possible.  Without your support we wouldn't have a show.  So that being said, thank you so much, Uncle Buds Pikes Peak Tattoo and Piercing, Red Sky Tattoo and Body Piercing, Nostalgia Tattoo Company, Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo Company, Pens and Needles Custom Tattoo, Skin Evolution Tattoo, Bone Deep Tattoos, Tattoo 80, Timeless Body Art, Jeremy Witherspoon, and mine and Chris' very own Tattoo X.  You made this event possible.  I also want to thank Michael Culley specifically from Cheyenne Mountain Tattoo Company for the beautiful hand crafted machines that you made available to be given to the winner for Best of Show for our event.  Mr. Scary was just using his brand new machine when I walked in the other day to visit with him.  I am thrilled that he is so happy with the machine that he won as part of his prize for best of show.  To our ink sponsors for this event I'd like to express my deepest heartfelt gratitude that you took it upon yourselves to provide us with inks to give to our winners for this competition.  That being said.  Thank you so much Chris 51 from Formula 51 and Adam Everett from Fusion Tattoo Ink (who provided us with ink through Mr. Scary).  Both of you have gone above and beyond with your personal efforts to make our competition the spectacular event that it was.  We appreciate all that you have done for this event and look forward to the possibility of future events that will be supported by your ink companies.  Mr. Scary, because of you and your sponsorship with Fusion Inks I am forever in your debt.

Now that I have my expressions of gratitude out of the way (temporarilly that is) more on the event itself.  I, up until recently, had felt that this industry is divided.  We let our personal feelings and our need to compete against each other get in the way of being united.  This event showed me that it is possible for us to be what I have desired and I know many of you have desired, and that is family.  Folks WE are all in this together, we have the same goal in life, and that is to ensure a safe, sanitary place for clients to get tattooed, and also to put exceptional artwork on our clients.  It shouldn't be, and should never have been about the back biting, the trash talking, or the jealousy that I know we have all felt in one point in time or another.  This is about being one in the industry.  We all have different names, we all have different studios, but we all have the same goal.  That is what we need to hold on to.  You have shown me that this is possible.  When I visited with you at your studios, and I visited with you in the public setting for the competition I didn't feel like an outsider looking in on your studio.  Instead you all made me feel welcome, like you wanted to see me, to help me, to be part of the common goal, and you made me feel like family.  I'm not talking about the family that just likes itself on the surface either, I'm talking about the deep down "I can depend on these people and they have my back no matter what" kind of family.  That is what I want from this industry.  I want us all to feel that love that I felt from each of you.  Maybe I sound like a peace loving hippie, I don't know, and frankly I don't care.  I have faith in all of you that this is possible because of how you treated me.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to our judges from Evo Tat in Canon City for doing an exceptional job of judging all the wonderful art that we had.

In the next few days I will be posting photos from the event that our photographer shot.  Feel free to take those pictures so that you can use them to promote not only the event, but our unity in this event. 

Again, thank you all for your love and support.  Without each and every single one of you none of this would have been possible. 

Love Always,

Salina Yi Desilets

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