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Judging categories, general rules and information

    •    All Judges are impartial and unbiased.  All entries are considered fairly and equally upon their own merit.
    •    The performing artists remain anonymous until awards are presented: judging is based solely on the technical and artistic qualities of each tattoo.
    •    Tattoos must be complete to enter. Tattoos must either be freshly done or completely healed, please do not enter your tattoo if it scabbing or peeling.
    •    Unfinished tattoo/s can only be entered into the contest if a fairly considerable amount has been completed
    •    If you are a judge, you may not enter any category you are scheduled to judge.  You also may not judge a category that one of your artistic pieces has been entered into.  (If you need to be excused from judging a specific category an alternate judge will be provided.
    •    Photographers and media impressions will be present at the show to photograph contest winners and participants. The Auckland Custom culture and tattoo Show reserve the rights to publish these photographs for promotional and documentation purposes.
    •    You must be present 15 minutes before your category is judged.
    •    Please have all fresh tattoos wiped down and cleaned before presenting it to the judges.
    •    Auckland Custom Culture & Tattoo reserves the right to reject any tattoo from judging if they feel that it is offensive or racists.
    •    No complete disrobing during competition.
    •    Small Tattoo Categories apply to tattoos no larger than an 8x10 sheet of paper.
    •    Large Tattoo Categories apply to any tattoo that cannot be covered by an 8x10 sheet of paper.
    •    Large tattoos may be entered into the "Large" category if it is a single tattoo, not a collection of tattoos making up one large piece and not a full-coverage back piece.
    •    Sleeves and back pieces may not be entered in any single piece categories unless it is one individual piece contained within a sleeve or back piece.
    •    All categories except "Best of Day are open to walk-in models. So that means if you want to show off your work that you got at a previous date you are welcome to enter the competition.
    •    "Best of Day Tattoo" will be done at the show on the day of the judging.
    •    Tattoos must be entered into the correct category to compete.
    •    You may not enter the same individual tattoo in more than one category.

Categories: (16x trophies in total)

Best of the show: (2x trophies for contestant and Artist)
    •    This contest is open to anyone who received a brand new tattoo from beginning to end at the show by a Tattooist in his/her booth. Both the winner and tattooist will receive an award. You must have your tattoo done by an attending Artist that day of the convention.


Best Arm sleeve: (1x Trophy)
    •    Must have 75% or greater sleeve coverage.  Arm coverage may extend over shoulder. Can be coloured &/or Black & Grey Work. A sleeve must be a half or full arm sleeve and it must be complete.

Best Leg Sleeve: (1x Trophy)
    •    Must have 75% or greater sleeve coverage.  Arm coverage may extend over shoulder. Can be coloured &/or Black & Grey Work. A sleeve must be a half or full leg sleeve and it must be complete.

Best Back Piece: (1x Trophy)
    •    A back piece is a large collection of tattoos or one single piece which covers the entire back and it must be complete.

Best Tribal Tattoo: (1x Trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) can include Celtic, colour or black and grey work. (the term ‘tribal’ covers a wide range of sub-silos; from traditional islander varieties like Maori, Polynesian, and Samoan etc.)
    •     Open only to those registered with a tribal tattoo (no size limit) this tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than best tattooed female or male.

Best Large Black & Grey: (1x Trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) Open only to those registered with a Black & Grey Tattoo or White. This tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than Best Tattooed Female or Male. (Large Tattoo Categories apply to any tattoo that cannot be covered by an 8x10 sheet of paper)

Best Small Black & Grey:  (1x Trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) open only to those registered with a black & grey or white tattoo. This tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than best tattooed female or male.(small tattoo categories apply to tattoos no larger than an 8x10 sheet of paper)

Best Large Colour: (1x Trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) open only to those registered with a coloured tattoo. This tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than best tattooed female or male. (large tattoo categories apply to any tattoo that cannot be covered by an 8x10 sheet of paper)

Best small colour:  (1x trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) open only to those registered with a coloured tattoo. This tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than best tattooed female no exceptions! Or male. (small tattoo categories apply to tattoos no larger than an 8x10 sheet of paper)

Most realistic tattoo: (1x trophy)
    •    (Only one entry per person) can be flowers, animals, buildings, cars, etc. etc.   No exceptions! This tattoo can only be entered in one category; you cannot enter this tattoo in any other contest other than best tattooed female or male.

Best cover up: (1x trophy)
    •    To enter the "best cover-up" category a photo of the original piece to be covered must be present, photo taken before any stencil or artwork is applied.

Best tattooed female: (1x trophy)
Judges choice

Best tattooed male: (1x trophy)
Judges choice

People’s choice award: (1x trophy)
    •    Artist or contestant must be present at the show to receive the prize. Otherwise prize will be given to the runner up.

Best tattoo artist of the day: (1x trophy)
    •    This category will be judged by the promoters of Auckland custom culture & tattoo Show