Tattoo Contests


Best of Day — (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) – You must have your tattoo done by an attending artist that day of the convention.

Black and Grey — Tattoo must have only black, grey or white ink used. Tattoos with any color will not be judged in this category.

Color — Any style of tattoos as long as it has bright, vibrant coloring.

Realistic — Must be a representation of something.

Blackwork — The term, “Blackwork” covers everything from ancient sacred geometry to modern abstract ornamental designs to extremely detailed illustrative pieces.

dots — Dotwork.

Ornamental — A style of tattooing that is based on decorative design, geometric shapes and body flow.

Traditional — Western or traditional american tattoo style featuring bold, black outlines and a limited color palette.

Best of Show — In this category for a tattoo to be registered, it has to be one from one of  the ‘best of day’ categories.

General Info & Contest Rules

  1. All judges are impartial and unbiased. All entries are considered fairly and equally upon their own merit.
  2. The performing artists remain anonymous until awards are presented: judging is based solely on the technical and artistic qualities of each tattoo.
  3. Tattoos must be complete to enter.
  4. A single tattoo can be registered in only three different categories (I.E.: best color or best realistic or best of day).
  5. Unfinished tattoo/s can only be completed and entered into the contest only if a fairly considerable amount of work is done during the convention.
  6. If you are a judge you may not enter any category you are scheduled to judge. You also may no 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.
  7. Photographers from multiple tattoo and lifestyle magazines will be present to photograph contest winners and participants. Mayan mayhem tattoo & music festival reserves the right to publish these photographs for promotional and documentation purposes.
  8. May the best tattoo win!

Contest Schedule (Subject to Change)


  • lettering
  • ornamental
  • best of day


  • black and grey
  • color
  • realistic
  • traditional
  • best of day


  • black work
  • portrait
  • fantasy
  • mayan
  • best of day
  • best of show


Best of Show

Mayan Mayhem Tattoo & Music Festival Championship Belt
2020 Booth Package for Mayan Mayhem Tattoo & Music Festival (includes booth and room for 4 nights).
Sullen clothing suitcase and care package of Sullen shirts
Value - $5,000

Best of Day

Mayan Mayhem Tattoo & Music Festival Championship Belt
Sullen clothing suitcase and care package of Sullen shirts

All Other Categories

First Place - Gold Medal
Second Place - Silver Medal
Third Place - Bronze Medal