Understand the Pros and Cons of Hosting a Tattoo Design Contest

22So you’ve decided to get a tattoo, but only have an idea of what you want to get inked on. Consider hosting a tattoo design contest to help you decide. There are some positives and negatives to hosting a design contest. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons.


A custom tattoo contest is great way to have an idea for a tattoo explored and developed by an artist. You simply give a description of what you’d like with an approximate size and location of placement. The artists take your thoughts and do what they do best – create.

A con of having someone else develop your idea is that you may not like any of the proposed designs. Or perhaps you’re not able to communicate your thoughts effectively to the artists and the process doesn’t prove fruitful for you.

Online Hosting

You can initiate a custom tattoo contest online which is great for people who are computer savvy. You can perform an Internet search for ‘custom tattoo contest’ and be directed to businesses that offers them.

On the flipside, if you’re not a proficient web surfer, you might feel intimidated by embarking on your tattoo journey online.

Time Frame

A positive aspect of hosting a tattoo design contest is that you can have up to two weeks’ worth of artists’ submissions to your idea and to decide on a design. It’s a lot more comprehensive than walking into a shop – or even visiting several times – to flip through their tattoo books in hopes that someone there can customize it for you.

On the other hand, if you decided a whim to get a custom tattoo along with your best friend, the time constraints associated with a design contest would change your plans. Tattoo design contests are structured and more beneficial to someone who has taken time to plan for their ink job.


We’ve all heard the saying, ‘You get what you pay for.’ Well, in this case, the more you offer as a prize for winning your custom design contest, the higher profile artists you’ll attract. Minimum prize offerings are around $35. So, starting at $35 you’ll have to base what you’ll offer to the winning artist on the size, complexity and time investment on their part. Keep in mind the quality you’ll receive paying $35 versus offering $100 or more.

Yes, tattoo design contests cost money, so you have at least two monetary requirements for getting inked if you host one. But, on the bright side, you have a better chance of getting what you want, and having an awesome tattoo experience if you pay for the contest.

The goal is to absolutely love the tattoo you get because it’s going on for the long haul. Understanding the pros and cons of hosting a custom design contest is a part of the process to selecting the perfect tattoo. Take the time and do your research because good planning will make you happy with the final tattoo decision.