Contest Rules

Live Free or Die Tattoo EXPO 2014 TATTOO CONTEST RULES:

All rules are non-negotiable.

Entrance Fee for each contest is $5.00
Winner & Tattoo Artist will receive a Trophy

  • Each contestant must pay a $5 entry fee per entry per category. There will be no refunds for contestants who do not attend the contest (times to be announced at convention).
  • Tattoos must be entered into the correct category to compete.
  • You must be present 15 minutes prior to competing.
  • Tattoo's must be complete and fully healed (1 mo. or older) to be entered into competition; except for "Tattoo of the Day" competition.
  • You may not enter the same individual tattoo in more than one category.
  • You may only enter three categories.
  • Large, medium & small tattoos will be measured day of entry into competition to decide the correct category it belongs in.
  • 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.
  • A sleeve must be a half or full arm sleeve or a half or full leg sleeve and it must be complete.
  • A back piece is a large collection of tattoos or one single piece which covers the entire back and it must be complete.
  • A back piece consisting of one single piece may be entered into the "Back Piece" category only.
  • Black and gray tattoos may have only up to 10% accenting color.
  • Horror tattoos consist of shocking, terrifying, revolting or horror movie related pieces. They may be a single tattoo or a collection of horror specific piece(s).
  • To enter the "Best Cover-Up" category a photo of the original piece to be covered, before any stencil or artwork was done, must be present.
  • To enter the "Portrait" category a reference photo of what the portrait piece was based on must be present.
  • A full body suit must be entered into the "Full Body Suit" category, but single pieces may be entered into appropriate categories.
  • Pieces done at the show are eligible for entry into the "Tattoo of the Day" category only and must be complete.
  • Piercings done at the show are eligible for entry into the "Piercing of the Day" category only and must be complete.
  • 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.
  • One trophy will be awarded to each winner of each category, as well as the artist that designed winner's piece.
  • No complete disrobing during competition.

At the 8th Annual Live Free or Die Tattoo Expo all attendees and vendors will receive a FREE expo magazine. This attractive book is in vibrant full color, on quality thick gloss paper, and is 20-30 pages.
It includes a map of the expo in the centerfold, the schedule of events, special features, contest rules, and more.
The expo magazine is a one-time print edition with an extended shelf-life. It will also appear in an online version for a full year at and it's distributed at trade shows across the country.
If you or your business would like to feature an advertisement in the expo magazine, space is available at BELOW-market rates.
Time is limited to get your business involved, so don't miss this opportunity to promote your company during the entire weekend of July 18th, 19th & 20th 2014 and into the next year!


trim size: 8.5"w x 11"h
bleed 8.75"w x 11.25"h


trim size: 17"w x 11"h
bleed 17.25"w x 11.25"h

1/2 PAGE

trim size: 8.5"w x 5.5"h
bleed 8.75"w x 5.75"h

1/4 PAGE

trim size: 4.25"w x 5.5"h
bleed 4.5"w x 5.75"h

1/8 PAGE

trim size: 4.25"w x 2.75"h
bleed 4.5"w x 3"h


INSIDE COVER. . . . . . . . . . . . $400
CENTERFOLD. . . . . . . . . . . . . $350
2 PAGE SPREAD. . . . . . . . . . $300
FULL PAGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $200
1/2 PAGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150
1/4 PAGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100
1/8 PAGE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $50

The 2014 Program Guide
Advertising Contract

(print, sign and return)

FILE FORMAT: We accept the following file formats TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, AI, PSD, and PDF.
RESOLUTION: All file formats must have a minimum of 350 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.
COLOR MODE: All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode. All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode. Heavy black ink might cause smearing.