Tattoo Contests

The 14th Annual Live Free or Die Tattoo Expo will be hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester, NH USA on July 22 – 24, 2022. Below you will find the full schedule of tattoo contests and categories (subject to change):

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Contest Info

All contestants must pay a $5 entry fee (per category) at the Expo in order to participate.

Cash prizes and plaques are being awarded!

Please read our tattoo contest rules (below) before entering a contest at the Expo.

Tattoo Contest Rules
Photo of a leg tattoo

2022 Contests

5:00pm – 11:15pm
Tattoo Contest Registration Timeframe

11:30pm
Tattoo Contest Judging Begins

Plaques are awarded to both the winner and the artist that designer the winner’s piece.

Contests run in the order below:

Best Cover Up*
*Photo of previous tattoo must be presented

Best Half Sleeve 
Arm or Leg

Best Traditional
Small (4” x 4”)
Medium (8” x 8”)
Large (12” x 12”)

Best Floral
Standard Contest

Tattoo of the Day
1st Place – $100 cash prize!
2nd Place – $50 cash prize!

11:00am – 3:15pm
Tattoo Contest Registration Timeframe

3:30pm
Tattoo Contest Judging Begins

Plaques are awarded to both the winner and the artist that designer the winner’s piece.

Contests run in the order below:

Best Black and Grey
Small (4” x 4”)
Medium (8” x 8”)
Large (12” x 12”)

Best Color
Small (4” x 4”)
Medium (8” x 8”)
Large (12” x 12”)

Best Portrait Color
Standard Contest

Best Portrait Black and Grey
Standard Contest

Best Horror Color
Standard Contest

Best Horror Black and Grey
Standard Contest

Best Body Piercing
Standard Contest

9:45pm
Tattoo of the Day Contest Registration Ends

10:00pm
Tattoo of the Day Contest Judging Begins

Tattoo of the Day
1st Place – $100 cash prize!
2nd Place – $50 cash prize!

12:00pm – 6:45pm
Tattoo Contest Registration Timeframe

7:00pm
Tattoo Contest Judging Begins

Plaques are awarded to both the winner and the artist that designer the winner’s piece.

Contests run in the order below:

Best Sleeve
Arm or Leg

Best Chest Piece
Standard Contest

Best Back Piece
Standard Contest

Best Body Suit
Standard Contest

Tattoo of the Day
1st Place – $100 cash prize!
2nd Place – $50 cash prize!

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Dates + Times

Fri Jul 22, 2022

5:00pm – Midnight

Sat Jul 23, 2022

11:00am – Midnight

Sun Jul 24, 2022

12:00pm – 8:00pm

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