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This Ink X Artist Battle is an artist shirt design contest! The contest theme is ‘Under the Sea'. Show us your meanest pirates, scariest Krakkens, prettiest mermaids, anything you've ever dreamt of or feared about the deep blue sea. Those are some ideas to get you started, interpret this theme however you feel.There are two aspects to this battle. The first being the pre-orders which do NOT factor into which artist will be the overall winner. All accepted designs will be available for pre-order on inkaddict.com 1-2 business days after accepted and can be pre-ordered as soon as they are posted. Pre-orders will be available until June 11th. All non-grand prize winning artists will receive $12.50 of each pre-sale shirt if they hit the pre-order minimum of 30 shirts.

Designs that hit the minimum will be printed on a black men's T-shirt, tank or women's tank. InkAddict will provide the "InkAddict X Artist Name" on the back nape of the shirt. Any art medium can be used, however each submission MUST be submitted correctly. InkAddict has the right to deny any submission if we feel it is not a completed work, or has not been submitted correctly. This is a competition amongst professionals, so we will (and expect you to as well) treat it as one.

If 30 shirts are not pre-ordered, the customers will be refunded, or given the option to switch out for a different design.

The second part of the battle, and where the winner is chosen, is through voting on inkaddict.com. Voting for the winning design runs from June 1st-June 11th. The top 20% with the most fan votes will be taken to an InkAddict and sponsor panel, where they will determine the winner on June 12th. The winning artist will receive a prize package of over $1,200.


The winning tattoo artist will receive:

- 50 tees of their design to sell in their studio or at events. ($1,250 value).

- A $100 gift certificate to InkAddict.

- A 1oz 60 color Gold set from Eternal Ink($445 value)

- A custom tattoo machine from Workhorse Irons



Runner Up:

- A 1oz Top 25 Color set from Eternal Ink($185 value)

- $50 gift certificate to InkAddict.




Contest Rules:

- Design submissions will be accepted from May 1st-May 30th at 12:00am EST. Winner selected June 12th.

- Fans will vote on InkAddict.com on the design they think should be printed. Voting will run from June 1st-June 11th.

- Top 20% with the most votes will be taken to a panel of judges from InkAddict and Eternal Ink. Winner will be chosen June 12th.

- Artists that do not reach the 30 pre order minimum will be contacted between June 1st and June 9th and will have the opportunity to purchase the remaining shirts to hit minimum and have their design printed. Artist will have to pay the balance by June 9th to qualify for printing.

-Winners outside of the domestic United States of America are responsible for all shipping taxes duties and fees applicable

*Feel free to share with any other artists and studios you know.



- Per-sales will be available until June 11th.

- Artists whose design reaches the 30 shirt pre-order minimum will have their design printed and will be paid for each shirt that sells. All designs that are pre-ordered will ship end of June. All paid orders for designs that do not reach the 30 min. will be refunded back to customer or they will have the choice to be sent one of the designs that did reach minimum.

- Commission to artists who reach pre-order shirt design minimum will be paid $12.50 per shirt. ($12.50/shirt at a minimum of 30 shirts= $375)

-Overall winning shirt design is excluded from pre-sale proceeds. Winning prize is valued at over $1200.



- During the contest, weekly posts on InkAddict social will be shared, urging followers to go vote and pre-order.

- We hope that artists and studios in return will share and post about their design in the contest. You will find a social ready image on the Artist Battle Facebook page.

- Any additional questions please email artistbattle@inkaddict.com 


- Artists MUST complete the entry form COMPLETELY and attach their art to the form with the correct sizing and colors allowed.

- Design must be completed by a solo artist. Collaboration designs will not be accepted.

- Artist can use up to 3 colors not including black. (In some cases Black may count as a color, depending on amount of detail.)

- Keep in mind the design will be printed on a black garment, so white counts as a color.

- Any art medium can be used

- Does NOT have to include the InkAddict Logo or name.

- Design must be original art from artist submitting.

- Art must be at least 8"x10".

- File resolution must be 300 DPI or higher.

- Any fonts must be converted to shapes or rasterized before sending a working file, such as .PSD or .AI.

- Scan artwork, .PSD, .PDF, .JPEG, .AI, .EPS all accepted as file formats.

- Artwork will NOT be accepted if it does not meet all of these.



- Follow submission instructions included above.

- Submissions will only be accepted through the entry form that can be found on this page and the Artist Battle Facebook group

- Entry form MUST be completely filled out.

- One submission per artist.   


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