Artist Guidelines

Artist Guidelines provides Artists the ability to:

  • Make money doing what you love
  • Hone your custom tattoo design skills by working with clients and other artists
  • Promote your website, shop and custom tattoo designs for free
  • Network with other tattoo artists, shop owners and enthusiasts from around the world
  • Get recognized worldwide for your design skills
  • ….Several more free features and services are on the way!  Stay tuned.

Artists Code of Conduct:

  • Only post your own original custom tattoo designs (No Exceptions)
  • Be respectful of all community members
  • Do not publicly criticize any clients or artists
  • Do not try to influence client's decisions via comments or messaging
  • If you have an issue with another designer, politely contact them and try and resolve the issue.  If that does not work, contact us.
  • Make suggestions if you want to see a feature or service

Getting Paid (Cha-Ching!):

At we require all contest holders to pay the prize money prior to starting the contest.   We take 12% of the prize money to cover the credit card processing (~3%), overhead and advertising fees (~9%).  We hold the prize money and pay it out when the winner is picked.  We also require that the contest holder must pick a winner at the end of the contest. 

In essence, the prize money is guaranteed to be awarded to one artist.   The only exception is if the contest does not get the minimum requirement of 5 design entries.  Needless to say we need your help to make sure every contest gets at least 5 design entries.
When the contest is completed and the tattoo design has been successfully transferred to the client, we will issue the payment. 

We currently offer two payment options for the artists.  They are through Paypal or Moneybookers.  You must have an account setup with one of these two companies to receive payment.  If you feel strongly that we should provide an alternative method of payment please let us know and we would be happy to look into it.
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Your IP and Copyright:

The winning designer must transfer the full rights to the contest holder.  We provide the legal agreements required to facilitate this process.  Any non-winning original designs remain the sole property of the artists.

Entries must be YOUR work:

Please, make sure you own the designs that you submit.   You are not permitted to use any form of stock images or flash that you found surfing the internet.  We strictly enforce this policy and encourage the community to identify artists that do not follow these rules.

Communicating with Designers and Contest Holders:

Please be professional and polite to all members of the community.  If you need to discuss a question or concern with a specific member of the community please use our private messaging system.  We do not allow discussing any disagreements or personal issues in the public comments section.

The Key to Success:

We often see that artists do not fully read the client's contest description.  This description is the key to creating a design that will win.  If something is not clear, politely make a comment or contact the contest holder.  The second tip is to watch the feedback the contest holders provide to all the artists.  This is a great way to pick up on things the client likes and dislikes.