Black Ink Tattoo Artist Defends Copying After Winning Best of Show
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Black Ink Tattoo Artist Defends Copying After Winning Best of Show

Every weekend, tattoo conventions are held in cities around the world that allow artists to come together from both near and far to create art under one roof. Tattoo conventions are a great opportunity for artists to network and get their name out, but it also allows clients the rare opportunity to be tattooed by artists from different cities, states, or countries. And at almost every convention, there are contests held every day and trophies are awarded in categories such as "Best Sleeve," "Best Black-and-Grey," or "Tattoo of the Day." These trophies are occasionally accompanied by prizes, however, they primarily serve as bragging rights and allow artists to potentially raise their rates as they’ve gained recognition from the industry. Last weekend, at the Nation’s Tattoo Expo in Washington DC, an artist walked away with the highest award of the convention: Best of Show. This award was given to an artist who’d created a tattoo during the weekend and was chosen by the judges as the best of the bunch. The artist who received this honor at Nation’s Tattoo Expo was Tro, also known as "The Joker," who works out of Black Ink in Atlanta, Georgia. After being declared the […]

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