This is our favorite month of the year for one simple reason: March Madness, well, and booze-soaked St. Patrick’s Day. While we love filling out brackets for the NCAA Tournament and throwing our paychecks into more pools than there are in the state of Florida we still crave more competition; specifically we want a bracket tournament that is more our style. With this in mind, we created the 2014 Inked Tattoo Madness Tournament.
We took 64 tattoo artists and threw them into a bracket divided by four different styles of tattooing: Japanese Style, Black & Grey, Realism and The Field. The Field consists of a grab bag of tattoo styles including Traditional, New School, Watercolor and many more. There is no seeding in the tournament as we entered the names in at random. When picking a tattoo to enter in the tournament we went through each artist’s online portfolio and picked the first tattoo that made us drop our jaws in awe.
Throughout the month of March we will put up posts with a series of matchups pitting two artists against each other so you can vote for a favorite. The winner moves on to the next round in the bracket while the loser goes home. On April 7 we will announce the winner of the 2014 Inked Tattoo Madness Tournament as chosen by your votes.
Your votes have been tallied and we are down to the Final Four in our Tattoo Madness Tournament. Voting is going to be open until Friday April 4th. In the first of our two matchups we have the champion of the Japanese Region, Jess Yen, pitted against the champion of the Realism Region, Victor Portugal. On the other side of the bracket we have the champion of the Black and Grey Region, Tye Harris, is facing off against the champion of The Field, Justin Nordine. We encourage you to do everything you can to support your favorite artists: tell all of your friends, share the link on social media, even go vote multiple times under assumed names.
Click gallery below to blow-up the bracket.
Tattoo by Jess Yen.
Tattoo by Victor Portugal
Tattoo by Tye Harris
Tattoo by Justin Nordine