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Tattoo Madness Tournament - Realism Round 1

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.

Round 1 of Realism begins today so scroll down and vote for all 8 matchups.

Be sure to go back and check out Round 1 of Japanese Style and make your votes.

Click gallery below to blow-up the bracket.

nikko hurtado

Tattoo by Nikko Hurtado

bang bang

Tattoo by Bang Bang

yomico moreno

Tattoo by Yomico Moreno 

chad chase

Tattoo by Chad Chase 


Tattoo by Mota

Dmitry Vision

Tattoo by Dmitry Vision

megan jean morris

Tattoo by Megan Jean Morris 

teneile napoli

Tattoo by Teneile Napoli

moni moreno

Tattoo by Moni Marino 


Tattoo by Khan

stefano alcantra

Tattoo by Stefano Alcantara 


Tattoo by Megan Hoogland 

victor portugal

Tattoo by Victor Portugal 


Tattoo by Ron 570


Tattoo by Boris


Tattoo by Ellen Westholm