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Tattoo Madness Tournament - The Sweet Sixteen

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.

In the last two weeks we have whittled the field of 64 artists down to 16. In other words, things are about to get serious. Today we give you the Sweet Sixteen. Check out all 8 contests down below and vote for your favorites.

Click gallery below to blow-up the bracket.


Tattoo by Jess Yen

horitoshi 1

Tattoo by Horitoshi 1


Tattoo by Corey Miller 


Tattoo by Tye Harris 


Tattoo by Nikko Hurtado

teneile napoli

Tattoo by Teneile Napoli


Tattoo by Mike Cole 


Tattoo by Rose Hardy


Tattoo by Aaron Bell


Tattoo by Luke Stewart

antonio todisco

Tattoo by Antonio Todisco


Tattoo by Jun Cha


Tattoo by Khan

victor portugal

Tattoo by Victor Portugal

chaim machlev

Tattoo by Chaim Machlev

justin nordine

Tattoo by Justin Nordine