Today you see tattoos nearly everywhere. Many people, particularly the younger generation, wear one. With so many variations and designs, getting a custom-made tattoo is still gaining popularity. Tattoo design contests are becoming popular for people who want a one-of-a-kind design. These contests are being offered by websites which serve as platforms for tattoo enthusiasts and artists alike. But what are the pros and cons of a custom tattoo design contest?
Hosting your own contest is not always a win-win situation; but to start with, let us explain you the advantages. As with any custom tattoo design contest, you get a say about what you like in your own custom tattoo design. The artist just provides the technical details, but you can modify their creation through feedback. So it gives you more control of the situation.
Because it is offered online, you have access to artists around the globe who can give you high quality work. It can save you time in that you will not need to go from one tattoo parlor to another, just to find the perfect tattoo designer. The artist or designers are the ones who will come and offer their services to you. And you will have the perfect tattoo design at a very low price.
But what are the disadvantages of these contests? Though it is cost-effective there are sites that have hidden costs, so be aware of them before hosting your own contest. There are also those who participate in the contest who are not real tattoo artists but only designers. Tattoos are a different form of art, so be very careful who you choose.
Are there pros and cons for tattoo designers, too? The truth is that if you are a beginner in the business, this contest will serve as experience for you. Not only that, chances are other clients may hire you, winner or no winner. Sometimes tattoo parlors are looking for new artists for their shops.
For seasoned artists, well, this is more of a fun way of showing how good you are and that you are up to the challenge of creating new tattoo designs. You can gain a lot of knowledge and get the edge over other artists.
What about the disadvantages to artists? For one thing, you have no copyright and ownership of your work. The ownership will be given to the host of the contest and the owners of the site. So, the site has the right to display your work and can be used by anyone.
Secondly, there is no remuneration. Because this contest is open to all designers around the world, there would be a number of entries submitted, but only one winner will be awarded the prize. So your chances are about 1%; a real challenge to anyone, especially to newbies in the business.
Since your creations are on display, anyone can copy them and put a new twist on them, making them their own creation. This is a high risk that one has to take. Moreover, though it is free to join the contest, there are also instances that the prize is not totally guaranteed if the host decides to back out or vanish for some reason.
So, if you are considering hosting or joining a contest, the above mentioned are just some of the pros and cons of the business. As with having a tattoo, the risk, the responsibility, your readiness for all eventualities, and your commitment, is on the line. Think hard before making a decision; no one is forcing you to do it.
Kristen Dunn is a tattoo enthusiast and professional tattoo designer who has created thousands of thought provoking, elegant, and funky tattoos for her clients. She has a vast collection of custom designs to her credit. Winner of several awards and accolades, Kristen is now a founding member of the world’s largest custom tattoo design community at CreateMyTattoo. View her tattoo collection or read more on her blog here.