February 06, 2018 Slideshows » Arts + Scene

Inked Hearts 2018 

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Heidi Potter, of Gypsy Soul Glass in Reno, was one of the non-tattooing vendors at the show.
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Tattoo artist Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, had Tye Harris, of Kyle, Texas, add a realistic tattoo of her grandparents on their wedding day to her arm. It later won the Best Portrait trophy.
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Devin Duerst's goal was to fill in the last available space on his inner thigh. The Eugene, Oregon resident's eagle tattoo by Cody Hennings, of Dallas, Texas, won Friday's award for Best Traditional Tattoo.
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Tattoo artist Liz Venom, of Edmonton, Alberta, applied the final touches on a beautiful tattoo on the inner arm of Jessie, of Portland. The art work came in second in Friday's Best of the Day competition and later won the Best Color trophy..
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The Hottest Girl Trophy recipient, Kelly Ridgeway, joined the ranks of Miss Inked Hearts with last year's winners Stevie Di'Luxe (left) and LuLu Fatale (right) after the award ceremony on Friday. They are all members of the local Rag Doll Review group.
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Ken Beidleman of Arcata's Kinetic Lab was recruited by event organizers Ted and Amy Marks to create Kinetic-esque trophies for this year's contests.
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Hands up! The second stage (after eating a plate of hot wings) for articipants in the Hot Wings of Death Contest on Saturday was to wait for three minutes without touching one's face or drinking anything.
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The Hot Wings of Death Challenge on Saturday ended in a three-way tie among Bill McBroome (left), of McKinleyville, Nikander Jonté, of Blue Lake, and Joe McKenzie, of Arcata.
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Jessica Rose, of Eureka, waited patiently as tattoo artist Liz Cook, of Lewisville, Texas, applied color to her hummingbird design.
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Tattoo artist Liz Cook, of Lewisville, Texas, used a photo for inspiration as she worked on a hummingbird design on Jessica Rose, of Eureka.
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Tattoo artist Pete Carreno, of Unusual Species in Prescott, Arizona, applied a whale design on the thigh of Biscuit Barrios, of Sacramento.
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"Tattoo Joe" Deanna, of Vacaville, placed final touches on a skeleton design that hestarted last year at the tattoo expo on the thigh of Malina Laos, of McKinleyville. She and others wore "steampunk" goggles given out to attendees.
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One of the bulldogs entered in the Super Bully Bowl faces off with photographer Evan More on Sunday.
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Sunday's Super Bully Bowl participants lined on stage for judging by members of the Sequoia Humane Society. This event was a new feature of the Tattoo Expo this year, dreamed up by organizers Ted and Amy Marks, who are fans of bulldogs.
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Vicente Perez, of Crescent City, stopped by for more work for the second year in a row by Alexiz Geniz of Dedicated Tattoo in Santa Rosa.
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With more talent and beard than tattoos, Nathaniel Douglass, of Arcata, was one of three finalists for the Hottest Guy Contest on Friday night.
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Brandon Lux, of Arcata, wrapped up the Hottest Guy trophy on Friday night not just because of his tattoos.
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Kellie Ridgeway, of Arcata, took home the Hottest Girl trophy on Friday night.
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Kellie Ridgeway, of Arcata, and Brandon Lux, of Arcata, took home the Hottest Girl and Hottest Guy trophies on Friday night.
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"Gucci" of Salinas continues to add images of his favorite L.A. Dodgers (Jackie Robinson) to his legs by his favorite tattoo artist, Juan Gonzalez of Exclusive Ink of Salinas. This tattoo art won Friday's Best Black & Gray trophy.
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Cody Hennings, of Dallas, Texas, won Friday's award for Best Traditional Tattoo on the inner thigh of Devin Duerst, of Eugene, Oregon.
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The Expo's Best Color trophy went to this art work by tattoo artist Liz Venom, of Edmonton, Alberta.
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Tattoo artist Pete Carreno, of Philadephia, took Best of Day trophy on Friday for this original design on the leg of Hope Travis.
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Reactions to the taste of the hot wings and eating methods varied widely among the nine participants in the Hot Wings of Death Challenge on Saturday.
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Nikander Jonté, of Blue Lake, cleaned up before moving to the semi-finals of the Hot Wings of Death Challenge.
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Hands up! The second stage (after eating a plate of hot wings) for articipants in the Hot Wings of Death Contest on Saturday was to wait for three minutes without touching one's face or drinking anything.

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