Ink enthusiasts show off their art at Colorado’s biggest tattoo competition

While some folks might give it a negative stigma, it's a place where ink enthusiasts can come to share their self-expressions without any judgement./ Ray Harless -- FOX21 News
While some folks might give it a negative stigma, it's a place where ink enthusiasts can come to share their self-expressions without any judgement./ Ray Harless -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Dozens of people showed off their ink Sunday at Colorado’s biggest and longest running tattoo competition, part of the 27th Annual Super Show and Swap Meet.

It’s been 25 years running, with 10 different categories, tons of incredible tattoos and a great way for those in the industry to display their artwork.

“I like to project the things that I like onto my body,” competitor Eliza Jane said. “I like teal. I like horror and I like creepy color guys.”

Jane stopped counting how many tattoos she has a long time ago, but it all started when she was 17.

“It was in my friend’s kitchen and it was a mistake,” said Jane. “Okay, so never let your friends tattoo you because they have the equipment. Pay for your stuff, like that’s PSA announcement.”

Now she’s found an artist she loves, and after a couple of cover-ups, Jane has been entering tattoo competitions since.

“I wanted to first incorporate one of my own personal favorite horror icons being Vincent Price,” Jane said. “The second one is Herman Munster who I grew up watching the Munsters with my grandparents and it was always something that I couldn’t look away from even though I didn’t really understand it growing up, I couldn’t look away. As an adult, Herman Munster just always made me happy.”

For local shops like Trinity Tattoo on Fillmore, which has been in business for about three years, events like this mean exposure.

“This is good for the industry,” owner Joshua Miller said. “It brings out all of the names and different shops in town, so it brings everybody together.”

It’s a place where ink enthusiasts can come to share their self-expressions without any judgement.

“All of this support coming out for body modification art, people showing you that it’s beautiful, show your skin, be proud of what you have, be proud of your artist, and it’s okay to be modified, different, express yourself, supporting each other,” said Jane. “I love it.”

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