Big, Colorful Tattoo Ideas

Updated on February 8, 2016
Tattoo by Bobby Williams of Anything's Possible Tattoo.
Tattoo by Bobby Williams of Anything's Possible Tattoo.

These tattoos are big and bold. Photographed on the floor of the 17th Annual North Carolina Tattoo Convention, they were all also entered in the convention's two Tattoo of the Day contests. Contest rules require the tattoo be started and finished on the day of judging. When you see the scale and detail of these pieces, you'll understand how challenging these contests are.

Enjoy these big, bright tattoos! If you're considering a new tattoo, these might give you an idea or two.

Joey Kaylor's "Mechanical Heart" tattoo, made by Mike Truitt. Joey had to tie off his long beard so that it was out of the artist's way while he was working.
Joey Kaylor's "Mechanical Heart" tattoo, made by Mike Truitt. Joey had to tie off his long beard so that it was out of the artist's way while he was working.
Charlie Lame's tattoo "Narwhal," made by artist Johnny Awesome.
Charlie Lame's tattoo "Narwhal," made by artist Johnny Awesome.
Brandon Sawyer's tattoo "Snake," made by Andy Chambers.
Brandon Sawyer's tattoo "Snake," made by Andy Chambers.
A "traditional Japanese design," according to the collector (name not given).
A "traditional Japanese design," according to the collector (name not given).
A nautical-themed skull tattoo. Skull imagery is a traditional theme in tattoo art.
A nautical-themed skull tattoo. Skull imagery is a traditional theme in tattoo art.
Beth Bagley's back piece by Kurt Elkin of Family First Tattoo was a big hit at the convention.
Beth Bagley's back piece by Kurt Elkin of Family First Tattoo was a big hit at the convention.
Death rides a pale horse (collector and artist information not given).
Death rides a pale horse (collector and artist information not given).
No information given.
No information given.
Al at Family First Tattoo added a new face to Ali Wick's ongoing piece called "Historical Zombies."
Al at Family First Tattoo added a new face to Ali Wick's ongoing piece called "Historical Zombies."
A black and grey eagle, artist unknown.
A black and grey eagle, artist unknown.
Mitchell Bryant asked artist Mark Evans to create a tribute to Bryant's grandfather, who was a coal miner. It took Evans about seven hours to complete the tattoo.
Mitchell Bryant asked artist Mark Evans to create a tribute to Bryant's grandfather, who was a coal miner. It took Evans about seven hours to complete the tattoo.
Bart Andrews created this traditional candle and rose tattoo for Jami Forsch.
Bart Andrews created this traditional candle and rose tattoo for Jami Forsch.
Roger from Star City Tattoo created "Japanese Lady" as a coverup for Jennifer Northington.
Roger from Star City Tattoo created "Japanese Lady" as a coverup for Jennifer Northington.

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        Rodney Griffith 6 years ago

        The intresting portrait was done by Shane Wolf out of Revalations Tattoo Harbinger Nc

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        Joe Capristo 6 years ago from Greensboro, NC

        @ THEHuG5 -- The annual convention happens every September in Greensboro, NC. Maybe we'll see you next year.

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        thewahm 6 years ago

        Some of these are amazing. I love the mechanical heart, candle rose and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tattoo by Bobby Williams.

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        THEHuG5 6 years ago

        Woah these are awesome tats! I don't have any myself but I definitely appreciate the art. I'm from NC so I just like this hub period :) I didn't know we had a tattoo convention.

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