It’s that time of year again for the Imperial Tattoo & Art Festival!

Unify Tattoo Company and Inksmith & Rogers are bringing together the industry’s most elite artists for one weekend to awe you with another unparalleled expo!

This epic event will be held from April 12th-14th 2019 right here in Jacksonville, FL at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center located on the South bank of the St. John’s River.

There will be tattoo contests, trophies, National and International award winning artists, seminars, live entertainment, parties, art exhibits, and more!

For a complete schedule of events, click the link below:


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Day Pass: $25 at door
Weekend Pass: $50 at door
Children 4 & under are free
Children 5 -15 are $15 per day

To buy your tickets via credit card, or to buy them in advance click this link:

Friday, April 12th: 12PM – 10PM
Saturday, April 13th: 12PM-10PM
Sunday, April 14th: 11AM – 6PM

Come support your favorite Black Hive artists by entering your tattoo in one of the contests listed below! We would be so appreciative and even better- All contest entry fees collected will be donated directly to Camp Boggy Creek. Contests are $15 per entry, however Tattoo of the Day & Best of Show are free.
** Categories and order of may be subject to change prior to convention date.**

Please see below for contest schedule and rules.

Friday – April 12th 2019
• Best Fusion – Black and gray tattoo with color added
• Best Cover-Up – must have stencil free before photo. Can be framed
• Most Unusual – bring us your strange tattoo, you could win a trophy for it
• Tattoo of the Day

Saturday – April 13th 2019
• Small Black & Gray – smaller than 5″x7″
• Small Color – smaller than 5″x7″
• Medium Black & Gray – 5″x7″ & larger, smaller than 11″x14″
• Medium Color – 5″x7″ & larger, smaller than 11″x14″
• Best Chest / Back Piece
• Best Sleeve – entire leg or arm
• Best American Traditional
• Best Illustrative -new school or neo traditional
• Tattoo of the Day

Sunday – April 14th 2019
• Best Portrait – MUST have printed reference photo for comparison, no cell phone pics
• Best Asian
• Large Black & Gray – 11’X14″ and larger
• Large Color – 11″x14″ and larger
• Best Fine Art
• Tattoo of the Day
• Paul Rogers Award – to be presented to an innovator of the industry
• Best of Show
Contest Rules
• Please be present at least 30 min prior to competing. No refunds if you do not show.
• All tattoos MUST be fully healed to enter tattoo competitions with the exception of Tattoo of the Day and Best of Show.
• It will cost $15 to enter each category, however Tattoo of the Day and Best of Show are free to enter.
• Tattoo of the Day MUST be started and completed by an attending artist of ITAF the day that it is entered.
• Tattoo of the Day and Best of Show must be properly cleaned and presentable.
• Best of Show MUST have been tattooed by an attending artist of ITAF at the convention.

For even more information, please visit the Imperial Tattoo & Art Festival website at:

A great big THANK YOU to all of our loyal clients and followers who show up for the contests or even just to say hello. We can not do what we do without you!!