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General Frequestly Asked Questions:

What is CreateMyTattoo?

Looking for the perfect custom tattoo?  This is the place.  We have created a community of world renowned tattoo artists ready to design you the perfect custom tattoo.   You post a small monetary prize and a summary of what you are looking for.  Then our community of professional tattoo artists competes for your prize. 

What are tattoo contests? 

A tattoo contest is a competition run by a contest holder, who challenges tattoo artists with a request for a custom tattoo design.  Artists submit designs that meet the request of the contest holder.  During the contest the holder provides feedback to help Artists improve their designs.  When the contest ends, the contest holder picks a winner and the winning artist receives the prize money.

How does a contest work? 

Here are the steps:

  1. A contest holder creates a request describing what they want in their custom tattoo and posts a prize.
  2. Tattoo Artists from all over the world submit design concepts.
  3. The contest holder picks a winner
  4. All rights to the winning design are transferred from the designer to the contest holder
  5. Payment is issued to the Tattoo Artist

It is that easy.

How much does it cost? 

You only have to pay the amount of the prize you want to post.  We provide guidelines for what an appropriate prize is for your project.

Tattoo Artists don't have to pay to join or to enter a contest — participation is free.

How do I sign-up?

Just click “register” at the top right of the page.  It only takes a minute.

Can I have more than one account? 

No.  Creating multiple accounts creates support problems for us.  We kindly ask that you do not do this.   We monitor IP addresses to ensure that no one abuses the community.

How do I find out my username or password?

Forgot your username or password?  No problem.   Just go to login, and click “Forgot My Password.”  We will have you up and running in no time.

How do I change my password? 

Login and then click on the "my account" button at the top of each page.  Then scroll down to the "account settings".  Now just put in your new password and click "update."

How do I change my username?

Login and then click on the "my account" button at the top of each page.  Then scroll down to the "account settings".  Now just put in your new username and click "update."

How do I change my email address?

First login and then click on the "my account" button at the top of each page.  Then scroll down to the "account settings".  Now just put in your new email address and click "update."

How can I find out about changes to the site? 

Subscribe to the CreateMyTattoo blog and follow us on Twitter.  These are the best places to find out exactly what is going on.

What are RSS feeds and what are they used for?

THIS FEATURE IS COMING SOON, RSS is a format for publishing frequently updated content.   Create My Tattoo offers RSS feeds to help you monitor new projects posted on Create My Tattoo.  Below you'll find links to the RSS feeds on Create My Tattoo.  You will also find feeds on various pages whenever you see the RSS symbol as you navigate our site.  By subscribing to one of our web feeds you will be able to keep tabs on new contests, new entries and comments within a particular contest. 

To view RSS feeds, you'll need an RSS reader.  Most modern web browsers have built-in support for subscribing to web feeds.  If you don't have one, you can try Google's.  In Firefox, you can use the built-in RSS feature called Live Bookmark. On any page, click the RSS icon in the Status Bar and select how you prefer to receive the RSS feed.  More information on RSS can be found on

Who owns the tattoo designs?

We value the artists and the designs they contribute to the community.  The Artists own the rights to all non-winning original works that they submit to the site.  The winning design of any contest becomes the sole property of the contest holder in exchange for the prize money.

What is CreateMyTattoo's dispute resolution policy?

We take our role in resolving disputes very seriously.  We promise to treat everyone with respect and give them the benefit of the doubt and we ask that you do the same.

If you find yourself having an issue with another user, please immediately let them know.  Most times just sending them a private message will settle the issue quickly.  We kindly ask that this be your fist step.  If you're still unhappy we are here to help. 

Here is the process:

  1. Contact the admin with a detailed description of the dispute and any images that the dispute involves.
  2. Our 3 person dispute panel will immediately review the case and make a decision.
  3. We provide the decision to both parties and facilitate any appropriate measures as needed.

If you have any more questions about this process, don't hesitate to let us know.  We are always here to answer your questions.

How do I view the entries to my project?

Login and then click on the "my account" button at the top of each page.  Then click "contests" on the left hand side.

What is your guarantee?

We offer a full 100% money back guarantee on all contests. If you run a custom tattoo design contest and don’t receive at least 10 unique designs and find a single design you’re 100% happy with, simply contact us within 7 days from the time your contest closed and we’ll give you all your money back.  Please remember, if you choose to initiate a refund against your contest, you are not legally allowed to use any of the tattoo designs submitted to your contest.

For a contest to be eligible for the guarantee it must meet the following requirements: 

  1. Contest prize must meet or exceed our suggested prize value (suggested prize value is provided in the contest creation process).
  2. Contest holder must actively participate in the contest.  This includes:

a) Providing feedback to the artists on a minimum of 50% of the entries throughout the contest
b) Giving each design a star rating (or eliminating)
c) Answering all artist's design related questions

What does it cost to create a contest?

To create a contest you must post a prize.  During the contest creation we give you guidelines for the prize amount depending upon the size & complexity of your tattoo request.   We charge a small 15% commission on the prize paid to the winning Artist at the end of your contest.  Ready to get started, simply choose ‘Create a Contest’  at the top of this  page.

Why do you require some of my personal information?

We will ask for certain personal information when you create a contest.  This information is used to protect your intellectual property, generate contracts, and arrange payments. 

We will never share your personal information with any third party without your permission. Please review our privacy policy to better understand how we use this information.

How do I provide feedback to design entries to my contest?

Feedback to the Artists is critical to a successful contest.   As you provide feedback to the artists, often they will implement your requested changes.  It also allows new entries to benefit from your inputs. 

You must be logged in to provide feedback.  After you log in go to your contest and click on the design you would like to leave feedback for.  You can now leave comments below the design or simple use the stars to score the artist’s design.  One start is the lowest rating and 5 stars is the highest rating. 

How does CreateMyTattoo protect users’ intellectual property (IP)?

We believe that the artists and clients IP should be property protected.  As a result we have implemented several features to ensure that IP is not illegally stolen from our site.  We provide the following services to assist in this:

  1. We digitally watermark all tattoo entries
  2. Design Stencils are not shown
  3. Only lower resolutions are shown
  4. We provide an easy straight forward means of reporting violations
  5. We provide the community with the tools to help enforce our policy
  6. We provide proper legal agreements for the transfer of IP between clients and artists.

How do I submit a tattoo design to a contest?

To submit designs you must first create an account.  If you already have a account first login.  The next step is to search for a contest that you would like to contribute to and click the ‘Submit Design’ link.  After you upload your design, it might take a few minutes to show up in the contest.    We encourage artists to check back on their designs to see if the contest holders have left helpful feedback on the entry.

Does CreateMyTattoo provide a contract for the transfer of IP?

Yes, when a contest is completed a customized contract will be provided to both parties to ensure the proper transfer the rights to the tattoo design.  Contracts my vary defendant upon the location of the Client and Artist.  

How do I report an inappropriate entry?

We encourage the artist’s community to be ever vigilant in reporting entries which are known to be in violation of our copyright policy or are deemed inappropriate.    To report a copyright violation, please follow this link to the copyright section ‘copyright’.   To report an inappropriate entry, please follow this link ‘Violation’.


Client Frequestly Asked Questions:

How do I hold a contest?

Simply click on the “Start a Contest”. If you do not already have an account you will be asked to create one.  It only takes a minute.

Can I update my contest description?

Yes, simply login and go to your contest.  You will see a button labeled "Update Descritpion".  Click that button and you will be allowed to post changes.  Artists will be able to see these changes and make comments.

Why are their stars under the entries?

We allow the contest holder's to vote on the tattoo designs.  It provides quick feedback to the artists

How do I pay for my contest prize?

We require you fund the prize at the time the contest is created.  Payment can be made using PayPal or any major credit card. At the end of the contest, after your receive your tattoo design, we release the money to the winning Artists. Remember, we guarantee that if you do not receive at least 10 unique tattoo design entries, you can request a full refund.

What prize value should I choose for my contest?

When you create your contest, we provide you with a prize guideline.  The prize guideline is based on the size and detail level of your tattoo design request.   To get our 10 tattoo design guarantee, we have determined some guidelines and minimums for each of the contests.  Please keep in mind that it is a fact that the higher the prize you offer, the greater the number of tattoo designs you will receive.

Why do I have to pay when posting a contest?

We require that you pay for your contest at the time it is created.  We do this to protect the Artist.  It’s only fair that they know that they will be paid for all their efforts.  Please remember, we guarantee that if you do not receive at least 10 unique tattoo design entries, you can request a full refund.

How do I make a payment?

You will be prompted to make payment at the end of the contest creation process.  We require you fund the prize at the time the contest is created.  Payment can be made using PayPal or any major credit card.

Can I pay with a credit card? accepts all major credit cards world wide.

What is PayPal?

PayPal is a simple, free and fast way to send and receive money online without every giving out your credit card number. To learn more about PayPal and to sign up for an account, you can visit their site

How much time do I have to select the winning entry after my contest ends?

Most contest holders select the winning entry promptly after their contest ends.  We require that all contest holders select the winning entry within seven days after their contest ends.

How long do contests run for?

All contests run for 10 - 16 days.  This duration cannot be changed at this time.

Can I extend a contest?

Yes, we allow clients to extent their design request up to 16 days one time.  When the design requests closes, login to the design request and you will see a "Extend Contest" button.  Click this button and select how many days you would like your design request to continue for. 

What is contest feedback?

We strongly encourage contest holders to provide feedback to every artist who submits a design entry. Feedback is crucial to the success of a contest.  It ensures that all artists get an idea of what you like and don’t like about each design.  Feedback is viewable by all members of the community.  This helps other Artists by providing clues on what you like and don't like.  Good feedback can greatly affect the outcome of your contest.

How do prizes work?

You'll need to offer a cash prize for your contest.  The prize money gets awarded to the winning artist. The prize amount must be in US dollars.

What should I do if I have trouble creating a contest?

Click here to Contact Us.  We are available Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (EST) to answer any questions you have.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to help.

What is a contest description?

It's a document that specifies exactly what the contest holder wants and does not want in their custom tattoo design.  Artists rely on this contest description to create the perfect, high quality design for the contest holder.

How do I write a good contest description?

This part is easy.  As you create your contest we guide you through the process of creating a clear summary that will help Artists create the perfect custom tattoo design.

How do I declare the winner?  (To be Review)

You have up to 1 week to pick a winner.  Simply go to your contest and click on the design you wish to award the prize to.  There will be an “Award” button.  Click on that button and the Artist will be notified that he/she is the winner!

The artist will be instructed to send you the final tattoo design.  Once you receive the design the price money will be release to the artists.

Can I have more than one winner?

At present, you can only award the prize to one winner.


Artist Frequestly Asked Questions:

How do I become an Artist?

Simply click on the register button at the top right of the page.  In just a few minutes you can create a profile, promote your work, and start submitting designs.  There is never any charge to Artists to create an account, submit designs, or use any of our website.

What is a stencil and how is it provided to the customer with the final design?

A stencil (also referred to as “line drawing”) is a simple outline drawing of the original design.  This is a digital image delivered to the customer at the same time as the final design.  Both the main design and stencil are uploaded to the design transfer page after a winner is selected.  The customer simply prints out the design and stencil, on normal paper, and takes them to their local tattoo shop.

What are the rules of participating in contests?

Please see the “Guidelines for Artists

Do I have to pay to enter a contest?

No, there is never any charge to Artists to create an account, submit designs, or use any of our website.

What does it cost to be a Artist?

There is never any charge to Artists to create an account, submit designs, or use any of our website.   We charge a small 15% commission on the prize paid to the winning Artist at the end of your contest.  The 15% commission consists of 3% to pay for the credit card transaction and 12% for website development and advertising.

How long does it take to receive the prize money?

At the completion of a contest the Artist sends the Client the final tattoo design.  When this transaction is completed we are notified by the Client that the contest is closed.  It takes us 24 hours to initiate the payment release.  You will receive an email notification when the payment arrives in your account.

What are the payment options available to me for the prize money transfer?

We currently offer payment through Paypal.  You must have either a personal or business account setup with Paypal to receive payments.

How do I report an Artist?

You can email us by clicking on “Help” link.

How do I report an inappropriate contest?

You can email us by clicking on “Help” link.

Why is the contest holder taking so long to declare a winner?

Clients have up to 14 days to select a winner.  We send them 4 automated reminder emails during that time to help encourage them to make a timely decision.  Thank you for your patience.

Why is my design entry not appearing?

Your entry should be visible within 5 minutes of uploading it.  Please try refreshing the page.  If this does not work please contact us.

Who is responsible for reporting the income received by Artists?

Each Artist is solely responsible for satisfying all income tax, payroll tax, payroll withholding, sales and use tax, governmental reporting and other legal requirements under applicable law. Artists are independent contracts and not employees of our website or company.

Where required by law, tax documentation will be sent on an annual basis to the required government recipient(s). Artists who are residents of other nations may have to cooperate with collection of taxes as requested by their nation, state or local government.

How do I withdraw a design entry?

Click on the design entry you wish to remove.  You will see a "Withdraw" link above the image.  Click on the link to remove the entry.

What is the best size and file format for my entry?

We accept GIF, JPG, and PNG formats up to 4000px x 4000px and 2MB in size