Plymouth's Best Tattoo Announced!!

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The search for the Plymouth's best tattoo began a few weeks ago as part of a competition held by The Plymouth Herald.

A staggering 350 people entered their tattoos into the competition to see who had the best ink in the city, there were countless designs, styles, colors and subjects from commemorative pieces to natural themed images inspired by David Attenborough!! But of course only one person could win, and the person with the final decision was legendary tattoo artist Doc Price!

In a career spanning 65 years and an incredible 40 acres of skin tattooed, 83 year-old Plymouth tattoo artist Doc Price was the perfect guy to judge The Plymouth Heralds first tattoo competition. His love of ink has taken him from Plymouth to the far side of the world and back again, he's judged international conventions in Japan and the US but deciding on the best tattoo in the city was no easy feat!

Do Price, photo by Lucy Davies
Do Price, photo by Lucy Davies

"There is some extraordinarily good work here...To whittle this down to a top six is going to be incredibly difficult...some of the designs that I'm looking at here would win awards on an international level, let alone on a local scale."

After much deliberation the best tattoo in Plymouth was awarded to 22 year-old barmaid Enya Mitchell and her superhero themes leg tattoos. Inspired by The Avengers Enya had an Iron Man helmet tattooed on one side of her leg and mirrored it with a Loki piece on the other.

Winning Loki Tattoo by Damian Cain
Winning Loki Tattoo by Damian Cain

“I love the whole sci-fi, gamer genre and I’m an epic fan of The Avengers film - hence why I had the tattoos done. It’s not actually finished yet, though...I’ve got some more bits to add, and some shading that needs doing too.”

The winning designs are the work of artist Damian Cain who is one of the best for sci-fi inspired ink! For Doc it was the striking color and brilliant 3D effect that made the tattoo a winner. Though that is not to take anything away from any other entry, some of the other submissions were equally as striking!!

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David Attenborugh Inspired Back Piece
David Attenborugh Inspired Back Piece
Some more awesome work entered into the competition!!
Some more awesome work entered into the competition!!
Japanese sleeve belonging to Tom Legge came in 2nd
Japanese sleeve belonging to Tom Legge came in 2nd

The impressive Japanese work was completed by artist Caroline Derwent

The impressive tattoo collection of Cindy Garrity came in 3rd
The impressive tattoo collection of Cindy Garrity came in 3rd
Dan Mackenzie's mythology inspired ink came in 4th
Dan Mackenzie's mythology inspired ink came in 4th

The awesome black and grey sleeve was done by Paul Davies of Artium Ink!!

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