Here you will find a comprehensive list of events, demos, exhibits, sideshows and our world-famous tattoo contest! We will be updating this on a regular basis for the time being so please keep checking back!


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The #ACTattooExpo tattoo contests is a huge part of the weekend. We'll see some stiff competition, and out of this world ink. Here is the list of categories. We're looking forward to seeing all of your bodies. $10 per entry, per category. 

Friday, Nov. 5 


  • Tattoo of the Day Color

  • Tattoo of the Day Black and Gray

Saturday Nov. 6

​5:00pm - 7:00pm

  • Best Male/Female Small Color (Under 4 inches in diameter)

  • Best Male/Female Medium Color (4 to 9 inches in diameter)

  • Best Male/Female Large Color (over 9 inches in diameter)

  • Best Water Color

  • Best Male/Female Arm Sleeve

  • Best Out of this World (Space / Alien)

  • Best Traditional

  • Best Geometric/Ornamental Design

  • Best Cover Up

  • Best Overall Male

  • Best Overall Female


  • Tattoo of the Day Color

  • Tattoo of the Day Black and Gray

Sunday Nov. 7

​3:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Best Color Flash

  • Best Portrait

  • Best Black & Gray Flash

  • Best Male/Female Small Black and Gray (Under 4 inches in diameter)

  • Best Male/Female Medium Black & Gray (4 to 9 inches in diameter)

  • Best Male/Female Large Black and Gray (Over 9 inches in diameter)

  • Best Male/Female Leg Sleeve

  • Best Male/Female Hand

  • Best Male/Female Back or Chest Piece


  • Tattoo of the Day Color

  • Tattoo of the Day Black and Gray

  • Best of Show (Must consist of only tattoo of the day winners)

Contestants sign-up at the front ticketing booth and is $10 per category to enter. We do not ask for artist name when entering, to prevent chances of favoritism, etc.

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NOVEMBER 5 - 8:00PM  /  NOVEMBER 6 - 3:00PM  / NOVEMBER 7 - 1:30PM

Are you easily grossed-out or made uncomfortable? Then you might want to sit this one out. In this daily ritual that has become a staple of #ACTattooExpo, contestants can win cash by doing outrageous, stomach-turning, or embarrassing acts. Contestants are picked on-the spot by volunteering and you MUST complete or win said challenge to take home the loot. Are you up for it?


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For years the Atlantic City Tattoo Expo has celebrated the immortal style and class of the Pin-Up Girl. So why would our return in 2021 be any different? We are excited to bring this classic contest to our new home at the Hard Rock Atlantic City. We are looking for your interpretation of a pin-up creative license is welcome. Participants will be judged on their overall pinup look, Q&A, and all-around attitude and style.

The contest will be happening on Saturday, November 6th at 7pm, Pinups can sign-up anytime between when the show starts on Friday, November 5th, and about 6:30pm on November 6th!

Sign-Ups for the Pin-Ups Contest are at the ticketing gate for the expo.

1st place $300 plus goodies
2nd Place $150 plus goodies
3rd Place $50 plus goodies

The Contest is part of the 3 day Atlantic City Tattoo Expo at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel.



NOVEMBER 5 - 7PM /  NOVEMBER 6 - 1PM, 4:30PM, 9PM  / NOVEMBER 7 - 12:30PM, 2:30PM

Edgy and Humor-filled Twist on the Classic American Sideshows of the Early 20th Century, Brothers "Matterz Squidling” and "Jelly Boy the Clown” combine their feats of wonder, skill, and comedy, tho gives their audiences a fast-paced, high-risk, unforgettable experience.