Canman and Anthony will be tattooing at many Tattoo events.

The first event of 2024 is The Massachusetts Tattoo and arts festival .

 located in central MA. conveniently right off the Mass Pike in Sturbridge.

Tattoo events features tattooing, piercing, tattoo contests, sideshow entertainment acts, local artisans, vendors and more! Also, award-winning tattoo artists from all over the country in one spot!!

Canman and Anthony have some opening available and medium to large project are first to be considered.

Go to our Tattoo Request form to get your tattoo project started.

Spaces move fast.

As a result, don’t sleep on it!

Tattoo event details

The Massachusetts Tattoo and Art Festival was founded in 2006 by Joe and Irene Peterson. They both own Zaza Ink and this event is held each year in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Festival Dates & Times

  • March 22-24, 2024
    • All artists must be present for health dept inspections at 1pm 
    • Friday 4p – 10p   
    • We are aiming for an earlier opening time, dependent on the time frame of the opening inspections
    • Saturday 11a – 10p
    • Sunday 11a – 5p

Location & Accommodations

The Sturbridge Host Hotel
366 Main St.
Sturbridge, MA 01566

For room reservations call: 1-800-582-3232 Please remember to mention the MTAF to receive the show rate! 


Tattoo events Tickets are available at the door only this year. $25 day or $60/ weekend pass

Children 12 and under are free. 

Do you think your tattoo has what it takes to beat the rest?

Planning on getting some amazing body art this weekend?

Therefore, enter it in one of the tattoo contests!

Contest are held at 8 pm Friday and Saturday3 pm Sunday.

The entry cut-off is 30 minutes prior.

The entry fee is $10/ per contest.

Sign-up sheets are available at the ticket counter.

Please note which contests require accompanying photos; entries w/out photos will be disqualified.

First place only (started and finished at the show):

  • Best of Show
  • Tattoo of the Day
  • Best Theme-related tattoo

The following categories require an accompanying photo and are 1st Place only:

  • Best Cover-up
  • Best  B & G Portrait
  • Best Color Portrait
  • Best Animal Portrait

1st place and Honorable Mention:

  • B & G Back Piece
  • Color Back Piece
  • B & G Sleeve
  • Color Sleeve
  • Sm B & G
  • Med. B & G
  • Lg B & G
  • Jumbo B & G
  • Sm Color
  • Med. Color
  • Lg Color
  • Jumbo Color
  • Leg Sleeve
  • Traditional
  • Floral
  • Hand/Neck/Foot

Contest Rules

  • Small: Must fit within a 4″×6″ area
  • Medium: Must fit within a 6″×10″ area
  • Large: Must fit within a 9″×15″ area
  • Jumbo: Larger than 9″×15″ but not a complete sleeve/ back piece
  • Arm sleeve must be complete, covering both the upper and forearm
  • Leg sleeve must be complete covering both upper and lower leg
  • Back piece must cover the entire back
  • $10 per entry
  • Less than 3 entries into any category voids that category
  • The same tattoo can only be entered twice
  • Best of show and tattoo of the day tattoos must be started and finished on the show floor or you will be disqualified
  • Arguing about the rules/judges/fee/other entrants etc will disqualify you

Contest Schedule


  • Small and Medium B&G and Color categories
  • Hand/Neck/Foot
  • Traditional
  • Tattoo of the Day


  • B&G / Color Back Pieces
  • B&G / Color Sleeves
  • B&G / Color Portraits **photo required**
  • Animal Portraits  **Photo Required**
  • Cover Up ** before photo required**
  • Tattoo of the Day


  • B&G / Color Large & Jumbo size
  • Leg Sleeve
  • Floral
  • Best of Theme
  • Tattoo of the Day
  • Best of Show