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The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word "tatu" which means "to mark something." Love them or hate them, tattoos have evolved over the years to become a way for artists to wear and express their artistic style. This week, create a repeating design inspired by a tattoo style that catches your eye. From vintage to new school, American Traditional to watercolor, show us what you've got!


Overview

December’s design inspiration will test your creativity as we explore a wide range of themes. From four-legged friends to one-of-a-kind tattoos (and everything in between!), there’s bound to be something for every type of artist. Keep reading to find out which themes will pique your interest most (we hope all of them!) during December’s design challenge.

Prizes

  • 1 first place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

Tattoos Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 3 PM EST.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.

Timeline

  • 11/03/2017: Submissions open
  • 12/19/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EST
  • 12/21/2017: Public voting opens
  • 12/26/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EST to determine top 25 entries
  • 12/28/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Color Blocking Shapes Design Challenge

Color-Blocking Shapes

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Winners to be announced August 22

Submissions close August 20 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 22

Neutral Retreat Design Challenge

Neutral Retreat

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Submissions close August 27 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 29

1 Yard Cheater Quilt Design Challenge

1-Yard Cheater Quilt

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Submissions close September 3 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 5

Halloween Embroidery Design Challenge

Halloween Embroidery

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Submissions close September 10 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 12

Winter Flora Design Challenge

Winter Flora

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Submissions close September 17 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 19

Current Challenge Past Challenges