Creative ink: Bike Time's Tattoo Contest draws inspiration, humor

Creative ink: Bike Time’s Tattoo Contest draws inspiration, humor

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Creative ink: Bike Time's Tattoo Contest draws inspiration, humor

Loading Photo Gallery MUSKEGON, MI — Motorcycles and tattoos go hand-in-hand when it comes to Muskegon Bike Time.

For the eighth annual Tattoo Contest, a number of bikers and Muskegon residents paraded on stage Saturday, July 19, and showed off their intricate ink at the Budweiser Beverage Tent located on the corner of Fourth Street and Steel Horse Alley.

Among those covered in ink was Grandville resident Steve Melton, who won Best Sleeve for the collection of tattoos on his arm.

"The inspiration of my sleeve is the South. I’m a Southern boy, have been all my life," Melton said. "On my arm I have my rebel flag, with the freedom of my eagle coming out of it. I love my heritage."

Melton’s elbow drew a few cheers from the crowd, as it showcased a peace sign in which Melton said he got because "all Southern boys down South like a ‘piece’ of something."

It took Jim Cutler from Grand Haven about 85 hours to cover his entire back in tattoos that were dominated by a dragon.

Cutler, who won in the Black and White Category, also had skin diver piercings on his arms that were surrounding by tatted skin.

The reasons for some of the tattoos seemed to be crazier than the tattoos themselves. One of the contestants had a Dorito located on his back shoulder blade — he claimed it was there so he would always have a chip on his shoulder. A mechanic welder said he chose to have flames tattooed on his forearm because of how many times he had set that arm on fire.

Others had more sentiment in their creation. Three-year breast cancer survivor and Newaygo resident Angie Christine had an image of a female superhero imprinted on her arm, which included a pink ribbon interwoven into the cape.Dwayne Hoek from Grand Rapids took home the award for Most Realistic Tattoo, as his elaborate tattoos ran along the entire right side of his body.After a couple […]