Ed Sheffer INK & IRON FEST ’22

VETERANS & FRIENDS MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Ed Sheffer INK & IRON FEST, benefiting Maine Veterans!

When: Oct. 9rd, 2022, 2 pm – 7 pm
Where: Jeff’s Catering & Event Center, Brewer, ME

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Event Entry Fee is a $10 minimum donation – FREE FOR VETERANS!

Please join us for this fun and one-of-a-kind benefit featuring:

  • Tattoo Contest – 7 categories judged by 6 local tattoo studios (see below for contestant information)
  • FREE Bike Show by Maine Motorcycle Experience (see below for categories)
  • FREE Car Show by FamilyTies Racing (see below for categories)
  • Mobile Axe throwing from Smoke and Steel BBQ. (see axe throwing lane here)
  • Live Music by DAKOTA
  • Vendor Booths
  • Silent Auction
  • Cash bar and complimentary snacks

PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to compete to join the fun! Spectators and veteran supporters are welcome! However, this is an adult event, so please keep this in mind if planning to attend. 



CONTEST REGISTRATION is from 2:00 – 4:00 pm! See the registration booth when you arrive.

Tattoo Contest Categories – (contestants may enter Up to 2 categories with 2 different tattoos)

  • Best Small Black & Gray
  • Best Large Black & Gray
  • Best Small Color
  • Best Large Color
  • Best Cover-Up (Must bring printed “BEFORE” picture. Digital pics will not be accepted)
  • Best Military Themed 
  • Veterans Only
  • Peoples Choice
  • Best in Show


1st Place – Plaque and $200 Giftcard to tattoo shop (AND TOTAL BRAGGING RIGHTS!!)

2nd Place – Plaque and T-Shirt

3rd Place – T-Shirt

Tattoo Contest Judging By:



  • Veterans Choice
  • Best Custom
  • Best in Show



  • Veterans Choice
  • Best Custom
  • Best in Show

Hosted by Diversified Ink Tattoo, Forecastle Tattoo, and the Maine Veterans Project, 100% of proceeds go to our local Veterans! 

Event History:  This event in its previous format – AKA the Veterans Benefit Tattoo Contest – was the brainchild of Doc Goodwin, founder of MVP, and Ed Sheffer, founder of Diversified Ink. They wanted to create a social event that encouraged veterans to get out and share tattoo stories in a fun and comfortable atmosphere. The first tattoo contest was held in the basement of Seasons restaurant in 2017 and was such a success that the following year, and ever since, it has been held at Jeff’s Catering. Every year it has grown and, over time, added a Live Band, Silent Auction, Tattoo studios booths, Vendor Booths, etc. Sadly, Ed Sheffer passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2020, and therefore the event was renamed to pay tribute to one of its founders, as well as two things that a lot of veterans have in common: INK & IRON!