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)
  • Bike Show by Maine Motorcycle Experience
  • 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. 


  • INTENZE Tattoo Ink
  • Morrison and Company, Bangor, Maine
  • Twin City Tire, Brewer, Maine
  • Quirk Auto

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 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! 


Judging Categories – contestants may enter Up to 2:

Best Small Black & Gray

Best Large Black & Gray

Best Small Color

Best Large Color

Best Sleeve

Best Cover-Up (Must bring printed “BEFORE” picture. Digital pics will not be accepted)

Best Military Themed

Veteran Only

Best in Show

Peoples Choice

CONTEST REGISTRATION is from 2:00 – 3:00 pm! Just show up as close to 2 pm as possible, and you will be directed to the registration booth.