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Ed Sheffer INK & IRON FEST ’22

October 9 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

VETERANS & FRIENDS MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Ed Sheffer INK & IRON FEST, benefitting Maine Veterans!
When: Oct. 9rd, 2022, 2pm – 7pm
Where: Jeff’s Catering & Event Center, Brewer, ME
Event Entry Fee is $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! This is an adult event so please keep this in mind if planning to attend.
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 (for Veterans Only)
Best in Show
CONTEST REGISTRATION is from 2:00 – 3:00pm! Just show up as close to 2pm as possible and you will be directed to the registration booth.


October 9
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Diversified Ink
Maine Veterans Project


Jeff’s Catering
15 Event Center Way
Brewer, ME 04412 United States
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(207) 989-1811
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