Derby #104: Tattoo

Hey, this Derby's over. When you're finished reliving past glories, check out what's going on in the Derby right now. It's probably even cooler. Or at least newer.

For as long as humans have had skin, we've figured out some way to implant ink underneath it. From the cave to the palace, from the wharf to the mall, tattoos have been used to say everything from "I love my mom" to "Wouldn't it be awesome if this whale fought this giant squid?" Celebrate the tattoo with a painless, impermanent t-shirt.

Your design must have some clear connection to tattooing, tattoo culture, or recognizable tattoo styles. This doesn't mean your design has to be a rose or an anchor. If you're an expert in tat arcana and you want to parody a 16th century Malay thieves' tattoo, explain yourself and provide links to backup documentation and you're set. We'll also accept designs involving the idea of tattooing - your zombie tattoo parlor cartoon is fair game. But you can't just submit any old design and claim "This could totally be a tattoo."

Text is permitted as part of an illustration. This is looser than our "incidental text" rule. Your submission can rely on text for its meaning as long as there's a significant graphic element to the design. In short: no text-only designs.

Effective immediately, Heather Gray shirts *must* use the Heather Gray texture available here. Any shirts depicted on any sort of non-textured light gray shirt will be rejected. From now on, Heather Gray shirts have to look like Heathered Gray. Got it, bub?

And remember, this Derby's Honorable Mentions will be chosen by guest editor Adam "Ape Lad" Koford.

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