The highest badge a tattoo can get in the community. Chosen among more than 75 publishers with a common goal, to establish the standard of quality in the art of tattooing. Community editors follow certain guidelines:
Reasons for not being selected
- Quality of the line. If a tattoo has no definition of contours it cannot be Masterpiece.
- Fills. If a tattoo has badly degraded fillings or simply over tattooed it can not be Masterpiece.
- Image quality. If the photo is pixelated (very important), uses frames, collages or backgrounds manipulated cannot be Masterpiece.
- Duplication. A Masterpiece for each tattoo, not each publication of the same tattoo, so we avoid false statistics.
On the other hand the editors do not value in the selection of Masterpieces the following aspects:
Reasons that are not evaluated
- Topic. The themes used in the tattoos do not affect the selection.
- Tonality. Tones or colors do not affect the selection.
- Complexity. The difficulty in the elaboration of a tattoo does not affect the selection.
What must be understood is that a Masterpiece tattoo is a tattoo that meets the expectations of the editors of the community. So there can be very basic and simple tattoos that are Masterpieces, but tattoos with great complexity are not. The standards are set by the best tattooers in the specific styles. For example an old school tattoo will be evaluated differently than a realistic tattoo. The standard of an old school tattoo will be more subtle and a higher definition of finish will be required, whereas in a black & grey tattoo editors will value depth or gradients.