Inked Hearts 2017 

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Jarrod Lear, of Eureka, shows off his new leg work done by artist Edward Lott of Grants Pass, Oregon on Friday.
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Jesse Balliett, of Fortuna, sat patiently as Eddy Flores, Deer's Eye Studio of Santa Fe Springs, California, created a new design.
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This recipient of a large tattoo stretched out while getting inked by Paul Meyers of Paul Meyers Ink of Santa Rosa on Friday.
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"Gucci" of Salinas is now adding images of his favorite L.A. Dodgers (Sandy Koufax) to his legs by his favorite tattoo artist, Juan Gonzalez of Exclusive Ink of Salinas.
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With his back already covered with art, "Gucci" of Salinas stopped by the Black Swan Collective of Ventura on Friday to get lettering filled in done by Bryan Lavish. On Sunday, Gucci won the Best Back award for a second year in a row.
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Here for the first time as a guest artist at Inked Hearts, Liz Venom, of Melbourne, Australia, said she specializies in floral, animal and nature-based tattoos. She was encouraged to sign up by Tara Cooper from the local Ohana Organics company at an event in Australia.
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Lucy Bogus, of Manila, worked on either a smile or a grimace as she watched Oliver Kenten from Eye of the Tiger of San Francisco add more inked artwork to her arm on Friday.
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As they prepared to take a break on Saturday, Casey Sheehan of Irish Ink Tattoo in Grants Pass, Oregon placed a protective cover over his hummingbird tattoo on Hannah Lemly, of Arcata. Lemly said she chose the original design by Sheehan because it reminded her of her mother's interest in hummingbirds.
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Arturo Salazar, of Crescent City, stopped by the Dedicated Tattoo booth on Saturday to get this tattoo of his son.
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Tattoo artists are now using "Pound of Flesh" synthetic hands and other parts of the human body to practice their skills. These hands display work done by Michael Arneson of Primate Tatu in Eureka.
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The finished tattoo of a hummingbird on the thigh of Hannah Lemly, of Arcata.
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Best of Day and Best of Black and White winner Lisa Hower of Addiction Tattooing.
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Art work of other types available for sale at Inked Hearts included these mosaic skulls and other creations by artist Heidi Potter of Gypsy Soul Glass in Reno.
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Nawdy Little, of Eureka, checked out the art work on the back of "Gucci" on Saturday. On Sunday, "Gucci" won the Best Back award for the second year in a row.
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Megan Franklin, of Springfield, Missouri, chose to get this image of Meeko, her miniature Australian cattle dog, added to her thigh by Liz Cook of Rebel Muse Tattoo in Dallas – and on Sunday, it won the Best of Show award while still in progress. Anthony Crisanti,of Laytonville, won the Best Leg Award for his tattoo done by Eye of the Tiger in San Francisco. The Best of the Day Award for Sunday was won by Brian Haas, of Houston for work also done by Cook of Rebel Muse Tattoo.
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Chewbabacca gets the first of two Star Wars companions (R2-D2 and C-3P0) added to the leg of Jarrod Lear, of Eureka, by artist Lisa Hower of Addiction Tattooing in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Later on Friday, Hower was awarded Best of Day as well as Best Black and White for this work.
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Joshua Carlton of Evergreen Tattoo in Eugene, Oregon, paused as he created a fruit bat tattoo on Carrie Bosworth, of Bayside. Why a fruitbat? "I just like them," she said.
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Wearing leopard-print and a ready smile, Stevie Di'Luxe, of Eureka, was chosen as Miss Inked Hearts of 2017 on Friday evening.
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Freddy Johncox, of Arcata, asked artist Rob Hill of Ventura Tattoo to create this image on his left shoulder on Saturday.
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When not working on a client, Cory Boersma of Artful Dodger Tattoo in Seattle spent his free time designing new art.
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Christian Madrigal, of Modesto, was in for hours of art work done on his chest on Saturday by Izzy of Foundation Tattoo of Modesto.
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Jarrod Lear, of Eureka, shows off his new leg work done by artist Edward Lott of Grants Pass, Oregon on Friday.

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