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Design Challenge #3: Everybody Loves Maidens!

Posted in Design Challenges, Maiden of the Month with tags , , on February 7, 2010 by metalinkshop

Announcing Design Challenge #3, inspired by Valentine’s Day and our lovely inked Maidens…

“Everybody Loves Maidens”

We’re calling for designs inspired by any of the past winners of our Maiden of the Month contest!

1st Maiden Radeo
June Maiden Bambu
July Maiden AbbiLee
August Maiden KatieKelly
September Maiden BriannaBelladona
October Maiden Ginary
November Maiden Squee
December Maiden Ashlee
January Maiden Bob

If you include “Inspired by Radeo” or something like that in the title of your design, we’ll know that it’s a submission for Design Challenge #3.

Designs should be focused on creativity, as we are looking for original art inspired by a Maiden’s image and/or her tattoos. You may choose to depict the Maiden herself or create a design based on her ink. Again, creativity and originality will count most, so try to avoid simple designs, such as copying a Maiden’s tattoos.

When your design is finished, you can submit it on the regular Submit Designs page:
http://www.metalinkshop.com/index.php?option=com_forms&usrprof=design

Deadline to submit designs: March 1
Deadline to rate designs: TBD

Prizes:
* $300 credit
* Residuals from t-shirt sales
* Automatic entry into our Design of the Year contests

Ideas & Inspiration:
If you need ideas, just go to the Rate Maidens page and check the “Winners” box and click “Search” to view photo sets of all past winning Maidens. You can also view winning sets on the Gallery page.

Email us at newsletter@metalinkshop.com if you have any questions, and good luck!

Designs inspired by BAMBU!, compiled in one spot for your viewing pleasure!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , , on November 2, 2009 by metalinkshop

Thanks for all awesome submissions for our 1st ever Special Design Challenge, Design for BAMBU! We compiled all the entries here to make it easy for you to view & rate them! Enjoy!

You choose which design(s) will get printed, so log on to metalinkshop.com and rate today! Note: Voting for Bambu Design Challenge ends on Dec 31.

Bambu Faux Chic
“Bambu Faux Chic” by Quakerninja http://bit.ly/18ehUF

Bambu
“Bambu” by Jun087 http://bit.ly/87C5s

Bambu Twist
“Bambu Twist” by Flash13 http://bit.ly/1kxK9l

Qetza bambu
“Bambu” by Qetza http://bit.ly/28gW2C

legend of holy pink
“Legend of Holy Pink” by Raven http://bit.ly/3ygChF

39509_Bambu-eyes2
“Bambu Eyes” by RydellSG http://bit.ly/15MLqc

Bambu by Lyra
“Bambu” by Lyra http://bit.ly/X6IcX

Ink Cap
“Bambu Ink Cap” by Laylangel http://bit.ly/1wus1u

17223_dpoe-bambu
“BAMBU” by Mrdavidpoe http://bit.ly/Q7JQv

Rate HORROR! themed designs!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , on October 30, 2009 by metalinkshop

Happy Halloween! We compiled all the awesome designs submitted for the HORROR! Design Challenge to make it easy for you to vote!

Enjoy & remember, the HORROR! Design Challenge ends on Oct 31, so get your designs in before it’s too late! Voting ends Dec 31.

"The Bride"
“The Bride” by Stein.hansen http://bit.ly/unQRZ

"Samurai Spirit"
“Samurai Spirit: The Undead Soul” by Raven http://bit.ly/1DRxfK

"Jack My Lantern"
“Jack My Lantern” by sidewinder72 http://bit.ly/14s3gx

"Oblivion Beckons"
“Oblivion Beckons” by Quakerninja http://bit.ly/gQF5H

"Heads...Up"
“Heads…Up” by Fatmouse http://bit.ly/3IhdHN

"Undead Moon"
“Undead Moon” by David_M http://bit.ly/2AoaCt

"Vampire 2046"
“Vampire 2046” by jun087 http://bit.ly/1jN5xL

Watch Qetza Craft His Bambu-inspired Design!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , on October 8, 2009 by metalinkshop

You don’t want to miss this amazing video!

http://www.vimeo.com/6897286

qetza's Bambu-inspired design

qetza's Bambu-inspired design

To get more info on our Design for Bambu Challenge, see this earlier post. To see and rate all of the submissions for the Design for Bambu Challenge, go to Rate Designs at metalinkshop.com.

Design Challenge #2: HORROR!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , on October 1, 2009 by metalinkshop

Announcing our 2nd special Design Challenge: HORROR!

Submission Guidelines

Create a design based on the concept of horror! What frightful & spooky ideas can you summon up? Get inspired by horror tattoos, horror films, horror posters…you get the idea!

Deadline to submit designs: October 31
Deadline for voting: TBD

Prizes

Each design that gets selected wins:
* $700 cash
* $300 credit
* Residuals from T-shirt sales (more details here)
* Automatic entry into our Design of the Year contests

Email Metal Ink if you have any questions, and good luck!

Our Newest Addiction: Rydell, Metal Ink’s 1st Designer/Maiden!

Posted in Design Challenges, Designer Interviews, Maiden of the Month with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by metalinkshop

Rydell is a super hot designer who recently submitted her work for the Design for Bambu challenge! We recently called her in Alberta, Canada (cell phone bill’s gonna look gruesome this month) and discussed her dual design and modeling careers! You won’t want to miss Rydell’s entry in the November Maiden of the Month contest!

RydellSG

RydellSG

MI: How did you find out about Metal Ink?

R: I know some of the other girls who were on the site—Glitch, Kraven, and I’ve seen Radeo’s pictures from the shoot she did for Maiden of the Month.

MI: Are you also a Suicide Girl?

R: Sure am!

MI: What do you like about Metal Ink?

R: I like that you can send in designs. A lot of girls who are on SG have jobs besides modeling.

MI: Do you work in graphic design or illustration? I ask because you submitted a design for the Design for Bambu challenge. You’re going to be the first Maiden to also be a Designer!

R: Well, I’m going to participate in the November contest, but yeah I can’t wait!

MI: Your design, “Bambu Eyes,” is beautiful. I really like it, especially the colors you used. Can you tell us a little about how you came up with the idea?

Bambu Eyes by Rydell

Bambu Eyes by Rydell

R: I took Bambu’s profile picture off of SG which had a good close-up of her eyes. She has a lot of great tattoos but they’re spaced everywhere and it’s kinda hard to put on a t-shirt, unlike Radeo who has tattoos that are easier to put on a tee.

I traced over her eyes using Illustrator, gave her a little eye shadow. Photoshop is good but I don’t like it for making t-shirts. I used to work at a t-shirt company and I used to do screen printing and design, I did all the graphics and applied it. I found that for making t-shirts, Illustrator is easier to use.

MI: Bambu does have beautiful eyes. I love that you’re going for an ’80s look–it reminds me of that popular design with the eyes and red lipstick! Is that what inspired you?

R: No, actually, but someone else mentioned that. She called it the David Bowie eyes.

MI: Someone on SG? Did you talk about the design on your SG profile?

R: Yeah I have a link to the design.

MI: Cool, that’s the way to do it—get your friends to vote for your design. Can you tell us about your favorite tattoo, and the story behind it?

R: Probably my favorite is the most recent one I just got. I just finished one of my sleeves. It’s a sugar skull. All of my tattoos are symmetrical and mirrored, by the way.

MI: Is a sugar skull just a popular type of tattoo? I think Radeo has one too…

R: In Mexico, they have the Dia de los Muertos. A sugar skull is a candy skull that they make and decorate to celebrate loved ones that have passed away. It’s a representation for people that have passed away. They put daisies on the eyes or and something in the center forehead, like a rose or a diamond, and they make them for shrines.

MI: So it’s just one big sugar skull on your arm?

R: From the elbow down it’s sugar skulls and old school roses and filigree.

MI: Sounds awesome! Is that what you’ll show off in your photos for the November Maiden of the Month contest?

R: Yeah I don’t have pictures of it yet, but you’ll see them in November! BTW, I got it done by James Tex of Deadly Tattoos Inc. in Calgary.

sugar skull mamacita

sugar skull mamacita

Our 1st Special Design Challenge!

Posted in Design Challenges with tags , , on September 18, 2009 by metalinkshop

We’re calling for designs inspired by BAMBU, winner of our June Maiden of the Month contest!

Submission Guidelines

Designs should be focused on creativity, as we are looking for original art inspired by Bambu’s image and/or tattoos. You may choose to depict Bambu herself or create a design based on Bambu’s ink. Again, creativity and originality will count most, so try to avoid simple designs, such as copying Bambu’s tattoos.

Deadline to submit designs: October 31
Deadline for voting: TBD

Prizes

Each design that gets selected wins:
* $700 cash
* $300 credit
* Residuals from T-shirt sales (more details here)
* Automatic entry into our Design of the Year contests

Ideas & Inspiration

If you need ideas, just go to the Metal Ink Gallery to view Bambu’s photo shoots. Note there are 2 shoots here, one with Bambu modeling our apparel and the other with Bambu showing off her ink close-up (see bottom of page). You can also check out Bambu’s Myspace page and her guest entry our our blog!

Email Metal Ink if you have any questions, and good luck!

Bambu bedroom