Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2021: Check Out Some Epic Tattoos From the Annual Contest

by Leanne Stahulak

Motorcyclists have some of the sickest body art around, so it’s no surprise that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held a Tuesday Tattoo Contest.

Event holders wanted to celebrate the beautiful artwork and incredible stories behind the rally-goers’ tattoos. So on Tuesday night, they invited bikers up to Rally Point to show off their masterpieces to the crowd.

Starting at 5 p.m., contestants registered in up to two of the four categories. They could choose from Best Black & Grey, Best Color, Best Tribal (characterized by all-black design), or Best Fresh Tattoo (one received Monday or Tuesday at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally).

Judging began at 6 p.m. Winners could receive cash, special prizes, and bragging rights to having the best tattoo in town.

On their Instagram page, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally shared a slideshow of some of the top tats of the night. The first pic shows a woman with a beautiful sleeve of roses twining up her arm in black and grey. The second pic showed a guy with awesome artwork running up both arms, and even his armpits (ouch!). In the third pic, a man’s American flag tat seems to wave almost lifelike across his bicep.

The fourth pic features a gorgeous rendition of a dog in a field of sunflowers. The fifth shows a man covered head to toe in swirling, overlapping images. The sixth is definitely the most colorful of the bunch, with birds and plants twining in bright colors down a woman’s leg. And the seventh photo shows off cute, colorful cartoons tattooed on someone’s thigh.

Old School Tattoo, a local Sturgis shop, sponsored the event.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Holds Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday

Rally Point Stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was popping on Tuesday. Between the tattoo contest in the evening and the afternoon’s Military Appreciation Day celebration, bikers were filling up the downtown area.

For Military Appreciation Day, speakers got up on stage and celebrated the many veterans in the crowd. They also honored a local WWII veteran, who stayed afterward to talk to rally-goers and swap war stories. At 3 p.m., the motorcyclists were treated to a flyover by two B-1 lancers, who zipped across the sky at supersonic speed.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally also unveiled a new memorial going into the city. The Gold Star Memorial honors the families who lost loved ones overseas. The city unveiled a temporary, traveling memorial that mimics what the permanent structure will look like. Right now, the Woody Williams Foundation continues to raise funds for the project, which should be finished by August 2022.

The Rally officially hit the halfway point yesterday. Though five days have passed, there’s still plenty more to see and do in Sturgis this week.