How to Get Paid $300 (or More) to Draw Sketches for Tattoo Enthusiasts

Are you a struggling artist looking for a way to pay a few extra bills or earn some extra cash? With unemployment still high, I’m sure there are more than a few of you out there…

The crowdsourcing site has a novel idea for artists in need of work: customers come up with tattoo ideas, crowdsource them out to the artist community, and then pick the rendition they like most.

And their is some serious cash being traded too. How does $300 per sketch sound?

Tattoo Art Contests?

Tattoo art is incredibly individualized. One man’s Harley-Davidson-cruising, Dungeons and Dragons warrior – donning an ace-of-spades-shaped war hammer tattoo art is another’s peaceful unicorn, delightfully prancing amidst butterflies and tulips in a deep-green mythical meadow. With, the uniqueness of tattoo art means potential cash in your pocket.

Sounds complicated? It’s not. Here’s how it works: runs contests where customers have a particular artistic tattoo idea in mind. They describe their custom tattoo idea; you then draw it up and submit it for a potential shot at a cash prize (87% net of commission). Contests start out at minimum $20, run for 10-16 days and some even fetch north of $300 bucks. Three hundred bucks for creating ink art from the comfort of your home? Sounds pretty good to me…

The CreateMyTattoo Marketplace

In addition to sketch contests, CreateMyTattoo has a marketplace that allows artists to sell their designs to the masses. If you have a large backlog of ink art and want to sell it,’s basic marketplace may be a financial panacea for you. Here’s how to roll with it:

  1. Artists start out by creating an artist account at (click the “design tattoos” button and don’t worry — it’s free to sign up).
  2. Go to the marketplace.
  3. Submit a design.
  4. Set prices for your work (starting at $5.95). People looking to get inked will buy your art at the tattoo marketplace; payments come back to you through Paypal (more instructions on getting started here).

More Good news

You can sell your ink art stencils over and over in the marketplace. You retain the rights to your work and pays you a generous 75% net of the sale price.

So, what do you think? Can you draw? Would you be willing to enter a tattoo sketch contest?

Good luck Penny Hoarders!