Artist Registration


Please read this page carefully before filling out the form below. The deadline to apply is September 3rd. All paperwork for licensing must be turned into the health department by September 10th.

Booth Rental:
Each booth rental is 10’x10'. No more than two artists can operate out of a 10’x10' booth at the same time. Each 10’x10’ booth is $500. *Early Bird Special* Register and pay before June 30th, 2021 and receive $50 off each 10’x10’ booth. The event will provide each booth with two tables, table cloths, three folding chairs, one biohazard receptacle, one trash receptacle, one sharps container, one small sign, and an event t-shirt for each paying operator. Operators are responsible for water, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and any other materials needed beyond what the event will provide.

Read the following and apply to participate in Roughrider Ink & Iron Expo

The form below is just an application to participate in the event. If your application is accepted, the Health Department will require the following:

  • Proof of current CPR, blood-borne pathogens certificate, and proof of Hepatitis B vaccination (three-part series). Failure to provide all three of these items will prevent you from working at the event. If you need assistance locating Hepatitis B vaccination records, here is a link to all state health departments.
  • Completed 2021 Body Art Application and payment of $50 for the temporary operator’s license.

Please email or snail mail all records and the application (all at once) to the health department. The deadline to submit paperwork to the health department is September 10, 2021.

Brad Schneider
1240 25th Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
Office: 701.241.1387
[email protected]

Please fill out the form to apply as a body modification operator. If accepted, you will receive an email for a booth invoice and further instructions with logistics and licensing.

Roughrider's very good friend and former Ink Master, Kelly Severtson, will be joining us at the 2021 Ink & Iron Expo to share some of his wisdom.

Thursday, September 23 from 5 pm to 8 pm "Tattoo Design and the Principals of Image-Making (Emphasis on Digital Design)" $65

Have you ever wanted to understand exactly what is going on when you make art? Do you ever look at a piece of art and think, "Dang, that's cool. How did they do that?" Have you ever done a drawing that just didn't quite come out the way you envisioned in your head? This class is for you. We are gonna break it all down for you and then we are gonna build you back up. This class is about sharpening our tools and getting to know our own brains!

Friday, September 24 from 10 am to 4 pm (2 pm break for health inspection) "Crisp Bold Techniques" $100

Kelly's style is often described as 'smooth', 'buttery', 'crisp,' and 'bold.' It's a batch of qualities that make his work unique and recognizable while being legible and timeless. Attend this seminar and you'll get your first crack at what's under the ol' wizard's hat. He will go over what kind of machines, needles, and pigments he uses, but more importantly, he will answer questions about why he uses them. A clever student will walk away with an understanding of Kelly's methods and how they can be applied to any style or tattoo

Deadline for registration and payment is September 3rd.