Important Notice:

Invited artists are reminded that we will begin inviting artists new to our show after October 1st. After that date booths will only be reserved with completed registration forms and payment in full. Invited Artists: Please do not register and pay for additional artists who have not been invited. If you want to share a booth with another artist who has not been invited, let us know and we will evaluate their work as soon as we can.

Last year, history was made. This year, we're doing it again.

On March 6th, 7th, and 8th over 100 world class artists will be attending the 2015 Evergreen Tattoo Invitational. It's your chance to be a part of what is rapidly becoming one of the most prestigious tattoo events in the country. Along with gallons of flowing ink, there will be art seminars, musical entertainment, a beer garden and more. To check on the appointment availability of attending artists, please contact them directly via the links HERE.

"Conceived by co-founders Riley Smith and Joshua Carlton as a celebration of the art of tattooing — by and for the artists — Evergreen will gather together more than 200 professionals from 30 states and four countries for three days of workshops, music, performances, hobnobbing and, yes, tattooing, to which the public is invited." - Eugene Weekly

"There’s always this certain buzz in the air at conventions and I’m not talking about the tattoo machines. It’s truly humbling to be surrounded by so many talented individuals and having the chance to admire and share artwork.I don’t think anyone anticipated how busy and successful this convention would be, which only builds the anticipation for next year’s event. " - Tattooed Martha

"The best tattoo artists from across the globe gathered at the Willamalane Center in Springfield this weekend for the inaugural Evergreen Tattoo Invitational." - KMTR, News 16

"Earlier this year a pair of intrepid inkers, Joshua Carlton and Riley Smith added a new chapter to Springfield's history at the first Evergreen Tattoo Invitational and Expo." - tattoo Magazine

To view pictures, video and read more about this amazing event, please click HERE.

Thank you to our 2015 event sponsors!

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Logo Design by Ink Maven Creative | Painting by Joshua Carlton | Site Design by ONE INK 7
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Joshua Carlton
Joshua Carlton has been tattooing for the last 24 years, and painting for 10. He is the author of the best selling book Advanced Tattooing Techniques; A Guide to Realism and has also produced a series of DVD workshops In the Studio with Joshua Carlton in which artists can watch as he tattoos and explains his different techniques. Throughout his career Joshua has striven to push the boundaries of tattooing into the realm of the fine artists that he has always admired. After extensive traveling and tattooing all over the US Joshua now calls Eugene, Oregon home. Here he resides with his family and plays guitar with his band This Patch of Sky.
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Nichole Carlton
Indiana born and raised, Nichole Carlton has been heavily involved in the tattoo industry for the last 13 years. At 19 Nichole opened a greatly successful wedding photography studio, then after having her first born, Penelope, decided to move on to new horizons. Working closely alongside her husband Joshua Carlton, Nichole produced '100 Faces of Mary', an art book which showcased over 100 tattoo artists' depiction of The Virgin Mary. Along with the release of the book Nichole also curated a highly successful art show at Transcend Tattoo Gallery in Branford, CT.

She is excited now to focus her energy on the Evergreen Tattoo Convention, a goal that she has shared with Joshua coming to fruition. Nichole now resides in Eugene Oregon. When she's not working on the convention she is working 'behind the scenes' handling the business side of Joshua's art, or spending time with her family or in the garden, always with coffee in hand.
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Riley Smith
As a tattoo collector Riley researched the origins and traditions of tattooing. His research grew into a passion and led him to find an apprenticeship and get his own license to tattoo in Oregon.

After several years tattooing in “street shops” and with a strong belief in the sacred traditions of tattooing, Riley continues to grow as an artist. He tattoos regularly at his own shop as well as operating the Lifetime School of Tattooing. Riley’s graduates are working at prestigious shops all over the state and the school always has a waiting list for new enrollments. Riley’s graduates hold their own next to the best artists at tattoo shows all over the northwest region. Riley is proud to pass on the sacred traditions of tattooing to all of his students and provides them with more than just what is needed to get a license.

With a staunch character and sense of civic responsibility Riley proudly served two consecutive terms on the Springfield Art Commission, where he strived to open conservative eyes to tattooing as a true art form, and to pull down local stereotypes and cross culture bias. Riley continues to stay abreast of local politics and works with his local branch of Neighborhood Watch and the Springfield Police Dept. trying to help keep the peace and uphold family values. He is also a member of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.

Hard as a rock and stubborn as a mule, Riley would not take no for an answer from anyone and believed from the beginning conceptualization with his wife Erin, and with Joshua and Nichole Carlton, that they could make the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational one of the best and most highly acclaimed art festivals held anywhere, and that it would be just one more pathway for him to pass on the sacred traditions of tattooing.
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Erin Rust Smith
Erin Smith is the co-owner of Lifetime Tattoos and serves as Director of the Lifetime School of Tattooing in Springfield Oregon. Erin takes a personal interest in each students preparedness for the Oregon state tattoo licensure examination going so far as to drive graduates to the state capitol along with a full copy of their transcripts to ensure the testing, and associated red tape all flow smoothly.

Erin and her husband Riley have a wonderful 10 year old son named Patton whom they adore. She recently graduated from Lane Community College where she studied Art and Business. As a standout in the art department several of her sculptures and other artworks were often highlighted in campus displays.

She recently obtained her own Oregon Tattoo license, but between being a mom, running the shop, tattoo school and planning the convention she doesn't have much time for tattooing. She does find the time somewhere to take a lead in civic duties, and was recognized by the Springfield Neighborhood Watch with their “Good Neighbor Award” which was presented to her by the Chief of Police at a citywide celebration.

Erin is thoroughly involved in all aspects of the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational and believes that to make it the best show for the best artists it is her responsibility to make sure all bases are covered and that all invited artists get the personal attention they deserve.