Literary Ink has announced a call to young artists. (Photo: TRD Photography)

As plans continue for the first Harry Potter-themed tattoo convention in Chattanooga this March, Main Line Ink has announced an art contest for high school students to go along with the theme.

The inaugural Literary Ink will take place March 9–11 at the DoubleTree Hotel downtown. Tickets are available here.

Although the convention is intended for adults, organizers want to offer a way for children and teens to get involved from an artistic standpoint.


Students are encouraged to submit their wizard-themed art by Feb. 10 in person at Main Line Ink.

The overall winner from the high school seniors group will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Main Line Ink and friends. Fifteen entries from each grade level will be selected for display during the art show. Students who win first, second or third place in their grade will win a two-hour workshop with Main Line artists.

The artwork is open to interpretation, but the canvas should be 16 by 20 or smaller.

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“When we first opened the shop, we wanted to work with a nonprofit, so we supported Jack’s Chattanoggins for five years, helping them raise money to build the new children’s hospital in town,” said Jennifer Edge, co-owner of Main Line Ink. “This year, we wanted to work with young artists by doing a kids art show alongside Literary Ink.”

In addition to the art contest, officials have also announced an event for children at St. Mark’s Church to coincide with Literary Ink.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10, kids can enjoy a large-scale paint-by-number project, book readings and workshops. More information is expected to be announced about the event soon.

Designed to be an intersection of “literary, fantasy and artistic magic,” Literary Ink will be as much about Harry Potter as it is about tattoos.

More than 30 tattoo artists whose work highlights a passion for all things literary will attend. In addition, the event will feature more than 40 vendors, a Harry Potter meets Chattanooga scavenger hunt, a tattoo meet-and-greet dinner, Harry Potter drinks, tattoo contests and other book-themed events.