Gulfport tattoo artist Benjamin Rusher has won the annual Biloxi Seafood Festival Poster Contest for the second year in a row.
But he’s got a few more victories to go before he matches the five-year run of Matt Stebly, owner of Twisted Anchor Tattoo and great grandson of famed Ocean Springs artist Walter Anderson.
Rusher was named the winner Wednesday morning by the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce at a Breakfast with the Mayor event, the Chamber announced in a press release.
He owns Integrity Tattoo Company in the Edgewater Square shopping center at Eisenhower Drive and Pass Road. He specializes in watercolor tattoos and has been tattooing since 2008.
Rusher said he looked to the past for inspiration when creating his submission that pays homage to South Mississippi’s seafood industry.
“I was inspired by the Gulf Coast and by the Seafood Festival posters of yesteryear,” he said in the press release. “The old ones are my favorites and I hope I did them justice.”
Rusher depicted the Lady Lily shrimp boat on the shell of a blue crab as the focal point of the poster. The Biloxi lighthouse stands tall in the background, and boiled seafood and a beautiful bird frames the Lady Lily.
Posters can be purchased at the Biloxi Visitors Center, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and Negrotto’s Gallery. The posters are $50 for signed and numbered prints and $25 for unsigned prints.
The 36th Annual Biloxi Seafood Festival will be held Sept. 9-10 at Biloxi’s Town Green. For more information contact Rachael Seymour at 228-604-0014.