Kelli Jett, a self-professed tattoo addict, is in the quarterfinals of the competition to become the next Inked Magazine cover girl. CONTRIBUTED

Local ‘tattoo addict’ in contest to be Inked Magazine's new cover girl

Wife, mother, friend, adventure seeker, social butterfly, peace keeper and kindness spreader. 
These are some of the descriptions that Kelli Jett, 45, uses for herself.
She's also a self-professed tattoo addict.
Her love of tattoos has gotten her into the quarterfinals of the fierce competition to become the next Inked Magazine cover girl.

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Voting for the quarterfinals is on through Thursday, March 26, at 11 p.m. EDT and Jett is hoping that the community gets behind her.
"Winning this competition would mean the world to me. Not only am I competing with some social media famous girls, most are nearly half my age. I would love to be able to show that age is truly just a number. In addition, the grand prize of $25,000 is what is really driving me. In this time of an economic crisis and pandemic, the winnings would be very helpful to my family," said Jett. "I am cautiously optimistic about winning. I know it is a long shot, but I have come this far, I am not giving up now. I am very proud and thankful to have made it this far."

Jett notes that people can "and should" vote every 24 hours. After each round the votes reset. The contest is also a fundraiser for Music Cares and people can buy votes, but one vote per day is free. 

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Kelli Jett, a self-professed tattoo addict, is in the quarterfinals of the competition to become the next Inked Magazine cover girl. CONTRIBUTED

"This contest is completely out of my comfort zone but I had a group of girlfriends encourage me to do it ... after careful consideration I thought, 'what the heck,'" said Jett.

"I got my first tattoo at the age of 20 while living in San Diego, Flounder from “The Little Mermaid.” That was always my favorite Disney film," she said. 

The art on her body has gotten a lot more sophisticated since then. Jett says she has used Steffen Jewell at Wise Guys for some of her most recent pieces. Matt Clemmer at Aisle Nine is the artist for most of her ink.

If Jett makes it past the quarterfinals, the next step is the semifinals and then the finals. The semifinals begin March 27 and end April 2. Finals begin April 3 and end April 9 when the winner will be announced. 

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Kelli Jett, a self-professed tattoo addict, is in the quarterfinals of the competition to become the next Inked Magazine cover girl. CONTRIBUTED

Those wanting to vote for Jett can do so by visiting https://cover.inkedmag.com/2020/kelli-jett to cast their vote. 

"I am not sure how many tattoos that I have, as many make up one complete piece, but it is definitely upwards of twenty. All of my tattoos have meaning or tell a story. Some are as simple as I was young and wanted a fun tattoo and others are much more deep. For instance, wanting memorial pieces for my late daughter Skylar and others represent my children," said Jett. "I think my tattoos represent strength. Especially when a conversation is started about them and people ask what some of them mean."

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