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Season 6

This time it's going to be a street fight. Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of "Ink Master."

Each week the series puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a "Human Canvas." Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The "Ink Master" Season 6 contestants include Chris Blinston, Miami Burgess, Erik Campbell, Big Ceeze, Dave Clarke, Duffy Fortner, Craig Foster, Ryan Hadley, Kito Talbert, Dave Kruseman, Marisa LaRen, St. Marq, Katie McGowan, Mat "MV" Valles, Earl Noble, Tyler Nolan, Matt O'Baugh and Brian Stephens.

"Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Charlie Corwin's Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter as executive producers of the series. Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series with Chris Rantamaki is the network's Senior Vice President of Original Series. Kevin Bartel, the Vice President of Series Development, oversees production of "Ink Master" for Spike.


Season 5

In the season opener the artists put ink-to-skin right from the get-go. There are eighteen artists standing, including season three rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn, and each of them are forced to collaborate with their biggest rival in a tag team tattoo challenge (right away as they are challenged to tattoo as a tag team).

The "Ink Master" Season 5 contestants include Aaron Is Michalowski, Angel Bauta, Caroline Evans, Cleen Rock One, Cris Element, Don Peddicord, Elton "LT" Duarte, Emily Elegado, Erik Siuda, Jason Clay Dunn, Jayvo Scott, Joshua Hibbard, Julia Carlson, Mark Longenecker, Robbie Ripoll, Ryan Eternal, Tim Lees and Ty'Esha Reels.


Season 4

A new twist for Season 4 is that the winner of each week's Elimination Tattoo challenge will also get to put an artist up for elimination along with the Human Canvas jury and the series judges.

In the season opener the artists put ink-to-skin right from the get-go. There are seventeen artists standing, but only one — Kyle Dunbar who was voted back to compete in the Season 3 finale — with a guaranteed spot this season. It's a cut-throat competition for the remaining 15 spots as artists take part in a "tattoo convention" and "show your artistic style" challenges.

The "Ink Master" Season 4 contestants include David Bell, Ashley Bennett, "Gentle" Jay Blondel, Lydia Bruno, Damon Butler, Keith Diffenderfer, Kyle Dunbar, Jim Francis, Walter "Sausage" Frank, Halo, King Ruck, Matti Hixson, Bubba Irwin, Scott Marshall, Melissa Monroe, Roland Pacheco and Randy Vollink.


Season 3

16 top tattoo artists from across the country will compete in extreme challenges proving their skill and grit in an epic battle for $100,000 and the title of "Ink Master." Building on the success of Season 2, fan favorite and social media sensation Tatu Baby returns to compete in Season 3 after being voted back in by viewers during Season 2's Live Finale. The Twist in Season 3? Not only will Human Canvases be permanently inked, but for the first time the Canvases will Vote on one artist to put up for elimination each week! The Human Canvas voice will be heard loud and clear!

Each week, the artists compete in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a "human canvas." These "human canvases" range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep. The challenges focus on different tattooing techniques such as contrast, adaptability, balance and dimension as well as styles including New School, photorealism, American traditional and pin-up.

After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of the host and rock legend Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges. Each individual artists' work is critiqued and one contestant is sent home. The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

The Season 3 contestants include "Mystical" Mike Paterek, Ally Lee, Chris May, Craig Foster, E.S., Frank McManus, Jackie "Ink B*tch" Jennings, James "Danger" Harvey, Jason Clay Dunn, Jime Litwalk, Joey "Hollywood" Hamilton, Joshua Hibbard, Katherine "Tatu Baby" Flores, Kyle Dunbar, Madison "Maddie la Belle" Loftis and Richard "Made Rich" Parker.


Season 2

In season 2, the ante is raised, now with 16 top tattoo artists from around the country battling it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in the preeminent tattoo magazine Inked and the bragging rights title of "Ink Master."

The "Ink Master" Season 2 contestants include Cee Jay "Inky" Jones, Clint Cummings, Jamie Davies, Jesse Smith, Katherine "Tatu Baby" Flores, La Ron Givens, Lalo Yunda, Little Mike, Mark Matthews, Nick D'Angelo, Sarah Miller, Sebastian Murphy, Steve Tefft, Steven "Kay Kutta" Givens, Thomas "TJ Hal" Halvorsen and Tray "Big Daddy" Benham.


Season 1

"Ink Master" on Spike TV a reality tattoo competition series hosted by Dave Navarro.

An estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo somewhere on their body. So who is the country's preeminent tattoo artist? "Ink Master" features some of the nation's top tattoo artists on a quest to determine who is the best at their craft and who will win a huge cash prize. Throughout the competition, the artists battle it out in various tattoo challenges that test the artists' technical skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on command and be judged by a panel including Navarro, tattoo artists and experts Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The tension and stakes are high in "Ink Master" as the artists not only face the judges, but also the opinions of their 'human canvases.' The artists will have a wide variety of clients to deal with, ranging from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs with a full sleeve of body art to those who want to cover-up a prior tattoo misstep. The masterpieces created on these 'human canvases' will last a lifetime, but so will the mistakes. Satisfying the individual whose skin now bears the artists' handiwork will be a major element in determining the victor.

The winner of "Ink Master" will win a $100,000 cash prize and a feature in Inked magazine, the preeminent magazine covering tattoo culture, art, music and fashion.

"Ink Master" is produced by Original Media and Charlie Corwin is executive producer of the series. Sharon Levy is Spike TV's executive vice president, original series and animation, Chris Rantamaki is vice president of original programming for Spike TV.





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