"Ink Master" is a reality tattoo competition series on Spike TV.

In addition to new contestants, the seventh season brings back eight of the series' favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of "Ink Master."

This season comes with a new twist, as each week, a veteran artist — and former contestant — will be introduced to the group prior to the elimination challenge. The artists will be put through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a "Human Canvas." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and while the masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime ... so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Once again, the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the 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 7 contestants include the following new artists: Christian Buckingham, Corey Davis, Picasso Dular, Cris Gherman, Anthony Michaels, Megan Jean Morris, Alex Rockoff, and Ashley Velazquez. The returning veteran artists include Matti Hixson, Jime Litwalk, Walter "Sausage" Frank, St. MarQ, Sarah Miller, Cleen Rock One, Jesse Smith, and James Vaughn.

"Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Original Media ("Ink Master: Redemption," "Swamp People," "Dual Survival") with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Sharon Levy is Spike's executive vice president, original series, Chachi Senior is senior vice president of original programming for Spike and oversees production of "Ink Master" and Tori Socha serves as the network's executive in charge of production.


Network: Spike TV
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 17, 2012
Seasons: 9
Production Company: Original Media

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