Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series Ink Master, produced by Original Media, returns for a "lucky" seventh season, premiering Tuesday, March 10/9c. In addition to new contestants, this 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 Ink Master 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 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 Seven tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):
Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and artist introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster. The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official "Ink Master" Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmaster, Tumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.
Ink Master completed its 6th season on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.4 million viewers. The record-breaking 16-episode season averaged 2.4 million viewers and was the #1 ranked show on cable in Adults 18-49 in its Tuesday timeslot (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT). The Spike original series also tallied triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+178%) and Adults 18-34 (+133%). Ink Master is 44% male, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.
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.