Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series Ink Master
returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10/9c
, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line. This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked
and, for the first time in Ink Master
history, the title of "Master Shop." The series is produced by Truly Original.
This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops. Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes.
After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez (Miami Ink
) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
The Ink Master
Season Nine tattoo artists are (listed by shop, in alphabetical order):
- Allegory Arts – Florence, AL
- Artisitic Skin Designs – Indianapolis, IN
- Black Anchor Collective – Hesperia, CA
- Classic Trilogy Tattoo – Cortland, NY
- Pinz and Needles – Baltimore, MD
- The Marked Society Tattoo – McDonough, GA
- Thicker Than Blood – White Plains, NY
- Tri-Citites Tattoo – Atlanta, GA
- Unkindness Art – Richmond, VA
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
and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster
. Ink Master
completed its 8th
season on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.2 million viewers. Season 8 averaged 2.1 million viewers and was the 2nd
highest rated in series history among W18-49. For the full season, 57% of the audience was female, the most in series history, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.Ink Master
is produced for Spike by Truly Original ("Swamp People," "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
Chachi Senior is Spike's Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of Ink Master
for the network and Tori Socha Vice President, Development, Spike, oversees production of "Ink Master Angels" for the network.
Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original's co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original's hit series include Ink Master
and Ink Master: Redemption
for Spike; The Real Housewives of Atlanta
, The Real Housewives of Potomac
, Don't Be Tardy
, Shahs of Sunset
, Summer House
and the upcoming Stripped
, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential
for ID; Swamp People
for History; Comic Book Men
for AMC; Hack My Life
for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied
for Lifetime; The Horn
for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.