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19 Dec 2012

Steve Tefft Named Season 2 Winner of “Ink Master”




Season 2 Wins $100,000, Feature in Inked Magazine &

Bragging Rights Title of ‘Ink Master’


New York, NY, December 19, 2012 – In a live finale that was filled with both controversy and surprises, Steve Tefft was named the winner of season 2 of “Ink Master.”   Teft wins a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication Inked and the ultimate bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  In a first-ever series twist during the live telecast, viewers went online and voted one artist, Tatu Baby, back for a second chance which will put them into competition for “Ink Master” season 3 airing next year.

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out in permanent ink each week, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’  The challenges focused on different tattooing techniques and styles.  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges including tattoo legends Forrest Cavacco, Freddy Negrette, Mike Rubendahl, Richard Stell and Bob Tyrell.   Each individual artist’s work was critiqued and each week at least one contestant was sent home.

The final three contestants: Sarah Miller, owner and tattoo artist at Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA, Sebastian Murphy, tattoo artist at Detroit Ink in Mt. Clemens, MI and Steve Tefft, owner and artist at 12 Tattoos in Groton, CT were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 24-hour tattoo, where they had four, six-hour sessions with their master canvas to create a tattoo design that was completely left up to the discretion of each artist.

In last night’s finale Miller, Murphy and Tefft revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   Murphy was eliminated from the competition after receiving the lowest number of votes based on season-long online fan voting.  In a surprise twist, season 2 contestant Tatu Baby was voted by viewers to get a second chance at the “Ink Master” title, by awarding them a spot in the Season 3 competition.

In the end, it came down to Miller and Tefft with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Tefft the season 2 winner of “Ink Master.”

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

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Debra Fazio-Rutt        Spike               212-767-8649              debra.fazio@spiketv.com