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19 Mar 2014

Hugh Jackman To Guest Judge X-Men Themed Episode Of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” Tuesday, March 25 At 10 PM, ET/PT

HUGH JACKMAN TO GUEST JUDGE X-MEN THEMED EPISODE OF SPIKE TV’S “INK MASTER”
TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Superfans Of The Hit Franchise Get Tattoos With Iconic X-Men Characters
In The Series’ First-Ever Color Portrait Challenge

Episode Includes a Sneak Peek of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

New York, NY, March 19, 2014 –  It’s one of the most anticipated films of 2014 and on the next episode of Spike TV’s hit reality-competition series “Ink Master,” mutants and their superpowers will be etched in permanent ink with an entire X-Men-themed episode.  Premiering on Tuesday, March 25 (10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT), the episode will feature a special guest appearance by Hugh Jackman along with a sneak preview of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

In the episode entitled “X-Men’s Hugh Jackman,” the remaining 13 artists in the competition are tested on their skill of technical precision.  Exact lines, shading and small details can take a tattoo from being just average to a masterpiece.  This skill is especially important when tattooing portraits of people and well-known characters.

Opening with a Flash Challenge, the artists are charged with creating and tattooing an original design of an image that represents a specific superpower their Human Canvas wishes they had.    In the follow up Elimination Challenge, the artists tattoo X-Men superfans with the character of their choice.

Before voting in the final Elimination Tattoo takes place, both the artist and the X-Men superfans are treated to a sneak peek of the new X-Men movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” coming out on May 23 from Twentieth Century Fox.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

The artists and superfans are even more surprised when Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Hugh Jackman, the only actor to have appeared in all six X-Men films comes out and joins “Ink Master” series host Dave Navarro and panel judges Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck to help select the winning design and artist in the Elimination Challenge.

“Ink Master” was Spike TV’s top rated and most watched original series in 2013.  The series features top tattoo artists from around the country battle it out for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine and the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  Each week “Ink Master” 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.  The series is hosted by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and he’s joined on the judging panel by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.

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Contact:

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