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20 Apr 2017

Ink Master Season 9 Contestant Biographies

Season 9: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 9 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, June 6 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

Bang –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: chavonnarhodes.com
Instagram: @chabangna
4 years’ experience

Bang began tattooing out of her dorm room in college before becoming an apprentice. After graduating college and commissioning as an Army Officer, she says she stuck with art and tattooing to continue on a positive path in life. The Georgia artist, whose styles include photorealism, portraits, sci-fi and surrealism, is on a mission to prove that artists of color are a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Bang is confident that she can take on anyone in the competition.

Ulyss Blair –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Ulyss_Blair
12 years’ experience

Ulyss Blair is the first to admit that his bold personality and competitive nature can be a turn-off to many. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include traditional and realism, comes into the competition with his wife Eva, who co-owns Allegory Arts with him and feels the two of them together are a force to be reckoned with. Blair warns others that he has a few tricks up his sleeve and isn’t afraid to use them to his advantage.

Thom Bulman –
Cortland, NY
Owner/Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: Instagram.com/classictrilogytattoos/
Instagram: @Bulman_Tattoos
10 years’ experience
While Thom Bulman knows he looks tough on the outside, he describes himself as a big softy. Bulman, whose favorite styles include new school and cartoony tattoos, prides himself in his social following and is ready to prove his worth. He is confident that his talent and skills has what it takes to be ‘Ink Master.’
Jhon Campuzano –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: www.Jhoncampuzanotattoos.com
Instagram: @Jhoncampuzanotattoo
8 years’ experience

Jhon Campuzano feels the rough times he faced growing up have helped to mold him into a strong person and better tattoo artist. While he says he is well-versed in all types of tattoos, his go-to style is black and grey. Campuzano, who has dreamed of competing on ‘Ink Master,’ plans to use his patience and ability to work well under pressure to help push him through the competition and bring home the win to his wife and daughter.

Erin Chance –
Richmond, VA
Owner/Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: unkindnessart.com
Instagram: @ErinChanceTattoo
10 years’ experience

Erin Chance moved across the world in hopes of broadening her art and career. She is passionate about tattooing and plans to let her work speak for itself in the competition.
Danger Dave –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: d-morris.como
Instagram: @dangerdaveink
9 years’ experience

As a son of a preacher, Danger Dave grew up in a conservative family before rebelling and becoming a tattoo artist. While he describes himself as laid-back, he is not afraid to get loud if needed. The Georgia based artist, whose signature style is sculpture and draws inspiration from African themes, wants to prove that people of color are known for more than “urban tattoos.”

Babiery Hernandez –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: thickerthanblood.tumblr.com
Instagram: @babierytattoo
6 years’ experience

Babiery Hernandez has always loved art and is confident that he has great tattooing skills. He is very passionate about drawing and feels his artistry will help put him above the rest. Hernandez is coming into the competition to represent his family, who he credits as his inspiration to be a great artist.

Wes Hogan –
McDonough, GA
Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @awesomehogan
17 years’ experience

Wes Hogan describes himself as kind, wise and knowledgeable with a big beard that you can spot from a mile away. He describes his style as diverse and is confident that he will excel at any style thrown his way. Hogan plans to let artists self-destruct before taking the rest out one at a time until he is the only one standing.

Eva Huber –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Eva_Jean
13 years’ experience

Eva Huber, who describes herself as a gypsy spirit, says she’s great at reading people and will be able to analyze her competition. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite styles include traditional with an illustrative flair, comes into the competition with her husband Ulyss, with whom she co-owns Allegory Arts. Huber takes pride in her hometown and is hoping competing on Ink Master will help put Alabama tattooing on the map.

Doom Kitten –
Richmond, VA
Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: doomkittenart.com
Instagram: @Doomkitten
6 years’ experience

Though Doom Kitten hasn’t been tattooing very long, he feels confident that his neo-traditional style will blow the competition out of the water. The artist, who is a self-professed gamer, plans to come into the competition with a well thought out strategy and will take down the strong artists one by one.

Jessy Knuckles –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: Jessyknuckles.com
Instagram: @JessyKnuckles
5 years’ experience

Jessy Knuckles says she is known for her wildlife and animal portraits  in the Baltimore tattooing scene. In addition to cover up tattoos, Knuckles favorite tatoo styles includes black and grey and color realism but she feels she can outperform the competition in any style thrown her way.  As a mother of one, the self-described “fun loving bad ass chick” is motivated to fight till the bitter end till she takes home the title of “Ink Master.”

April Nicole –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @aprilnicoletattoos
8 years’ experience

April Nicole describes herself as a headstrong artist with loud opinions. The Long Island born artist, who specializes in feminine and colorful tattoo styles, says she sticks to her beliefs and won’t let anyone call her out on something that she doesn’t believe in. April Nicole considers herself a well-rounded artist and is ready to prove that she has what it takes to claim the title of “Ink Master.”

Mike P –
McDonough, GA
Co-Owner/Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @Tattoosbymikep
5 years’ experience

Mike P describes himself as laid back and funny but warns others that he loses his charm the second anyone crosses him. The Georgia based artist, who describes his work as well rounded, is confident that the judges will never find a messy line in any of his art.

Allisin Riot –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: AllisinTattoos.com
Instagram: @AllisinTattoos
4 years’ experience

Allisin Riot feels confident that she and her best friend Jessy Knuckles will be “the” team to beat this season because between the two of them they are ready to get the recognition they believe their work deserves. Her tattoo style consists of new school, geometric, realism and watercolor and while she hasn’t been in the industry too long, she feels she is ready to take on any artist and any style of tattooing.
Carlos Rojas –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: blackanchorcollective.com
Instagram: @Crojasart
15 years’ experience

Carlos Rojas prides himself in his attention to detail in his tattoo work and considers himself to be one of the best realism artists in the country. The Black Anchor Collective artist describes himself as a bulldog who tells it like he sees it. Rojas says he is not going to let anyone bully him through the competition and plans to get to the finish line.
Dane Smith –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @danesmithtattoo
6 years’ experience

Dane Smith says he thrives in competitive settings and enjoys creating tattoos that flow and fit well on his client’s bodies. While he prides himself in his tattoo art, he has expanded his portfolio to other works of art including designing the 2012 Olympic synchronized swim teams’ uniforms.

Aric Taylor –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: ARICTAYLORTATTOO.COM
Instagram: @Aric_Taylor
25 years’ experience

Aric Taylor describes himself as very humble and admits he is his own worst critic. The Black Anchor Collective artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include realism with his own twist, says he has picked up many styles over the years and plans to let his art speak for itself.

Derek Zielinski –
Plains, PA
Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: derektheartist.blogspot.com
Instagram: @derek_zielinski_artist
12 years’ experience
Derek Zielinski says he’s pretty sure he’ll get under people’s skin in the competition. Zielinski, who is into a holistic and vegan living, says that just because his lifestyle is clean doesn’t mean he won’t fight dirty to win it all. The Classic Trilogy Tattoo artist, whose styles include traditional, portrait, new school and realism, is confident that his work will do all the talking.