“Ink Master” Season 8 – Contestant Photos

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Ink Master Season 8 Contestant Biographies

August 24th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 8: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 8 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, August 23 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Anwon “Boneface” Johnson

Pensacola, FL

Owner/ Artist Boneface Ink Tattoos

Twitter: @bonefaceink

17 Years’ Experience

As one of ten kids being raised by a single mom in the projects, Anwon “Boneface” Johnson feels ready for whatever the competition throws at him.  He says his plan is to strategically and artistically plot his way to the top, and he doesn’t care if he makes friends or enemies along the way.  After tattooing for 17 years, Johnson feels he’ll finally get the recognition he deserves and win the title of Ink Master.

 

Carolyn Elaine

Chicago, IL

Artist, MayDay! Tattoo

Twitter: @MsCarolynElaine

6 Years’ Experience

Carolyn Elaine doesn’t want her petite size to fool you, get in her way and she says she will put you in your place. She describes herself as a sarcastic quick-witted tomboy that prides herself on her ability to embrace all tattoo styles to take down the other competitors. Her favorite style is color realism because she likes to make her work look like its moving. Carolyn’s two children are her driving force in life and even in competition. She feels motherhood has pushed her to be a strong independent woman so she can show her kids how to “not be a dumb punk trying to weasel their way through life.” She is confident she has what it takes to be the first female Ink Master.

 

Dave Robinowitz

Boynton Beach, FL

Artist, A Stroke of Genius

Twitter: @david_robinowitz

11 Years’ Experience

While David Robinowitz sometimes describes himself as wild and brash, beneath that life-of-the-party demeanor is a self-described serious artist who is quite competitive. Robinowitz feels the combination of his BFA in Fine Arts plus his years of experience as a walk in tattoo artist gives him the ability to adapt to any situation and will help him dominate the competition. He wants to prove to the Jewish community and the community at large that tattooing is a legitimate art.

 

Eric Gonzalez

Lynwood, CA

Co-Owner/ Artist, Deer’s Eye Studio

Twitter: @Nspired1art

18 Years’ Experience

 

Eric Gonzalez describes himself as a decisive businessman. At age 37, he is the co-owner of his own shop, Deer’s Eye Studio and has even gotten recognition for his work from Lady Gaga. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles and feels that if it weren’t for art & music, he would have joined a gang and eventually ended up in jail. Gonzalez admits he has little patience for people’s drama and won’t let himself be distracted by head games during the competition. He is confident in his talent & skills and knows that he has what it takes to be Ink Master.

 

Geary Morrill

Richmond, VA

Artist, Unkindness Art

Twitter: @gearytattoo

17 Years’ Experience

 

Geary Morrill describes his life as a real life cartoon.  Self-described as competitive and confident, he feels he broke away from traditional and invented his own style of tattooing that he calls “psycho-traditional.” Geary believes his explosive pop art with clean lines and bright colors bring something unique to the competition and feels it is important to push positivity in designs into the industry.   After being diagnosed with Lyme disease, Geary feels there’s no more tip toe-ing around what he wants in life.

 

Gia Rose

Philadelphia, PA

Owner/Artist, Ceremony Tattoo Society

Twitter: @giarose

13 Years’ Experience

 

As a girl who left home at 16, lived on freight trains, and survived cancer, Gia Rose says she isn’t intimidated by anything.  Gia feels she knows who she is both as a person and an artist, and doesn’t let any negativity affect her career. Gia prides herself on her neo-traditional work, which has an emphasis on wildlife and women. Gia says she is bringing her eye for detail, color combinations, and composition to the competition. She’s feels like this is truly her year to become an Ink Master winner.

 

Gian Karle Cruz

Puerto Rico & Boston, MA

Traveling Tattoo Artist

Twitter: @giankarle

7 Years’ Experience

 

While Gian Karle Cruz is often associated with chill island vibes, he says he is super competitive and likes to win. Even though he has only been in the industry for a few years and knows he has a lot to learn, he believes that he’s just as good as other artists who have been in the industry for longer than him. When it comes to styles of tattoos, Gian says he can do a little bit of everything. This “Island Guy” is ready to compete and become the first Puerto Rican Ink Master!

 

John Collins

Atlanta, GA

Artist, Cap Szumskis Timeless Tattoo

Twitter: @john_collins84

14 Years’ Experience

 

John Collins describes himself as a straightforward tattooer who doesn’t shy away when it comes to saying what he thinks, and is not afraid to offend. . He prides himself in being a salesman with the ability to make his clients feel comfortable with his creative visions.  He prides himself as an expert in Traditional American and Japanese but also thinks he has mastered the craft of taking traditional tattoo rules and applying them into not-so-traditional designs.

 

Kelly Doty

Salem, MA

Owner/Artist, Helheim Gallery

Twitter: @kellydotytattoo

8 Years’ Experience

 

Kelly Doty describes her spooky, illustrative, cartoonish style work as “grim but cute” and herself as endearingly awkward yet confident. She is sick of women in the industry being partially judged on their gender. She believes that her OCD becomes a strength when tattooing, making her incredibly organized and detailed. Throw her in the mix and she’s hoping to come in to the competition strong and become the first female Ink Master title.

 

Kevin Laroy

Dallas, TX

Artist, Perception Fine Body Art

Twitter: @kevinthelaroy

10 Years’ Experience

 

With his “keep it real attitude,” Kevin Laroy attended art school but got a degree in fashion design. Although he admits to being having a strong personality, he knows there is a fine line between constructive criticism and being disrespectful. Kevin mostly tattoos portraits but is also skilled in bright colors and bold lines to make his photorealism stand out. This artist has big dreams to open a shop and build a clothing, accessories and lifestyle empire, but first he’s ready to conquer the competition.

 

Matt Murray

Beverly, MA

Co-Owner, The Black Veil

Twitter: @blackveiltattoo

4 Years’ Experience

 

Matt Murray does just about everything with his identical twin brother Ryan – they co-own a tattoo shop, share an apartment, car and have identical twin cats. But Matt is approaching the Ink Master competition solo. Matt focuses on creating black and grey portraits and prides himself in bringing precise lines to each tattoo. While Matt only has 3 years of experience, he believes he’s ready for any challenge the competition will bring his way.

 

 

Mike McAskill

Riverside, CA

Artist, Elizabeth St. Tattoo

Twitter: @mikestat2

8 Years’ Experience

 

Mike takes pride in every tattoo he designs. After getting a tattoo kit at 17, Mike worked hard on his skills, first completing a proper apprenticeship, until he started tattooing at a popular shop in Riverside, California. His believes his lines and shading are strong and is confident that he always gives 100%. Last year, Mike suffered a back injury and couldn’t tattoo for six months. Now he’s feeling ready to get back to work and compete on Ink Master and win $100K for his family.

 

Nate Beavers

Houston, TX

Owner, Figurehead Tattoo

Twitter: @natebeavers13

23 Years’ Experience

 

After 21 years of tattooing, Nate feels he has more talent than anyone else out there and recently released DVD tutorials to teach younger artists proper techniques. Over the years, Nate has not only continued to grow as an artist, but also as a person – he lost 100lbs and defeated arachnophobia. Nate is ready to show his talent to the rest of the world on this season of Inkmaster

 

Nikki Simpson

Los Angeles, CA

Artist, Generation 8

Twitter: @Nsimpsontattoos

5 Years’ Experience

 

Nikki may only be 24, but she feels she is already making a name for herself in the tattoo industry. She describes herself as confident, feisty and passionate and feels nothing can get in the way of her success.. Nikki is known for illustrative realism and prides herself on the texture, depth and dimension of her work. Nikki is ready to show what true female tattooers are all about – strong and tough competitors who are capable of doing the best no matter what.

 

 

Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Kingston, PA

Owner/ Artist, The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor

Twitter: @ryanashleym

4 Years’ Experience

 

Ryan Ashley has described herself as a modern woman whose success is due to hard work and sheer determination.  She feels her previous fashion career has helped influence her work which includes attention to intricate detail and tiny embellishments in her romantic black and grey style.  Along with tattooing, Ryan Ashley owns two oddities stores in Pennsylvania.  She may not have the decades of experience as some of her competitors, but feels she’s proved herself as a well-rounded competitor.  Ryan says she is out to prove that you can be both sultry and talented and is hoping to become the first female Ink Master.

 

 

 

 

Sirvone Smith

Fredericksburg, VA

Artist, Sorry Mom Tattoo

Twitter: @sirvonetattoos

6 Years’ Experience

Sirvone Smith says he attacks all areas of his life with passion and fire. He describes himself as a charmer and a confident tattooer that stands by his work.  Having tattooed for 6 years, Sirvone’s knowledge base comes from traditional tattooing, but loves to do realistic pieces. He is a chameleon to any environment he is in, and is ready to tackle anything that the competition throws at him! He plans to bring the heat to Ink Master, and is confident he will never lose focus during the competition.

 

Sketchy Lawyer

Senoia, GA

Owner/Artist, Cornerstone Tattoo Gallery

Twitter: @sketchylawyer

9 Years’ Experience

 

Sketchy Lawyer describes himself as the type of guy who always tells it exactly how it is. Sketchy puts a twist on everything he does and doesn’t take anyone’s direction when it comes to tattooing. A high school dropout at 14, he took his passion for drawing and set his goal on becoming an entrepreneur. Lawyer spends his days giving his clients his “neo-school” style tattoos, which is his own spin on “neo-traditional” and “new school.”

His strategy on Ink Master is to show America what a real tattoo artist looks like and he plans to treat everyone with the respect they give him.

 

 

Tito “Tuff Tito” Velez

Belleair, FL

Owner/Artist, Euphoria Ink

Twitter: @tuff_tito

22 Years’ Experience

 

Tito Velez prides himself on his leadership qualities and perfectionism. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico and in1998 decided to move to New York to expand and perfect his tattooing craft. With two shops of his own (one in New Jersey and one in Florida), Tito says he enjoys leading and teaching techniques to his employees.   . Although there were struggles along the way, Tito believes the hardships made him sharp and strong, and now he’s more than ready to show his style and skills to the world.

Meet The Artists Of Ink Master: Peck Vs Nuñez – Premiering Tuesday, August 23 At 10PM ET/PT

July 26th, 2016 by faziod

Let The Battle Begin On Season Eight Of “Ink Master” Premiering Tuesday, August 23 At 10PM ET/PT

July 26th, 2016 by faziod

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN ON SEASON EIGHT OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, AUGUST 23 AT 10 PM ET/PT

New Season Introduces An Unprecedented 30 Contestants Who,

For The First Time In Series History, Vie For A Spot On Either Team Nuñez Or Team Peck

 

New York, NY, July 26, 2016 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for an eighth season on Tuesday, August 23 at 10 pm ET/PT, introducing a variety of new twists and series firsts. This season, judges – and now, mentors – Oliver Peck and Chris Nuñez will pick their own teams of tattoo artists as the contestants battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, a guest residency in their mentor’s shop.

Season Eight starts with 30 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo- style challenges, after which, both Nuñez and Peck will select their top nine to compete as part of their teams. 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 Nuñez (“Miami Ink”) and Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Additionally, this season, instead of a human canvas jury, the team safe from elimination will form a jury of peers and nominate artists from the opposing team  up for elimination.

You can watch the “Ink Master” “Meet The Contestant” video by clicking here or below:

Meet The Contestant Video

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 @spikeinkmasterTumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” completed its 7th season on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 1.9 million viewers. The full season averaged 2.0 million viewers while ranking 2nd among ad-supported cable competition in the time slot (behind FX).  “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: RedemptionSwamp 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.

 

About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Dual Survival for Discovery; Comic Book Men for AMC; and I Love You… But I Lied for LMN.

 

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Ink Master Season 7 Finale Photos

May 24th, 2016 by faziod

 

 

 

 

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ANTHONY MICHAELS NAMED SEASON 7 WINNER OF “INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

May 24th, 2016 by faziod

Anthony Michaels Named Season 7 Winner

Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

 

New York, NY, May 24, 2016 – In a live finale that was both intense and thrilling, Anthony Michaels was named the winner of “Ink Master” Season 7.  Michaels 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.’

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, with competitors creating and executing original tattoos on “human canvases.” In addition to new contestants, this season of “Ink Master” brought back eight of the series’ favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out.

Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The final three contestants – Christian Buckingham, artist at Revolt Tattoo in Henderson, NV; Anthony Michaels, artist at Metro Tattoo in Tucson, AZ; and Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV – were each assigned two master canvases. They were sent back to their home bases to complete a chest-piece tattoo as well as a sleeve tattoo.

The three finalists revealed their chest pieces first which were then voted on by fans via social media, sponsored by Gildan® brand.  During the finale, fans were able to vote to determine who completed this challenge the best, and the artist with the most votes earned a spot in the top two.  After thousands of tweets, it was determined that Michaels had the best chest-piece tattoo of the evening, which secured his spot in the final two and awarded him $20,000 courtesy of Gildan®.

Then, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, the 13 eliminated artists formed a jury that was tasked with deliberating and selecting the second artist to move forward based on their master canvas chest piece. After a long deliberation, the eliminated artist jury voted One to join Michaels in the final two.

Once all three finalists’ sleeve tattoos were revealed, the judges deliberated on the final two’s master canvases.  In the end, Michaels was named the season 7 winner of “Ink Master.”

In addition, fans were given a first look at Season 8 of “Ink Master,” which is themed “Peck vs. Núñez” and will premiere in fall of 2016.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “I Love You…But I Lied”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock 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.

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption” for Spike, “Swamp People” for History, “Dual Survival” for Discovery, “Comic Book Men” for AMC, and “I Love You…But I Lied” for LMN. Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Nicole Platt                 Spike               212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

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

 

Spike Press Release – Spike TV Inks Season Nine of “Ink Master”

March 29th, 2016 by SPIKE Press

 SPIKE TV INKS SEASON NINE OF “INK MASTER”

New Season of 16 Episodes Slated for 2017

New York, NY, March 29, 2016 – Spike has greenlit a new season of the highly rated hit original tattoo-competition series, “Ink Master.” Season 9 will consist of 15 one-hour episodes plus a LIVE finale and will debut in 2017. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series, Spike.

“Ink Master” is currently in its 7th season and is averaging a robust 1.8 million viewers in its Tuesday timeslot. The Spike original series is delivering triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+252%) and Adults 18-34 (+286%) and is ranked #2 on cable with Adults 18-49 and #2 with Women 18-49. “Ink Master” is drawing a 55% female audience, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

Last fall, Season 6 of “Ink Master” averaged 2.4 million viewers, the highest tally in franchise history.

Season 8 of “Ink Master” will debut this August.

“The Ink Master franchise has been a major driver in Spike’s successful shift to general entertainment,” said Levy. “The continued ratings growth is a result of the creativity and ingenuity of our partners at Original Media and our phenomenal hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez.”

Each week “Ink Master” puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a “human canvas.” Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing such as realism, black and gray, and American traditional. The masterpieces the artists create will last a lifetime – and so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “I Love You…But I Lied”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock 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.

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption” for Spike, “Swamp People” for History, “Dual Survival” for Discovery, “Comic Book Men” for AMC, and “I Love You…But I Lied” for LMN. Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

 

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David Schwarz          Spike TV           (212) 767-8639              david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sneak Peek Video – “Ink Master” Season 7 Premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

Only One Artist Will Be Left Standing When The Ink Dries On The New Season Of “Ink Master”

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

ONLY ONE ARTIST WILL BE LEFT STANDING WHEN THE INK DRIES ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, MARCH 1 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Season Seven Introduces Eight New Contestants

Plus Eight Returning Veteran Artists

In The Quest To Win The Title Of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, January 19, 2016 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master,” produced by Original Media, returns for a “lucky” seventh season, premiering Tuesday, March 1 at 10 pm ET/PT. 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):

New Artists:

  • Christian Buckingham (@christiantat2) – Artist at Revolt Tattoo in Henderson, NV
  • Corey Davis (@whoiscoreydavis) – Artist at City of Ink in Atlanta, GA
  • Picasso Dular (@25footphantom) – Artist at The Vatican Studios in Los Angeles, CA
  • Cris Gherman (@crisgherman13) – Owner/artist at 13 Fat Catz  in New York, NY
  • Anthony Michaels (@antmikes) – Artist at Metro Tattoo in Tucson, AZ
  • Megan Jean Morris (@meganjeanmorris) – Owner/artist at Painted Soul in Wallingford, CT
  • Alex Rockoff (@alexaceshigh) – Artist at Aces High Tattoo in West Palm Beach, FL
  • Ashley Velazquez (@showoff_tattoos) – Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos in New Haven, CT

Veteran Artists:

  • Matti Hixson (@mattihixson) – Artist at Otzi Tattoo Agency in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Jime Litwalk (@jimelitwalk) – Artist at Ascension Tattoo in Orlando, FL
  • Sausage (@sausagekingtat) – Co-owner/artist at Revolt Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • St. Marq (@saintmarqtattoo) – Owner/artist at New Breed in West Lafayette, IN
  • Sarah Miller (@valkyriesbard) – Owner/artist at Wyld Chyld in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cleen Rock One (@cleen_rock_one) – Owner/artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • Jesse Smith (@jesse_smith) – Owner/artist at Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, VA
  • James Vaughn (@mrjamesvaughn) – Owner/artist at Tidewater Designs in Mt. Pleasant, SC

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 @spikeinkmasterTumblr 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.

About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; Swamp People for History; Dual Survival and Pacific Warriors for Discovery; Comic Book Men for AMC; Road Spill for TruTV; and I Love You… But I Lied for LMN. Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

Nicole Platt                 Spike TV         212-767-8855              nicole.platt@spiketv.com

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

 

Ink Master Season 7 Contestant Biographies

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

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Season 7: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 7 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, March 1 at 10 PM, ET/PT

Christian Buckingham
Henderson, NV
Artist, Revolt Tattoo
Twitter: @ChristianTat2
13 Years’ Experience

Christian Buckingham comes from a conservative family of Air Force officers including his brother, father and grandfather. Buckingham always felt like the “black sheep” before he discovered tattooing, but once he did, he knew he had found his place in society. Buckingham describes himself as “that guy” – an alpha male and a pack leader. He has a strong personality, voices his opinions and is always up for a challenge. He is looking forward to competing on “Ink Master” and is hoping to win decisively.  He believes the public will enjoy watching him destroy the competition. With past “Ink Master” contestants working around him, Buckingham feels he is ready to take home the title for himself and help support his “badass” wife, children and grandchildren.

 

Corey Davis
Atlanta, GA
Artist, City of Ink (http://www.iamcoreydavis.com/; instagram.com/whoiscoreydavis)
Twitter: @Whoiscoreydavis
10 years’ experience

Corey Davis might be considered young, but he is not new to the tattoo industry. Davis has been tattooing for 10 years and currently works in the Atlanta-based tattoo shop, City of Ink, where his specialty is neo-traditional. While Davis enjoys his social life, he is serious about his career. He’s been featured in numerous tattoo publications and won awards for his work. Growing up in a less privileged community has influenced Davis artistically and has made him extremely grateful in his career. He attributes tattooing to saving his life and has never been more ready to fight for the “Ink Master” title.

 

Picasso Dular
Los Angeles, CA
Artist, The Vatican Studios (http://picassodular.com/)
Twitter: @25footPhantom
16 years’ experience

Picasso Dular has survived being street smart. Having left home at just 12 years old, he has been living and figuring out life all on his own Dular knows what it takes to survive and plans to apply his “ninja” tactics to the competition, methodically preying on the weaknesses of his fellow artists.. Intense and relentless, he does not plan to keep his opinions to himself during judging. Dular refuses to pigeonhole himself as an artist specializing in one particular style. He hopes coming home with the “Ink Master” title will grant him the ability to open up his own shop and allowing this nomad to finally plant roots.

 

Walter “Sausage” Frank
Las Vegas, NV
Co-Owner/Artist, Revolt Tattoos (http://revolttattoos.com/)
Twitter: @Sausagekingtat
14 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Walter “Sausage” Frank isn’t just a tattoo artist; he’s a true entertainer whose stage is the tattoo studio. Sausage enjoys making people laugh and having fun in the tattoo chair.  He is a sought after, worldwide, for his meticulous tattoo work.. But don’t let his humorous ways fool you, he’s a solid and fierce competitor. Not only has Sausage worked alongside season 3 winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton, but he almost grabbed the Ink Master crown for himself during season 4.   Although he didn’t win the title then, he quickly won the hearts of his fans.  This season he’s back with a vengeance and this time intends to come back to Las Vegas with the title of “Ink Master.”

 

Cris Gherman
New York, NY
Owner, 13 Fat Catz (crisgherman.com; instagram.com/crisgherman)
Twitter: @crisgherman13
15 years’ experience

Cris Gherman is a Transylvanian rebel who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own.  Gherman has been featured in numerous international magazines and has won awards at various tattoo conventions worldwide. He thinks there is no competition when it comes to his art and believes that this is his time. He hopes that winning the “Ink Master” title will bust his career wide open and turn him into to the household name he believes he deserves to be.

 

Matti Hixson
Virginia Beach, VA
Artist, Otzi Tatttoo Agency (http://otzi-tattoo.com/mattihixson/)
Twitter: @mattihixson
11 years’ experience
Season 4 Veteran

Matti Hixson speaks bluntly, but he claims it’s all in the name of artistic passion. A self-taught artist, his devotion and respect for his craft sometimes can come off as abrasive, but he really isn’t interested in what anyone else thinks. Well known on the convention circuit, Hixson is a an artist who thrives in color realism and likes tattoos with a dark twist. He was featured on season 4 of “Ink Master” and placed third overall. . With a second chance,  Hixon no longer plans to come into the game sincerely. This time around he’ll do whatever it takes to bring home the $100,000prize and title of “Ink Master.”

 

Jime Litwalk
Orlando, FL
22 years’ experience
Artist, Ascension Tattoo (http://www.jimelitwalk.com/)
Twitter: @JIMELITWALK
Season 3 Veteran

With over 20 years in the tattoo industry, Jime Litwalk does his best to pass on his experience and knowledge to the other competitors. Fast-paced and precise, Litwalk has built up a solid clientele from his years of travel on the international tattoo circuit. His tattoo and illustration career has brought him numerous awards, magazine mentions and feature articles. While he is comfortable tattooing in almost any genre, Litwalk’s passion is in his signature animated “classic new skool” style. This married father of two is a true perfectionist and is returning from season 3 and this time he has no intentions of allowing the first place title slip away.

 

St. Marq
West Lafayette, IN
Owner, New Breed
Website: (http://www.soulpowertrippin.com/)
Twitter: @saintmarqtattoo
26 years’ experience
Season 6 Veteran

St. Marq has been tattooing for more than 25 years. As the owner of New Breed Tattoo, he has been featured in various publications including National Geographic and The New York Times. St. Marq has a background of experience in many styles of tattooing  including Black and Grey, Realism, Large Conceptual and Epic Multi-Surface tattoos..  During season 6 he was known as one of the cockiest contestants ever in the competition.  But St. Marq was eliminated early on in the competition, and has felt his elimination was biased ever since. With his years of experience St. Marq plans to dominate this competition the second time around and plans to have thought out strategies to win the Ink Master title.

 

Anthony Michaels
Tucson, AZ
Artist, Metro Tattoo
Twitter: @Antmikes
5 years’ experience

Anthony Michaels is proud that he doesn’t carry himself like a stereotypical tattoo artist. He thinks it’s what sets him apart from the pack. While he describes himself as a well-dressed and put together family man, that doesn’t mean he won’t get his hands dirty. The former professional basketball player knows a thing or two about thriving under pressure and using criticism as a personal motivation. Nothing about the competition scares him. In fact, he predicts it will be the other contestants losing sleep once they see what he can do. Inspired by his sister, who persevered through brain damage and is now a Special Olympics gold medal winner, he’s not going to stop until he’s Ink Master.

 

Sarah Miller
Pittsburgh, PA
Owner/Artist, Wyld Chyld Tattoo Pittsburgh (www.sarahmillertattoos.com; instagram.com/ sarahmillertattoo )
Twitter: @valkyriesbard
10 years’ experience
Season 2 Veteran

Season 2 runner-up Sarah Miller is a versatile artist; specializing in photo realism, she enjoys other styles as well, including but not limited to New School, Japanese, and Black and Gray. She likes to mix them to make her own, unique style that can be recognized in every piece she does. Tattooing since 2006, she has traveled the world, competing and exploring the different aspects of the tattoo art form. Tattooing became her life since she gave up a promising career in Graphic Design to pursue her dream, and opened Wyld Chyld Tattoo in 2012. Not just limited to tattooing, she still pushes her boundaries in fine art. Miller considers herself to be very competitive and says she definitely has what it takes to win this and be the first female ”Ink Master.”
Megan Jean Morris
Wallingford, CT
Owner/Artist, Painted Soul Tattoo/ Part Time Artist at Last Rites in NYC
(http://www.paintedsoultattoo.com/ )
Twitter: @MeganJeanMorris
7 years’ experience

Megan Jean Morris is aware that her personality can come off as arrogant, but she feels that that is because she is straight forward. A tomboy with a feminine side, Morris tends to wear her emotions on her sleeve. Early in her career, she found it difficult for her to be taken seriously within the tattoo community, so she’s worked extra  hard to earn respect. Morris studied realism in college, and uses her art background to create vibrant and detailed surrealistic pieces.

 

Cleen Rock One                                                                                                            
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo& Golden Skull Tattoo
Website: (www.cleenrockone.com)
Twitter: @Cleen_Rock_One
20 years’ experience

Season 5 Veteran

Season 5 runner up, Cleen Rock One started as Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines. Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening up his own shop, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit. Cleen Rock didn’t expect  to make it as far as he did during season 5, but now that he’s aware of exceptional skills, he’s confident to quickly take over this competition.

 

Alex Rockoff
West Palm Beach, FL
Artist, Aces High Tattoo (www.aceshightattooshop.com )
Twitter: @AlexAcesHigh
9 years’ experience

Alex Rockoff is a ball of nervous, manic energy and he bottles it all up inside of him until it bursts. Rivals have called him   flamboyant and “a little bit nuts.” Usually it’s all fun and games for Rockoff, but he has been known to cross the line and takes things  just a bit to far which he’s typically unapologetic for, especially when it comes to his career. An art kid who fell in love with tattoos, Rockoff believes his lines, shading, and color gradients are his strong points.

 

Jesse Smith
Richmond, VA 
Owner/Artist, Loose Screw Tattoo (www.jessesmithtattoo.com; www.loosescrewtattoo.com; instagram.com/jessesmithtattoos)
18 years’ experience
Twitter: @Jesse__Smith
Season 2 Veteran

Jesse Smith discovered his love of art while living in Germany as an “army brat” teen. It was there that he became interested in urban culture and graffiti art. After returning to the States, Smith enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University to help round out his artistic style. One of his first jobs was drawing caricatures at Busch Gardens in VA and found himself among a circle of artists who introduced him to the world of tattooing, eventually learning how to make his own homemade tattoo machine. Smith developed his signature style of quirky cartoon style designs and use of color working in numerous tattoo shops. Being eliminated in season 2 hasn’t slowed Smith down. He says it has helped him grow as an artist at his shop, Loose Screw Tattoos in Richmond, VA. He’s ready to use his eccentric distinctive style of art to take home the Ink Master title.

 

James Vaughn
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Owner/ Artist, Tidewater Designs
(http://www.mrjamesvaughn.com/; instagram.com/mrjamesvaughn)
26 years’ experience
Twitter: @Mrjamesvaughn
Season 1 Veteran

With talent and a wicked sense of humor coupled with southern charm, James Vaughn believes he is the ultimate triple threat. Vaughn got his first tattoo when he was just 12. It was a cross that he still has on his hand. From that moment, he was hooked on tattoos and the art of tattooing. Vaughn specializes in neo Japanese and old school traditional tattooing styles. He’s won over 300 awards and has been published more than 20 times for his work. In the tattoo world, he considered a rare breed because he still draws all his designs “free hand” on his client’s skin with a black Sharpie. Not only has Vaughn has been tattooing for more than 20 years, but he also made it to the final three on season one of “Ink Master.” But leaving without the title did not stop him.  He now owns two tattoo parlors in North Carolina, Straight A tattoo in Asheboro, Emerald City Tattoo & Piercing in Greensboro and has no intentions of returning back to the south without the “Ink Master” title in hand.

 

Ashley “Show Off” Velazquez
New Haven, CT
Artist, Forever Custom Tattoos (instagram.com/showoff_forevertats)
Twitter: @ShowOff_Tattoos
5 years’ experience

With the nickname “Show Off,” Ashley Velazquez lives for the spot light. Velazquez doesn’t bite her tongue; she speaks her mind, which can sometimes get her into trouble. A former art major in college, she began drawing tattoos before she even was a tattoo artist. She learned quickly from the other artists around her and taught herself when no one would apprentice her. Now, five years later she is the most requested artist at the shop she works at. Hungry for this opportunity, Velazquez feels competing on “Ink Master” is validation to her doubting father that she has made the right career choice