Ink Master: Meet The Ink Master Rivals – Premieres on 9/2 at 10 PM, ET/PT

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

“Ink Master” Season 5 – Contestant Photos & Rival Shot Photos

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

 

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Meet the Contestants of “Ink Master” Season 5 – Premieres Tues., Sep 2

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

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DOES BAD BLOOD BREED BETTER ART? FIND OUT ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER” STARTING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Season Five Pits Tattoo Rivals Against One Another In Their Quest To Win
$100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine &
The Bragging Rights Title Of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, July 29, 2014 – Spike TV’s hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there’s bad blood in the water.  Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival.  From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in “Ink Master” history, this season’s competition is more personal than ever.

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.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

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.

In the season opener the artists put ink-to-skin right from the get-go.  There are eighteen artists standing, including season three rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn, and each of them are forced to collaborate with their biggest rival in a tag team tattoo challenge (right away as they are challenged to tattoo as a tag team).

The “Ink Master” Season Five tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

  • Angel (@Angel_Bauta) –Owner/artist at Puncture Tattoo Studio in Brooklyn, NY
  • Julia Carlson (@julzcarlsontat2) – Artist at Ink Obsession in Brown Mills, NJ
  • LT (@lt_doart3) – Artist at East Providence Tattoo in Providence, RI
  • Jason Clay Dunn (@JasonClayDunn) – Owner/artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA
  • Emily Elegado (@EmilyElegado) – Artist at Roses & Ruins Tattoo in Summerville, SC
  • Cris Element (@CrisElement) – Artist at Leathernecks and Bullseye in Brooklyn, NY
  • Caroline Evans (@tatugirl) – Artist at Ink Obsession in Cookstown, NJ
  • Ryan Eternal (@Ryan_Eternal) – Artist at Hart & Huntington in Orlando, FL
  • Joshua Hibbard (@_JoshuaHibbard) – Artist at Inspired Tattoo in Portland, OR
  • Tim Lees (@Timstat2)  - Artist at Propaganda Tattoo in San Diego, CA
  • Mark Longenecker (@longnecktattoo) – Owner/artist at Endless Summer in Cocoa Beach, FL
  • Aaron Is (@AaronIsTattoo) – Co-Owner/artist at Bloodline Tattoo in Tampa, FL
  • Cleen Rock One (@Cleen_Rock_One) – Owner/artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV
  • Don Peddicord (@DonPeddicordArt) – Co-Owner/artist at Tattoo Dynasty in Baltimore, MD
  • Ty’Esha Reels (@Ty_Tattoos) – Artist at 401 Ink Tattoo in Providence, RI
  • Robbie Ripoll (@RobbieRipoll) – Owner/artist at Chapel of Love Tattoo in Melbourne, FL
  • Jayvo Scott (@JayvoScott) – Owner/Artist at Ink Doctors Tattoo Studio in Melbourne, FL
  • Erik Siuda (@ErikSiuda) – Owner/Artist at Ghost Gallery Tattoo in Bethpage, NY

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.  Each week fans can interact with the show by using #InkMaster for the chance to have their tweets featured on-air, and by participating in real-time polling through custom hashtag battles.  The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmaster, Tumblr and on Instagram @spiketv.

Coming off its highest rated season with Men 18-49 and Persons 18-34, “Ink Master” season four saw triple digit increases vs.  all time period averages with Persons 18-49, Men 18-49, Women 18-49 and total viewers.  In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 among Persons 18-49 Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 and is currently one of Spike’s most gender-balanced programs.  The series generated 4.6 million total Cross Platform Video Views during season four and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity, its highest ranking ever.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

Founded in 2002, Charlie Corwin’s Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently has fifteen television series on air. Some of Original Media’s hit television series shows “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.”  Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquarters in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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:

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Ink Master Season 5 Contestant Biographies

July 29th, 2014 by faziod

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Season 5: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 5 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

Angel
Brooklyn, NY
Owner/Artist, Puncture Tattoo Studio
Twitter: @Angel_Bauta
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Brooklyn Boys,” versus Cris Element

Angel is an artist and entrepreneur who focuses on many styles of color and grey wash tattoos.  He believes that not specializing in one specific style distinguishes him as a well-rounded tattooist.  This season, Angel finds a rival in Cris Element, the Brooklyn artist who once worked for him before quitting unexpectedly. While Element thinks he has surpassed the skills of his former mentor, Angel is furious at the lack of respect shown by Element and is determined to show him who’s really the boss.

 

Julia Carlson
Browns Mills, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
Website: (http://instagram.com/juliacarlsontattoo)
Twitter: @julzcarlsontat2
5 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Rookie versus the Veteran,” versus Caroline Evans

Julia Carlson apprenticed for six months and has been tattooing ever since with a focus in color and grey wash tattoos.  Although she may appear to be small and sweet, Carlson sees herself as a tough and versatile competitor, and is setting out to gain the respect she feels she deserves in the industry.  Carlson is challenged this season by Caroline Evans, veteran tattoo artist and fellow co-worker at Ink Obsession.  While Evans claims that she’s pushing Carlson to become the best artist possible, Carlson feels that Evans’ feigned guidance is really rooted in jealousy and is tired of being targeted and disrespected by her.

 

LT
Providence, RI
Artist, East Providence Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/lt_doart3)
Twitter: @lt_doart3
3 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island,” versus Ty’Esha Reels

LT is a tattoo artist who specializes in realism and black and gray.  LT believes that he is overlooked and underrated, and covets the recognition reaped by his contemporaries.  LT is challenged this season by Ty’Esha Reels, who is furious about having lost to him at a Rhode Island expo despite having twice the experience.  Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry and is determined to redeem herself, but LT believes he has.

 

Jason Clay Dunn
Montclair, CA
Owner/Artist at Tattoo Alchemy
Website: (www.jasonclaydunn.com; www.jasondunntattoo.com; www.tattooalchemy.com)
Twitter: @JasonClayDunn
20 years’ experience
Rivals Match-Up: “Season Three Returners,” versus Joshua Hibbard

Born with an innate passion for creation, Jason Clay Dunn completed a traditional apprenticeship by nineteen and set out to become a leading artist in the Neo-Asian style.  Dunn competed on season three, tattooing through his personal battles with panic disorder and anxiety, but the shop owner fell short and ended up in sixth place.  Now he’s back to battle Josh Hibbard, season three’s infamous instigator.  Hibbard’s scheming tactics and penchant for drama didn’t sit well with Dunn, and their feud is sure to pick right back up this season as he clashes with Dunn’s no-nonsense personality.

 

Emily Elegado
Goose Creek, SC
Artist, Roses & Ruins Tattoo
Website: (www.emilyelegado.com)
Twitter: @EmilyElegado
6 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf,” versus Aaron Is

Emily Elegado spent three years completing a traditional tattoo apprenticeship before taking on her own clients.  Other than her work in realism, Elegado considers herself infamous for having an in-your-face attitude.  She enters the competition with a distaste for Aaron Is, the Tampa tattooist she first met when he did a guest spot at her shop.  Elegado felt that Is had absolutely no respect for the industry, and matters were only made worse by his dating Elegado’s co-worker.

 

Cris Element
Brooklyn, NY
Artist, Leathernecks and Bullseye
Website: (www.criselement.com; http://instagram.com/cris_element)
Twitter: @CrisElement
8 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Brooklyn Boys,” versus Angel

Cris Element is a self-taught tattoo artist.  Element does not believe in the traditional route; he openly regards old school tattoos as “outdated” and longtime artists as arrogant.  His main competitor this season is Angel, the Brooklyn shop owner who once employed him before Element severed the relationship by quitting without notice.  While Angel thinks that Element’s cockiness has gotten the better of him, his former employee thinks it’s time he demonstrated his artistic superiority. 

 

Ryan Eternal
Orlando, FL
Artist, Hart & Huntington
Website: (http://instagram.com/ryaneternal)
Twitter: @Ryan_Eternal
9 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Wants to Be Me,” versus Mark Longenecker

Ryan Eternal is a military veteran who picked up on the tattoo trade while stationed in South Korea.  Originally from Stockton, one of the roughest cities in California, Eternal’s dreams of a career in ink were almost ruined when a car accident left his hand severely damaged, but the new school artist has recovered and feels ready to battle for ink’s ultimate title.  Eternal’s competition is Mark Longenecker, the Cocoa Beach Surfer and artist whom he used to idolize.  Despite looking up to him in the past, Eternal is out for Longenecker’s crown and his clients, establishing himself as a Florida circuit legend.

 

Caroline Evans
Bradley Beach, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
Website: (www.tattoosbycaroline.com)
Twitter: @tatugirl
15 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Rookie versus the Veteran,” versus Julia Carlson

Caroline Evans has been a mainstay in a male-dominated industry.  Besides her versatility in color and black and grey styles, Evans enjoys the challenge that a cover-up provides and has won awards for her corrections in ink.  This season, Evans is challenged by newcomer Julia Carlson, a co-worker at Ink Obsession.  Carlson believes that Evans is jealous of her talents and is out to prove that her experience is no match for the new kid on the block, but Evans thinks that Carlson still has a lot to learn and many years to go before she can ever reach her level of expertise.

 

Joshua Hibbard
Portland, OR
Artist at Inspired Tattoo
Website: (www.joshuahibbard.com)
Twitter: @_JoshuaHibbard
10 years’ experience
Rivals Match-Up: “Season Three Returners,” versus Jason Clay Dunn

Formerly homeless, Joshua Hibbard believes that some tattoo artists are making a mockery of the craft that saved his life and thinks that the industry needs to improve its professional standards.  He frequently criticizes others’ work and in doing so creates controversy, a tactic that cemented him early on as season three’s most notorious competitor.  Back for another chance at the title, Hibbard is challenged by fellow season three competitor Jason Clay Dunn, who sees him as a flip-flopping instigator with a trace-and-tattoo technique that is less than legitimate. Hibbard remained in the competition just one round longer than Dunn, clinching the number five spot, and their feud is sure to pick right back up where it left off on this season.

 

Tim Lees
San Diego, CA
Artist, Propaganda Tattoo
Website: (www.timleestattoo.com; www.4everutat2.com; www.propagandatattoo.com)
Twitter: @timstat2
17 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Pride War,” versus Cleen Rock One

Despite having been homeless for two years as a teen, Tim Lees persevered through his hardships and became a self-taught artist.  He specializes in surrealism and portraiture, and has won many awards on the convention circuit over the past two decades.  Lees has a huge score to settle with competitor Cleen Rock One, the artist whose shop he helped to build.  Shortly after the studio’s opening, the two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving the shop.  Left feeling backstabbed and bitter, Lees is now out for vengeance.

 

Mark Longenecker
Cocoa Beach, FL
Owner/Artist, Endless Summer
Website: (www.endlesssummertattoo.com; www.marklongenecker.com)
Twitter: @longnecktattoo
20 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Wants to Be Me,” versus Ryan Eternal

Mark Longenecker is a surfer and tattoo artist whose works have been exhibited in conventions on the world stage.  Specializing in vibrant colors, the studio owner’s tattoos range in style from tropical to Japanese, and his artistic accomplishments have earned him what he describes as a “room full of trophies.”  The Florida native is challenged by Dania Beach tattoo artist Ryan Eternal, whom he feels is trying to steal his customers and fame despite having only half his experience. Longenecker is furious that Eternal is encroaching on his territory, and is determined to do whatever it takes to defend it.

 

Aaron Is
Tampa, FL
Co-Owner/Artist, Bloodline Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/aaronistattoo)
Twitter: @AaronIsTattoo
16 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf,” versus Emily Elegado

Originally an artist focused on watercolor portraits, Aaron Is spent two years as a tattoo apprentice before transitioning into a full-time career in ink.  Is’ experience in photorealism, dotwork, and sacred geometry has landed him features in several tattoo publications, which has added to the notoriety he craves as an artist.  Is enters with an enemy in Emily Elegado, the South Carolina artist he first met when doing a guest spot at her shop. The two were immediately at odds, and tensions were only made worse by the fact that Is was dating her co-worker.

 

Cleen Rock One
Las Vegas, NV
Owner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo
Website: (www.cleenrockone.com)
Twitter: @Cleen_Rock_One
19 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “The Pride War,” versus Tim Lees

Cleen Rock One was an 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 a new studio and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit.  Cleen finds competition in Tim Lees, the self-taught artist who helped him build and open his Vegas tattoo shop.  The two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving Cleen’s shop a month after opening.  Cleen feels that Lees didn’t meet his business’ professional standards, but Lees is outraged and determined to avenge himself against what he sees as a bold injustice.

 

Don Peddicord
Baltimore, MD
Co-Owner/Artist, Tattoo Dynasty
Website: (http://instagram.com/donpeddicordart)
Twitter: @DonPeddicordArt
8 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Ink Master Fight Full Circle,” versus Erik Siuda

Don Peddicord is a self-made man who has learned to turn struggle into triumph, going from an unsuccessful apprenticeship to co-owning his own tattoo shop, where he specializes in neo-traditional, portraiture and realism styles.  After a motorcycle accident left Peddicord severely injured, doctors estimated that he would not be able to walk again for over six months, but Peddicord persevered and proved the doctors wrong, doing so in less than three.  Peddicord is challenged by Erik Siuda, the versatile New York shop owner he met during casting for season two.  Neither man was able to stand the other’s arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.

 

Ty’Esha Reels
Providence, RI
Artist, 401 Ink Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/Ty_Tattoos)
Twitter: Ty_Tattoo
6 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island,” versus LT

Ty’Esha Reels is a Native American tattoo artist who specializes in color tattoos. After realizing her love of tattoos at a young age, Reels focused all of her time on becoming a better artist.  She enters this season with competition from LT, the Rhode Island native who beat her for best black and grey tattoo at an expo despite having half the experience.  Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry, and seeks to turn embarrassment into redemption.

 

Robbie Ripoll
Viera, FL
Owner/Artist, Chapel of Love Tattoo
Website: (www.chapeloflovetattoo.com)
Twitter: @ RobbieRipoll
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here,” versus Jayvo Scott

Robbie Ripoll got his start apprenticing at his father’s tattoo shop at the age of twelve, and was tattooing professionally long before graduating high school. After several years of working at the family business, the new school artist opened his own studio.  Ripoll’s competition is his older brother, Jayvo Scott.  Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart due to jealousy.  Scott’s struggling to catch up to his younger brother’s success and Ripoll is getting territorial about the turf he acquired long ago.  The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their dad, from whom they both learned the art of tattooing.

 

Jayvo Scott
Melbourne, FL
Self-employed tattoo artist
Website: (www.jayvoscott.com)
Twitter: @JayvoScott
13 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here,” versus Robbie Ripoll

Although he was always around his father’s tattoo shop as a kid, Jayvo Scott didn’t get to working with ink until he was twenty-three.  Now, after learning the ropes, Scott has become the owner of the family business.  Scott’s main competition is a sibling rivalry with his brother, Robbie Ripoll.  Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart.  Scott feels he deserves Ripoll’s respect and Ripoll gets territorial about the trade he’s worked since childhood.  The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their father, from whom they learned the tricks of the trade.

 

Erik Siuda
Brooklyn, NY
Owner/Artist, Ghost Gallery Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/ErikSiuda; www.facebook/GhostGallery)
Twitter: @ErikSiuda
18 years’ experience
Rivals Match-up: “Ink Master Fight Full Circle,” versus Don Peddicord

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Erik Siuda began his career as a graffiti artist before studying at the School of Visual Arts and apprenticing in New York City.  Siuda prides himself on his versatility as an artist, focusing his work on pseudo traditional, new school, realism and Japanese styles.  In addition to owning his own studio, Siuda also sells custom tattoo machines that he builds himself.  Siuda’s rival is Don Peddicord, a Maryland shop owner that he met during casting for season two.  The two didn’t get along from the start, unable to stand the other’s arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.

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Scott Marshall Named “Ink Master” Season 4 Winner 4/20/2014 – Winning Moment

May 21st, 2014 by faziod

Ink Master Season 4 Finale Photos

May 20th, 2014 by faziod

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Scott Marshall Named Season 4 Winner Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

May 20th, 2014 by faziod

SCOTT MARSHALL NAMED SEASON 4 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

Season 5 Details and Exclusive “Rivals” Match Up Revealed

New York, NY, May 20, 2014 – In a live finale that was both fierce and thrilling, Scott Marshall was named winner of Season 4 of “Ink Master.”  Marshall 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 addition, Season 3 rivals Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn returned to the “Ink Master” stage to announce that they will be competing on Season 5 of the series.

Seventeen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, 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.’ Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style.   After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judges, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

The final three contestants: Walter ‘Sausage’ Frank, tattoo artist at Club Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV, Matti Hixson, a self-employed tattoo artist from West Virginia, VA and Scott Marshall, tattoo artist at Roselle Tattoo Co. in Roselle, IL were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 35-hour tattoo, where they had five, seven-hour sessions with their master canvas to create the best tattoo design of their career.

In the finale Frank, Hixson and Marshall revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   After the judges reviewed the artwork, Matti Hixson was eliminated from the competition.  In the end it came down to Walter ‘Sausage’ Frank and Scott Marshall with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Marshall the season 4 winner of “Ink Master.”

During the show, one lucky fan was given the opportunity to get inked by Season 3 winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton.  Using #TATTbyJOEY this season, fans were able to tweet their out-of-the-box tattoo ideas which resulted in Irmak Ayverdi of Bronx, NY getting a tattoo of a four seasons tree LIVE on air during the finale.

The first details regarding Season 5 of “Ink Master,” slated to debut Tuesday, September 2 were also revealed during the finale. Series host Dave Navarro announced that next season every artist is coming to the competition with a rival including two of the most infamous rivals in “Ink Master” history, season 3 contestants Joshua Hibbard and Jason Clay Dunn.

Leading up to the Season 4 finale of “Ink Master” concludes tonight, the series had averaged 1.9 million viewers, the highest in franchise history.  The weekly tattoo-competition series has improved the timeslot in the gender-balanced demographics of Adults 18-49 by a staggering 161% and Adults 18-34 by 215%.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki and is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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

 

 

Ink Master 4/15 – “Ink Master Explosion” With Guest Judge Rob Zombie

April 9th, 2014 by faziod

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Sneak Peek Video – “Ink Master Explosion” Premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 10 PM, ET/PT

April 9th, 2014 by faziod

Spike TV Inks Season Five of “Ink Master”

March 31st, 2014 by SPIKE Press

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON FIVE OF “INK MASTER”

“Ink Master” Returns For A New Season Of 16 Episodes Slated for Fall 2014

 

New York, NY, March 31, 2014 –  On the heels of another strong ratings start for the new season of “Ink Master,” Spike TV has picked up a fifth season of the network’s hit original series. The new season will increase to 16 one-hour episodes and will debut Fall 2014. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

Season four (through 5 episodes) of “Ink Master” is once again proving to be ratings driver for the network, delivering 1.72 million viewers, and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 81% and Adults 18-34 by 115%.  The series is 49% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Original Media, the immensely creative and innovative team who produces ‘Ink Master,’ the defining series of tattoo culture,” said Levy. “The ever-increasing ratings for the series is a testament to the huge stakes and drama in each episode with the incredibly-talented and knowledgeable hosts including Dave Navarro, Chris Nunez, and Oliver Peck.”

“Ink Master” is hosted by music legend Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judged by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.  Tattoo artists from around the country battle it out each week in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine and the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’ The show is produced for Spike TV by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Grilled,” “Dual Survival,” and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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