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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Press Contacts:

 

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 Photos

January 19th, 2016 by faziod

 

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Spike TV Inks Season Eight of “Ink Master”

October 19th, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE TV INKS SEASON EIGHT OF “INK MASTER”

 New Season of 16 Episodes Slated for Summer 2016

 Season 6 Scores Highest Ratings In Franchise History, Ranking #1 In Its Timeslot On

Cable With Adults 18-49

Season 7 Debuts Spring 2016, Featuring Returning Show Favorites

New York, NY, October 19, 2015 – On the heels of its highest rated season of “Ink Master” to date, Spike has greenlit a new season of the hit original tattoo-competition series.  Season 8 will consist of 15 one-hour episodes plus a LIVE finale and will go into production in March 2016, with a premiere slated for next summer.  The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

“Ink Master” completed its 6th season on Tuesday, October 13 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.

Season 7 of “Ink Master” debuts next spring and will feature returning show favorite contestants.

“Ink Master delivered yet again a compelling and entertaining season packed with incredible artistic expression and creativity mixed in with big drama,” said Levy. “The record ratings are a testament to our partners at Original Media and our phenomenal hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez. We are thrilled to this great team back for Season 8.”

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist 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” has also been a hit in social media. Last week’s LIVE finale was ranked #1 among reality shows across all networks based on unique authors on Twitter.

“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 “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men” and “I Love You But I Lied.” 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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Press Contact:

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

Ink Master Season 6 Finale Photos

October 14th, 2015 by faziod

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Kruseman Named Season 6 Winner Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

October 14th, 2015 by faziod

KRUSEMAN NAMED SEASON 6 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

New York, NY, October 13, 2015 – In a live finale that was both cutthroat and exciting, Kruseman was named winner of Season 6 of “Ink Master.”  Kruseman 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 to these winnings, Kruseman won a brand new Dodge Challenger.

Eighteen 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.” This season of “Ink Master” was not just about the rivalries the artists created during the competition; contestants also came with their own personal tattoo rival – their master or apprentice.

Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judges, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The final three contestants – Chris Blinston, owner and artist at No Hard Feelings in Coral Springs, FL; Kruseman, owner and artist at Oldeline Tattoo in Hagerstown, MD; and Matt O’Baugh, owner and artist at Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood, AR – were each assigned their own master canvas. They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 35-hour back-piece tattoo, where they each had five, seven-hour sessions to create the best tattoo design of their careers.

For the first time in “Ink Master” history, the three finalists also tattooed leading into the live finale in styles that were voted on by the fans via social media.  Blinston was assigned color realism, Kruseman was assigned American traditional and O’Baugh was assigned color realism.   During the finale, fans were able to vote to determine who completed this challenge the best, with the most votes earning a spot in the top two artists.  After thousands of tweets, it was determined that Chris Blinston had the best tattoo of the evening, which secured his spot in the final two and was also awarded $10,000 courtesy of Gildan USA.  After the judges reviewed the artwork, Kruseman earned the second spot in the final two.

As Blinston and Kruseman revealed their master canvases to the judges – and America – in the end, Kruseman was named the season 6 winner of “Ink Master.”

In addition to Kruseman winning a brand new Dodge Challenger, one lucky fan won the custom-painted Challenger that was designed during the season by contestants Craig Foster, Chris Blinston and Erik Campbell through a fan focused sweepstakes.

In an another exciting twist during the live finale, three lucky fans were given the opportunity to get inked by “Ink Master” alumni Cleen Rock One, Jimi Litwalk and Sarah Miller who were all revealed during the finale as returning veterans for “Ink Master” Season 7.  One, Litwalk and Miller will be joined by five other “Ink Master” veterans, as well as eight new contestants who will all go head-to-head in Season 7, premiering in March 2016.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network; Season 6 is averaging 2.4 million viewers and is on pace to become the series’ highest-rated and most-watched season ever.  The series is #1 in P18-34 and W18-34 in all of TV, and #1 in P18-49 and #1 in W18-49 in cable in its timeslot (Tuesday’s, 10-11pm).

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “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 “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men” and “I Love You But I Lied.” 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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Contact:

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

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

 

 

 

Ink Master ‘Go Big Or Go Home’ Photos

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Ink Master ‘Player’s Choice’ Photos

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Ink Master ‘Hell On Wheels’ Photos

August 26th, 2015 by faziod

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