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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Contact:

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

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

 

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

“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

Spike Greenlights A New Season of “Ink Master: Redemption”

October 14th, 2015 by leungm

 SPIKE GREENLIGHTS A NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER: REDEMPTION”

Highly-Rated Series To Return Next Spring With 13 New Episodes

Currently Ranks #1 In Its Timeslot With Adults 18-49

New York, NY, October 14, 2015 – Spike’s sleeper-hit series, “Ink Master: Redemption,” which is averaging 1.8 million viewers and ranks #1 in its timeslot with Adults 18-49 in its debut season, has been picked up for a second season of 13 episodes. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.

The new season launches next spring coinciding with Season 7 of “Ink Master.”

Since premiering on Spike on Tuesday, September 8 at 11:00pm ET/PT, “Ink Master: Redemption” is averaging a 1.3 rating with the key demographic of Adults 18-49, ranking it #1 in all of television in its Tuesday timeslot.  The half-hour Spike original, which has expanded the “Ink Master” franchise, has also improved the timeslot (versus last year) by a staggering +162% with Adults 18-49, +150% with Men 18-49, +174% with Women 18-49, and +156% in total viewership.

The series is among the crop of original series such as “Bar Rescue,” “Lip Sync Battle,” and “Ink Master” that deliver on the network’s mission to attract a gender-balanced audience to the channel.

“Ink Master: Redemption” offers disgruntled former human canvases of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The spinoff series is hosted by Dave Navarro.

“Ink Master: Redemption” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Andrea Richter, and Dave Navarro 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: Redemption” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

About Spike TV:

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@spike.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

October 9th, 2015 by faziod

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