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) – Owner/artist at 4everUtattoo in National City, 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) – Self-employed artist 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.
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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
Owner/Artist, Puncture Tattoo Studio
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.
Browns Mills, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
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.
Artist, East Providence Tattoo
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
Owner/Artist at Tattoo Alchemy
Website: (www.jasonclaydunn.com; www.jasondunntattoo.com; www.tattooalchemy.com)
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.
Artist, Roses & Ruins Tattoo
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.
Artist, Leathernecks and Bullseye
Website: (www.criselement.com; http://instagram.com/cris_element)
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.
Artist, Hart & Huntington
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.
Bradley Beach, NJ
Artist, Ink Obsession
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.
Artist at Inspired Tattoo
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.
San Diego, CA
Owner/Artist at 4everUtattoo
Website: (www.timleestattoo.com; www.4everutat2.com)
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.
Cocoa Beach, FL
Owner/Artist, Endless Summer
Website: (www.endlesssummertattoo.com; www.marklongenecker.com)
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.
Co-Owner/Artist, Bloodline Tattoo
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
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.
Co-Owner/Artist, Tattoo Dynasty
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.
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.
Owner/Artist, Chapel of Love Tattoo
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.
Self-employed tattoo artist
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.
Owner/Artist, Ghost Gallery Tattoo
Website: (http://instagram.com/ErikSiuda; www.facebook/GhostGallery)
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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