Ink Master Season 9 – “Unnatural Disasters” Photos

July 26th, 2017 by faziod

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Ink Master Season 9 – “Crossing The Lines” Photos

July 26th, 2017 by faziod

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Ink Master Season 9 – “FIRE & ICE” Photos

June 29th, 2017 by faziod

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Spike TV Inks 10 Episodes Of New Series “Ink Master: Angels”

June 5th, 2017 by faziod

“INK MASTER: ANGELS” SPREADS ITS WINGS

SPIKE TV INKS 10 EPISODES OF NEW SERIES “INK MASTER: ANGELS”

New York, NY, June 5, 2017 – Spike’s hit original tattoo-competition franchise, “Ink Master,” continues to grow, as the network has greenlit 10 episodes of new series, “Ink Master: Angels.” The series features four of “Ink Master” Season 8’s top female competitors – Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose – as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists.  Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the “Angels” and earn a spot on Season 10 of “Ink Master” (premiering on Paramount Network in 2018). Both series are produced by Truly Original.

The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, Spike/Paramount Network.

“As the ‘Ink Master’ franchise continues to grow, we are thrilled to work with Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose on ‘Ink Master: Angels,’” said Senior.  “The fan-favorite females of Season 8 will add a new voice to the franchise and help us discover the best artists around the country.”

The new series, which has been picked up for 10 one-hour episodes will air in the fall of 2017 following the culmination of “Ink Master” Season 9, which premieres Tuesday, June 6, along with new episodes of spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption.”

“Ink Master,” “Ink Master: Angels” and “Ink Master: Redemption” are produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike’s Senior Vice President,  Alternative Programming, Tori Socha Vice President, Development, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master Angels” for the network and Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network.

Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s series include Ink Master, Ink Master: Redemption, and Ink Master: Angels for Spike; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don’t Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset, Summer House and the upcoming Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.

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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“Ink Master” Season 9 – Contestant Photos

May 10th, 2017 by faziod
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Unkindness Art

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Tri Cities

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Thicker Than Blood

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The Marked Society

The Marked Society

Pinz N Needles

Pinz N Needles

Classic Trilogy

Classic Trilogy

Black Anchor Collective

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Artistic Skin Designs

Artistic Skin Designs

Allegory Arts

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Black Cobra Tattoos

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The Empire State Studio

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Old Town Ink

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House of Monkey

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Black Cobra Tattoos

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WHO WILL BE CROWNED AMERICA’S “MASTER SHOP” ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER” PREMIERING TUESDAY, JUNE 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

April 20th, 2017 by faziod

WHO WILL BE CROWNED AMERICA’S “MASTER SHOP” ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

PREMIERING TUESDAY, JUNE 6 AT 10 PM ET/PT

Season 9 Introduces Nine Pairs Of Contestants Who Battle For The Largest Grand Prize in Series History And, For The First Time, The Title Of “Master Shop”

New York, NY, April 20, 2017 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line.  This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in “Ink Master” history, the title of “Master Shop.” The series is produced by Truly Original.

This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops.  Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on “human canvases.” Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists’ masterpieces will last a lifetime…so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

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

You can watch the “Ink Master” promo featuring Dave Navarro performing an original rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner by clicking here or below:

The “Ink Master” Season Nine tattoo artists are (listed by shop, in alphabetical order):

  • Allegory Arts – Florence, AL
    • Ulyss Blair (@Ulyss_Blair) – Co-owner/Artist
    • Eva Huber (@eva_jean) – Co-owner/Artist
  • Artistic Skin Designs – Indianapolis, IN
    • April Nicole (@aprilnicoletattoos) – Artist
    • Dane Smith (@danesmithtattoo) – Artist
  • Black Anchor Collective – Hesperia, CA
    • Carlos Rojas (@Crojasart) – Artist
    • Aric Taylor (@Aric_Taylor) – Artist
  • Classic Trilogy Tattoo – Syracuse, NY
    • Thom Bulman (@Bulman_Tattoos) – Owner/Artist
    • Derek Zielinski (@derek_zielinski_artist) – Artist
  • Pinz and Needles – Baltimore, MD
    • Jessy Knuckles (@jessyknuckles) – Artist
    • Allisin Riot (@allisintattoos) – Artist
  • The Marked Society Tattoo – McDonough, GA
    • Wes Hogan (@awesomehogan) – Artist
    • Mike P (@tattoosbymikep) – Co-Owner/Artist
  • Thicker Than Blood – White Plains, NY
    • Jhon Campuzano (@jhoncampuzanotattoo) – Artist
    • Babiery Hernandez (@babierytattoo) – Artist
  • Tri-Cities Tattoo – Atlanta, GA
    • Bang (@chabangna) – Artist
    • Danger Dave (@dangerdaveink) – Artist
  • Unkindness Art – Richmond, VA
    • Erin Chance (@ErinChanceTattoo) – Owner/Artist
    • Doom Kitten (@doomkitten) – Artist

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 @spikeinkmasterPinterest, Tumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” completed its 8th season on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 with a LIVE 90-minute finale that delivered 2.2 million viewers.  Season 8 averaged 2.1 million viewers and was the 2nd highest rated in series history among W18-49.  For the full season, 57% of the audience was female, the most in series history, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network and Tori Socha Vice President, Development, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master Angels” for the network.

Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; The Real Housewives of AtlantaThe Real Housewives of PotomacDon’t Be TardyShahs of SunsetSummer House and the upcoming Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.

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

 

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

 

 

Ink Master Season 9 Contestant Biographies

April 20th, 2017 by faziod

Season 9: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 ”Ink Master” Season 9 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, June 6 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

Bang –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: chavonnarhodes.com
Instagram: @chabangna
4 years’ experience

Bang began tattooing out of her dorm room in college before becoming an apprentice. After graduating college and commissioning as an Army Officer, she says she stuck with art and tattooing to continue on a positive path in life. The Georgia artist, whose styles include photorealism, portraits, sci-fi and surrealism, is on a mission to prove that artists of color are a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Bang is confident that she can take on anyone in the competition.

Ulyss Blair –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Ulyss_Blair
12 years’ experience

Ulyss Blair is the first to admit that his bold personality and competitive nature can be a turn-off to many. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include traditional and realism, comes into the competition with his wife Eva, who co-owns Allegory Arts with him and feels the two of them together are a force to be reckoned with. Blair warns others that he has a few tricks up his sleeve and isn’t afraid to use them to his advantage.

Thom Bulman –
Cortland, NY
Owner/Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: Instagram.com/classictrilogytattoos/
Instagram: @Bulman_Tattoos
10 years’ experience
While Thom Bulman knows he looks tough on the outside, he describes himself as a big softy. Bulman, whose favorite styles include new school and cartoony tattoos, prides himself in his social following and is ready to prove his worth. He is confident that his talent and skills has what it takes to be ‘Ink Master.’
Jhon Campuzano –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: www.Jhoncampuzanotattoos.com
Instagram: @Jhoncampuzanotattoo
8 years’ experience

Jhon Campuzano feels the rough times he faced growing up have helped to mold him into a strong person and better tattoo artist. While he says he is well-versed in all types of tattoos, his go-to style is black and grey. Campuzano, who has dreamed of competing on ‘Ink Master,’ plans to use his patience and ability to work well under pressure to help push him through the competition and bring home the win to his wife and daughter.

Erin Chance –
Richmond, VA
Owner/Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: unkindnessart.com
Instagram: @ErinChanceTattoo
10 years’ experience

Erin Chance moved across the world in hopes of broadening her art and career. She is passionate about tattooing and plans to let her work speak for itself in the competition.
Danger Dave –
Atlanta, GA
Artist, Tri-Cities Tattoo
Website: d-morris.como
Instagram: @dangerdaveink
9 years’ experience

As a son of a preacher, Danger Dave grew up in a conservative family before rebelling and becoming a tattoo artist. While he describes himself as laid-back, he is not afraid to get loud if needed. The Georgia based artist, whose signature style is sculpture and draws inspiration from African themes, wants to prove that people of color are known for more than “urban tattoos.”

Babiery Hernandez –
White Plains, NY
Artist, Thicker Than Blood
Website: thickerthanblood.tumblr.com
Instagram: @babierytattoo
6 years’ experience

Babiery Hernandez has always loved art and is confident that he has great tattooing skills. He is very passionate about drawing and feels his artistry will help put him above the rest. Hernandez is coming into the competition to represent his family, who he credits as his inspiration to be a great artist.

Wes Hogan –
McDonough, GA
Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @awesomehogan
17 years’ experience

Wes Hogan describes himself as kind, wise and knowledgeable with a big beard that you can spot from a mile away. He describes his style as diverse and is confident that he will excel at any style thrown his way. Hogan plans to let artists self-destruct before taking the rest out one at a time until he is the only one standing.

Eva Huber –
Florence, AL
Co-owner/Artist, Allegory Arts
Website: allegorytattoos.com
Instagram: @Eva_Jean
13 years’ experience

Eva Huber, who describes herself as a gypsy spirit, says she’s great at reading people and will be able to analyze her competition. The Alabama based artist, whose favorite styles include traditional with an illustrative flair, comes into the competition with her husband Ulyss, with whom she co-owns Allegory Arts. Huber takes pride in her hometown and is hoping competing on Ink Master will help put Alabama tattooing on the map.

Doom Kitten –
Richmond, VA
Artist, Unkindness Art
Website: doomkittenart.com
Instagram: @Doomkitten
6 years’ experience

Though Doom Kitten hasn’t been tattooing very long, he feels confident that his neo-traditional style will blow the competition out of the water. The artist, who is a self-professed gamer, plans to come into the competition with a well thought out strategy and will take down the strong artists one by one.

Jessy Knuckles –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: Jessyknuckles.com
Instagram: @JessyKnuckles
5 years’ experience

Jessy Knuckles says she is known for her wildlife and animal portraits  in the Baltimore tattooing scene. In addition to cover up tattoos, Knuckles favorite tatoo styles includes black and grey and color realism but she feels she can outperform the competition in any style thrown her way.  As a mother of one, the self-described “fun loving bad ass chick” is motivated to fight till the bitter end till she takes home the title of “Ink Master.”

April Nicole –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @aprilnicoletattoos
8 years’ experience

April Nicole describes herself as a headstrong artist with loud opinions. The Long Island born artist, who specializes in feminine and colorful tattoo styles, says she sticks to her beliefs and won’t let anyone call her out on something that she doesn’t believe in. April Nicole considers herself a well-rounded artist and is ready to prove that she has what it takes to claim the title of “Ink Master.”

Mike P –
McDonough, GA
Co-Owner/Artist, The Marked Society Tattoo
Website: facebook.com/markedsociety
Instagram: @Tattoosbymikep
5 years’ experience

Mike P describes himself as laid back and funny but warns others that he loses his charm the second anyone crosses him. The Georgia based artist, who describes his work as well rounded, is confident that the judges will never find a messy line in any of his art.

Allisin Riot –
Baltimore, MD
Artist, Pinz and Needlez
Website: AllisinTattoos.com
Instagram: @AllisinTattoos
4 years’ experience

Allisin Riot feels confident that she and her best friend Jessy Knuckles will be “the” team to beat this season because between the two of them they are ready to get the recognition they believe their work deserves. Her tattoo style consists of new school, geometric, realism and watercolor and while she hasn’t been in the industry too long, she feels she is ready to take on any artist and any style of tattooing.
Carlos Rojas –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: blackanchorcollective.com
Instagram: @Crojasart
15 years’ experience

Carlos Rojas prides himself in his attention to detail in his tattoo work and considers himself to be one of the best realism artists in the country. The Black Anchor Collective artist describes himself as a bulldog who tells it like he sees it. Rojas says he is not going to let anyone bully him through the competition and plans to get to the finish line.
Dane Smith –
Indianapolis, IN
Artist, Artistic Skin Designs
Website: www.fountainsquaretattoo.com
Instagram: @danesmithtattoo
6 years’ experience

Dane Smith says he thrives in competitive settings and enjoys creating tattoos that flow and fit well on his client’s bodies. While he prides himself in his tattoo art, he has expanded his portfolio to other works of art including designing the 2012 Olympic synchronized swim teams’ uniforms.

Aric Taylor –
Hesperia, CA
Artist, Black Anchor Collective
Website: ARICTAYLORTATTOO.COM
Instagram: @Aric_Taylor
25 years’ experience

Aric Taylor describes himself as very humble and admits he is his own worst critic. The Black Anchor Collective artist, whose favorite tattoo styles include realism with his own twist, says he has picked up many styles over the years and plans to let his art speak for itself.

Derek Zielinski –
Plains, PA
Artist, Classic Trilogy Tattoo
Website: derektheartist.blogspot.com
Instagram: @derek_zielinski_artist
12 years’ experience
Derek Zielinski says he’s pretty sure he’ll get under people’s skin in the competition. Zielinski, who is into a holistic and vegan living, says that just because his lifestyle is clean doesn’t mean he won’t fight dirty to win it all. The Classic Trilogy Tattoo artist, whose styles include traditional, portrait, new school and realism, is confident that his work will do all the talking.

SPIKE TV RENEWS “INK MASTER” FOR SEASON TEN AND GREENLIGHTS “INK MASTER ANGELS” SPECIAL

March 23rd, 2017 by faziod

SPIKE TV RENEWS “INK MASTER” FOR SEASON TEN AND GREENLIGHTS “INK MASTER ANGELS” SPECIAL

Network Inks Season 10 of “Ink Master” To Premiere in 2018

New York, NY, March 23, 2017 – Spike’s hit original tattoo-competition series, “Ink Master,” continues to grow, renewing for a tenth season and greenlighting a new special, “Ink Master Angels.” The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike. “Ink Master” and “Ink Master Angels” are produced by Truly Original.

Season 10, which has been picked up for 16 one-hour episodes, will go into production later this year and air on the rebranded Paramount Network in 2018.

With the rise in popularity of female competitors on “Ink Master,” Spike also has greenlit “Ink Master Angels.” The one-hour special will feature four of Season 8’s top female competitors – Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose – as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists in a variety of challenges, to see who has what it takes to beat them. The special will debut later this year.

“I’m so pleased to see ‘Ink Master’ reach a milestone tenth season as it continues to be a great ratings driver for the network,” said Senior. “The franchise has shown such amazing growth with our female audience that it is a natural progression to launch a female-fronted standalone competition, as well.”

Season 9 of “Ink Master” debuts this June along with new episodes of spinoff series “Ink Master: Redemption.”

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,” “Ink Master Angels” and “Ink Master: Redemption” are produced for Spike by Truly Original (“Swamp People,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Vanity Fair Confidential”) with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network and Tori Socha Vice President, Development, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master Angels” for the network.


Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s hit series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Redemption for Spike; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don’t Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset, Summer House and the upcoming Stripped, for Bravo; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack My Life for truTV; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.

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

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

 

 

Record Number Of Women Tune In To Spike’s Hit Series, “Ink Master”

December 13th, 2016 by faziod

RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN TUNE IN TO SPIKE’S HIT SERIES, “INK MASTER”

Recently-Completed Season 8 Delivers A 57% Female Audience

Spin-off “Ink Master: Redemption” Picked Up For Season 4

New York, NY, December 13, 2016 – Tuesday night has become “Ladies Night” on Spike as a record number of women tuned-in to the most recent season of the network’s hit series, “Ink Master.”  Season 8, which concluded on December 6, delivered a 57% female audience, the highest in franchise history. The season, which featured its first female winner, was also the second-most watched in franchise history, demonstrating the ever-increasing popularity of one of the network’s signature shows.

“Ink Master” Season 8 ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable (10:00 -11:00 PM, ET/PT) with Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

The “Ink Master” LIVE Finale delivered big numbers for the network as well.  The nail-biting culmination to the dramatic Season 8 netted 2.1 million viewers last Tuesday night, December 6.

This season of “Ink Master” was all about the females, as four of the top 18 contestants teamed up to form an alliance which helped propel two female artists to the finale.  Ryan Ashley, owner and artist at The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, PA was victorious and has become the first ever female winner of “Ink Master.”

“I’m so proud that after eight seasons’ we finally have our first female winner of Ink Master,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. “The show continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats and remains a major ratings driver for the network, especially with women.  I can’t wait to see what twists the series brings next season.”

The “Ink Master” finale was the #1 social show in all of cable TV on Tuesday and #2 in all of TV (excluding sports), generating almost a quarter million total social interactions. On Twitter, both #InkMaster and #InkRyan led the trending topics and over 100k votes via tweet were submitted to help choose the finalists.

As the “Ink Master” franchise continues to thrive, the network has greenlit a new season of its spin-off series “Ink Master: Redemption,” with 10 additional episodes.

Season 4 of the spin-off series, which offers unsatisfied former “human canvases” of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last, will debut in 2017 in conjunction with “Ink Master” Season 9.

“Ink Master” and “Ink Master: Redemption” are produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Horn”) 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 Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of “Ink Master” for the network

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; I Love You… But I Lied for Lifetime; and The Horn for Red Bull 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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Contact:

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

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

Ink Master Season 8 Finale

December 7th, 2016 by faziod

onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  View of "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: View of “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Host Dave Navarro speaks onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Dave Navarro

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Host Dave Navarro speaks onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Dave Navarro

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Host Dave Navarro flanked by judges Oliver Peck (L) and Chris Nunez (R) onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Oliver Peck; Dave Navarro; Chris Nunez

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Host Dave Navarro flanked by judges Oliver Peck (L) and Chris Nunez (R) onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Oliver Peck; Dave Navarro; Chris Nunez

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  View of season 8 finalist Gian Karle's live finale tattoo during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: View of season 8 finalist Gian Karle’s live finale tattoo during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: View of season 8 finalist Ryan Ashley's live finale tattoo during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: View of season 8 finalist Ryan Ashley’s live finale tattoo during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  View of season 8 finalist Kelly Dotty's live finale tattoo during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: View of season 8 finalist Kelly Dotty’s live finale tattoo during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Team Peck's Bonface, Mike McAskill, Gia Rose, Matt Murray, Dave Robinowitz, Geary Morrill, and Eric Gonzalez react onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Bonface; Mike McAskill; Gia Rose; Matt Murray; Dave Robinowitz; Geary Morrill; Eric Gonzalez

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Team Peck’s Bonface, Mike McAskill, Gia Rose, Matt Murray, Dave Robinowitz, Geary Morrill, and Eric Gonzalez react onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Bonface; Mike McAskill; Gia Rose; Matt Murray; Dave Robinowitz; Geary Morrill; Eric Gonzalez

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  (L-R) Team Nunez's Carolyn Elaine, John Collins, Sirvone Smith, Nate Beavers, Nikki Simpson, Tuff Tito, Sketchy Lawyer, Kevin Laroy, and Kelly Dotty react onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Carolyn Elaine; John Collins; Sirvone Smith; Nate Beavers; Nikki Simpson; Tuff Tito; Sketchy Lawyer; Kevin Laroy; Kelly Dotty

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Team Nunez’s Carolyn Elaine, John Collins, Sirvone Smith, Nate Beavers, Nikki Simpson, Tuff Tito, Sketchy Lawyer, Kevin Laroy, and Kelly Dotty react onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Carolyn Elaine; John Collins; Sirvone Smith; Nate Beavers; Nikki Simpson; Tuff Tito; Sketchy Lawyer; Kevin Laroy; Kelly Dotty

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Season 8 winner of "Ink Master" Ryan Ashley poses onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Season 8 winner of “Ink Master” Ryan Ashley poses onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Season 8 winner of "Ink Master" Ryan Ashley and season 8 finalist Gian Karle react onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley; Gian Karle

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Season 8 winner of “Ink Master” Ryan Ashley and season 8 finalist Gian Karle react onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley; Gian Karle

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  (L-R) Season 8 finalists Kelly Dotty (L) and Gian Karle (R) pose with season 8 winner of "Ink Master" Ryan Ashley onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Kelly Dotty; Gian Karle; Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Season 8 finalists Kelly Dotty (L) and Gian Karle (R) pose with season 8 winner of “Ink Master” Ryan Ashley onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Kelly Dotty; Gian Karle; Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  View of "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: View of “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike)

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Season 8 finalist Gian Karle reveals his 24 hour Master Canvas onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Gian Karle

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Season 8 finalist Gian Karle reveals his 24 hour Master Canvas onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Gian Karle

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Season 8 finalist Ryan Ashley reveals her 24 hour Master Canvas onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Season 8 finalist Ryan Ashley reveals her 24 hour Master Canvas onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Ashley

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) John Collins, Sketchy Lawyer, Kevin Laroy, Gia Rose, Kelly Dotty, Sirvone Smith, Dave Navarro, Tuff Tito, Oliver Peck, Ryan Ashley, Mike McAskill, Gian Karle, Eric Gonzalez, Chris Nunez, Geary Morrill, Dave Robinowitz, Boneface, Nate Beavers, Carolyn Elaine, and Matt Murray pose onstage during "Ink Master" Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** John Collins; Sketchy Lawyer; Kevin Laroy; Gia Rose; Kelly Dotty; Sirvone Smith; Dave Navarro; Tuff Tito; Oliver Peck; Ryan Ashley; Mike McAskill; Gian Karle; Eric Gonzalez; Chris Nunez; Geary Morrill; Dave Robinowitz; Boneface; Nate Beavers; Carolyn Elaine; Matt Murray

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: (L-R) John Collins, Sketchy Lawyer, Kevin Laroy, Gia Rose, Kelly Dotty, Sirvone Smith, Dave Navarro, Tuff Tito, Oliver Peck, Ryan Ashley, Mike McAskill, Gian Karle, Eric Gonzalez, Chris Nunez, Geary Morrill, Dave Robinowitz, Boneface, Nate Beavers, Carolyn Elaine, and Matt Murray pose onstage during “Ink Master” Season 8 Live Finale at at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Spike) *** Local Caption *** John Collins; Sketchy Lawyer; Kevin Laroy; Gia Rose; Kelly Dotty; Sirvone Smith; Dave Navarro; Tuff Tito; Oliver Peck; Ryan Ashley; Mike McAskill; Gian Karle; Eric Gonzalez; Chris Nunez; Geary Morrill; Dave Robinowitz; Boneface; Nate Beavers; Carolyn Elaine; Matt Murray