Decorate The Tree And Ring In The New Year With Some Of Your Favorite ‘Ink Master’ Alumni On ‘Merry Ink’ And ‘New Year’s Ink’ Specials

December 17th, 2014 by faziod

DECORATE THE TREE AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ‘INK MASTER’ ALUMNI ON ‘MERRY INK’ AND ‘NEW YEAR’S INK’ SPECIALS

Spike to Air Two Holiday-Themed ‘Ink Master’ Episodes
on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30 at 10 PM ET/PT

New York, NY, December 17, 2014 – Spike TV’s hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series “Ink Master” is getting in the festive spirit with two holiday-themed specials, ‘Merry Ink’ and ‘New Year’s Ink.’  Each special brings back well-known “Ink Master” alumni to compete and design holiday-inspired tattoos to win a grand prize of $10,000, which is awarded at the end of the episodes.  Every drop of ink counts, there are no flash challenges on these episodes and after every round, one artist is eliminated from their chance at “Ink Master” redemption.

‘Merry Ink,’ (#MerryInk) airing on Tuesday, December 23 at 10pm ET/PT brings back four contestants who fell just short of winning the ‘Ink Master’ title during their respective seasons.  Though each artist performed phenomenal tattoos, they were told to pack up their equipment and close up shop.  They are all returning with something to prove, that they should have been chosen “Ink Master.”  In a crazy twist, the artists will tattoo the same group of human canvases throughout the competition.  The canvases, who are hoping to get several holiday themed tattoos, face elimination alongside their artists at the end of each round.  The artists competing in this episode are James Vaughn (season one), Tatu Baby (season two and three), Jime Litwalk (season three) and Sausage (season 4).

‘New Year’s Ink,’ (#NewYearsInk) airing on Tuesday, December 30 at 10pm ET/PT sees the return of four contestants who each had extraordinary circumstances that lead to their dramatic eliminations.  These artists are looking to put the past behind and start out fresh with a ‘new year.’  The artists competing in this episode are Al Fliction (season one), Cee Jay Jones (season two), Joshua Hibbard (season three and five) and Gentle Jay (season four).

These two holiday-themed specials are designed to not only test the artists technical skills, but also their interpersonal skills and on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘Human Canvas.’  After each round, the artists will 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).   The holiday masterpieces or mistakes these artists create will last a lifetime.

Viewers can find clips and full episodes on spike.com, and also join the conversation live using the hashtags #MerryInk and #NewYearsInk.  The latest in tattoo culture and Ink Master news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmaster, Tumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

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

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

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

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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

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

 

 

Jason Clay Dunn Named Season 5 Winner Of “Ink Master” In Live Season Finale

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

JASON CLAY DUNN NAMED SEASON 5 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE

New York, NY, December 16, 2014 – In a live finale that was both fierce and thrilling, Jason Clay Dunn was named winner of Season 5 of “Ink Master.”  Dunn 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.’

Eighteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’ This season of “Ink Master” was not just about the rivalries you created on the show, as each contestant came into the 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 was more personal than ever.

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 masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

The final three contestants: Jason Clay Dunn, owner and artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA, Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV, and Erik Siuda, owner and artist at Ghost Gallery Tattoo in Bethpage, NY 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 had five, seven-hour sessions with their master canvas to create the best tattoo design of their career.

In the finale Dunn, One, and Siuda revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   After the judges reviewed the artwork, Erik Siuda was eliminated from the competition.  In the end it came down to Jason Clay Dunn and Cleen Rock One with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Dunn the season 5 winner of “Ink Master.”

During the show, one lucky fan was given the opportunity to get inked by last season’s Fan Favorite, Walter “Sausage” Frank.  Frank tattooed a sexy Christmas elf LIVE on air during the finale in honor of ‘Merry Ink’ and ‘New Year’s Ink” specials, airing on Tuesday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 30 at 10pm ET/PT.  “Ink Master” will also return for a sixth season in the summer of 2015.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

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

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

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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

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

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

December 16th, 2014 by faziod

SPIKE TV INKS SEASON SIX OF “INK MASTER”

“Ink Master” Returns For A New Season Of 13 Episodes
Slated for Summer 2015

New York, NY, December 16, 2014 – On the eve of the LIVE “Ink Master” season 5 finale later tonight, Spike TV is announcing it has picked up a sixth season of the network’s hit original tattoo-competition series.

“Ink Master,” currently delivering an average of 2.1 million viewers for Season 5, is on pace for its most-watched season in franchise history. The new season, featuring 13 one-hour episodes, goes into production early next year and will debut in the summer of 2015. Season 6 will have a special twist as mentors will square off against their apprentices.

The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master is indicative of the distinctive, compelling, gender-balanced original programming that features big stakes,” said Levy. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Original Media and our incredible hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez for another great season.”

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.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media ( and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Original Media, founded in 2002 by Charlie Corwin, 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 produces some of the top unscripted content on television. Some of Original Media’s hit television series include “Swamp People,”, “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival,” “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “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, headquartered in New York, 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.

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

Spike TV Orders 5th Season of “Auction Hunters”

April 11th, 2014 by SPIKE Press

 

SPIKE TV ORDERS 20 EPISODES OF “AUCTION HUNTERS,” THE NETWORK’S LONGEST RUNNING ORIGINAL NON-SCRIPTED SERIES

New York, NY, April 11, 2014 –– Spike TV has ordered a new season of 20 episodes of “Auction Hunters,” the network’s longest-running non-scripted original series that has successfully broadened and expanded the channel’s audience.  The fifth season of “Auction Hunters” will go into production this summer and debut this fall.

For the new season, the show’s stars, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, will expand their horizons to more than just storage unit auctions. This dynamic duo will traverse the country in search of the best deals, from cattle auctions to police auctions to, of course, their favorite storage auctions – all in the goal of finding fortune.    

The current season of “Auction Hunters” (January 18-April 5) has averaged 1.5 million viewers and has improved the timeslot on Saturdays at 9pm in the key demographic of Adults 18-34 by 25%.

“We are thrilled to bring back another season of ‘Auction Hunters’ which after four years, continues to resonate with our growing gender-balanced audience,” said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.   

About “Auction Hunters:”

Launched in 2010, “Auction Hunters” stars the two best prospectors in the business, Allen Haff and Ton Jones. The series cuts the lock and opens the door into high stakes, financial risks and potential rewards, where the right purchase can bring in serious cash. 

“Auction Hunters” is produced by Gurney Productions and executive produced by Scott Gurney and Deirdre Gurney.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Series and Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice president, Original Series. Dallas Dunn serves as Executive in Charge of Production for Spike.

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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Press Contact:             Shana Tepper                Spike TV                   310-407-4728

*Information provided by Nielsen Media Research (based +7 DVR ratings)

 

 

Ink Master Season 4 Contestant Biographies

January 14th, 2014 by faziod

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Season 4: Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 “Ink Master” Season 4 Premieres on Spike TV Starting Tuesday, February 25 at 10 PM, ET/PT

 

David Bell- Fredericksburg, VA
20 years experience
Owner/ Artist at TLA Tattoos (www.tlatattoos.com) in Fredericksburg, VA
Twitter: @davidbelltattoo
David Bell has been tattooing for more than 20 years and is widely known on the convention circuit.  A confident artist, Bell got his start apprenticing at a studio in Arizona and moved around to shops in California, Washington and Nevada perfecting his tattoo abilities.  Two years ago he brought his West Coast tattoo style and his love of black and gray work to the East Coast when he set up his own shop TLA Tattoos in Virginia.  Bell believes he had the fundamentals and creative experience to bring a real challenge to this year’s competition.

Ashley Bennett – South Windsor, CT
6 years experience
Artist at Body Graphics (http://instagram.com/Ashleybtattoo ) in South Windsor, CT
Twitter: @ashleybtattoo
Bennett takes great pride in what she’s achieved as a female artist in a male dominated industry.  An apprenticed and self-taught artist, she’s got a competitive spirit and fiery attitude.  Bennett has worked hard to gain the respect of her peers and clients wants to prove that women in the tattoo industry are just as good, if not better, than their male counterparts.  While she describes her style as colorful and bold Bennett enjoys tattooing traditional styled pieces. A native of Saratoga Springs, NY during the filming of “Ink Master” Bennett worked at True Tattoo Studio in Clifton Park, NY

‘Gentle Jay’ Blondel- Massapequa, NY
14 years experience
Artist at Alchemy Tattoo Arts (www.jayblondeltattoo.com) in Bellmore, NY
Twitter:  @Gentl_jay
Don’t let his moniker fool you,  Gentle Jay is no shrinking violet.  After brief stints in art school and as a party decorator Jay found his way to tattooing and body piercing in 1999.  He prides himself on his tattoo versatility, not sticking to just one style because his goal is to come up with something new. Gentle Jay looks at this season’s competition as his coming out party and believes his meticulous work and fine lines is what will set him apart from his competitor and prove that he can hang with the big boys.

Lydia Bruno- Albany, NY
9 years experience
Co-owner/Artist at Unique Arts Studio (www.inkbylydia.com) in Glens Falls, NY
Twitter: @inkbyLydia
Bruno’s motto is “burn your own path,” something she has done for herself ever since leaving a career in the mental health industry in order to deal with a whole different breed of crazy people – tattoo artists.   An artist since childhood, Bruno  learned her tattoo craft through an “old school” apprenticeship.  She specializes in black and grey photorealism and is particularly drawn to morbid imagery.   Bruno is poised and ready to defend her work and fight back on this season’s competition.  A go-getter with an adventurous spirit, Bruno’s got plenty of practice fighting back as she is also a boxer who has been told she’s “too aggressive” in the ring.  Lucky for her there’s no such thing as “too aggressive” when it comes to tattooing.

Damon Butler- Boston, MA
3 years experience
Manager/Artist at Extreme Fantasy (www.hautedraws.wordpress.com) in Abington, MA
Twitter: @hautedraws
Growing up in the projects of Boston, Damon Butler could have easily ended up another victim of drugs and violence. However, he could draw from an early age and earned a reputation in his neighborhood as a talented artist.  He was encouraged by his local peers to make use of his talent and eventually attended art school. Damon is a self-taught tattoo artist and clearly the determined and hungry rookie in this year’s competition, having bought his first machine three years ago and began practicing on fruit before working up to his first human canvas.

Keith Diffenderfer- York, PA
13 years experience
Artist at Honor & Iron (www.facebook.com/keith-diffenderfer) in Rehoboth Beach, DE
Twitter:  @ kdiffenderfer
Keith Diffenderfer has been relentless since he was young. As a high school student, he showed up at the same tattoo shop every day for a year until they finally agreed to give him an apprenticeship.  That apprenticeship is what Diffenderfer believes sets him apart from newbies who never paid their dues in the industry. He believes that the lack of art education and working your way up in tattooing is a disservice to the customer.  Diffenderfer has earned a reputation for bright and bold tattoos but refuses to categorize himself, he believes he can do it all.

Kyle Dunbar- Genesee County, MI
20 years experience
Owner/ Artist at Almighty Tattoo (www.facebook.com/almightykyledunbar) in Flint, MI
Twitter: @InkbyKyleDunbar
Kyle Dunbar is a self-taught tattoo artist who hasn’t built his reputation on being the nice guy.  He says that he worked at almost every tattoo shop in Genesee County, MI, his hometown, only to have been fired from every one of them because of his abrasive attitude.  Dunbar dislikes tattoo styles with strict rules and prefers to create his own world of “badass art” where he can control gravity and twist reality to his own liking.  Dunbar opened his own shop Almighty Tattoo in 2003 with his wife and has clients coming to him from all over to get inked in his signature extreme realism tattoo style. In last year’s competition Dunbar made it all the way to the final four before being eliminated. In the season finale fans voted Kyle Dunbar and Chris May back to face off in a first-ever live tattoo challenge, that Dunbar won, earning him a chance to redeem himself in Season 4.

Jim Francis- Milwaukee, WI
12 years experience
Owner/Artist at Milwaukee Ink (www.jimfrancistattoo.com and www.mkeink.com) in Milwaukee, WI
Twitter: @tattooedjim
After living life in the fast lane and spending time in both jail and rehab for drugs, Francis found stability in tattooing.  A self-taught artist who began his tattoo career in California, he is primarily known for his Japanese and black and gray photorealism tattoos, but he personally favors working in the traditional style.  Little do his clients or his fellow competitors know that he works his craft with a slight disadvantage, he’s partially color blind, but Francis has an uncanny ability to turn that weakness into a strength. He owns the only tattoo shop in the world located within a Harley Davidson flagship dealership in Milwaukee.

Walter “Sausage” Frank- Las Vegas, NV
13 years experience
Artist at Club Tattoo (www.facebook.com/waltersausagefrank) in Las Vegas, NV
Twitter: @Sausagekingtat
Sausage isn’t just a tattoo artist, he’s a true entertainer whose stage is the tattoo studio. He enjoys making people laugh and couple that with his meticulous tattoo work, Sausage is a much sought after and appreciated artist in Las Vegas where his specialties include HD realism, portrait and black and gray.  But don’t let his humorous ways fool you, he’s a solid and fierce competitor.  Having worked alongside last season’s winner Joey Hamilton, Sausage has picked up a thing or two about strategy and winning this competition.

Halo – Baltimore, MD
9 years experience
Owner/Artist at Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery (www.blacklotustattoos.com and www.tattoosbyhalo.com) in Severn, MD
Twitter: @tattoosbyhalo
After winning more than one hundred fifty awards within the past four years for his artistry and tattooing at two hundred conventions last year, Halo joins the cast confident and ready to claim his next prize. But this artist is more than just a winner in his art work, he’s a successful shop owner, but more importantly a cancer survivor. After his diagnosis Halo set out to break the rules by going a holistic approach to treat and cure his illness.  He also set out to make his imprint on the tattoo industry, working 24/7 practicing his craft and building a name for himself with his realism and new skool work.

Matti Hixson- Virginia Beach, VA
10 years experience
Artist at Trinity Tattoo (https://www.facebook.com/matthew.hixson1) in Virginia Beach, VA
Twitter: @mattihixson
Matti Hixson, speaks bluntly, but he claims it’s all in the name of artistic passion.  This self-taught artist from West Virginia, 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 well-rounded artist who thrives in color realism and likes tattooing with a dark twist.  He brings his passion and competitive spirit to this season’s competition openly acknowledging that he’s here for the notoriety, the money and of course the title of “Ink Master.”

Bubba Irwin- Scottsdale, AZ
7 years experience
Owner/Artist at Old Town Ink (www.oldtownink.com) in Scottsdale, AZ
Twitter: @bubbairwin
Irwin takes deep pride in the fact that he is a 100% self-taught tattoo artist. Everything he knows about the tattoo industry he’s learned through trial, error and practice, making him the confident artist that he is.  Competitive and determined by nature, Irwin attributes much of his business success to the work ethic instilled in him by his father while growing up. His ambitious nature is clearly evident in his quick rise from doing tattoos out of his home for friends and family to opening up his own shop where he specializes in realism and portraits.

King Ruck- Las Vegas, NV
6 years experience
Owner/Artist at Black Spade Tattoo (www.blackspadetattoo.com) and Red Elephant Tattoo (www.redelephantcompany.com) in Las Vegas, NV
Twitter: @therealkingruck
King Ruck is a former graffiti artist who has made a smooth transition to tattooing.  He went from bombing and painting on walls and building his reputation as a respected graffiti artist, to owning two of the premiere tattoo shops in Las Vegas. The nickname “King” was given to him by his mentors because of the dues he paid as a graffiti artist and “Ruck,” which is short for Ruckus, was the main name he used while getting up on walls. King Ruck is known for his fine lines, smooth grays and attention to detail but really enjoys the bold lines and bright colors as well and jumps at every chance he gets to do so.

Scott Marshall- Chicago, IL
15 years experience
Artist at Roselle Tattoo Co. (www.facebook.com/scottmarshalltattoos) in Roselle, IL
Twitter: @smarshalltattoo
Scott Marshall graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago in 1998 and apprenticed for one year before starting his own tattoo career.   A truly confident artist, he prides himself on being proficient and efficient in any tattoo style and knows that his customers value and appreciate his professional opinion. For Marshall its all about the creative process behind the tattoo.  He doesn’t work off of templates, but rather likes to get into the mind of his client and derive the tattoo design from that, making sure to adding their personality into the finished masterpiece.

Melissa Monroe- Farmington, WI
5 years experience
Artist at Homeward Bound Tattoo (www.homewardboundtattoo.com) in Port Washington, WI
Twitter: @Monroever
Donning platinum blond hair, a variety of piercings and countless tattoos, Melissa Monroe is a small town girl who proves herself to be bold. Her laid back demeanor of a sweet Midwestern gal only goes but so far, as she is always ready to push back. She finds herself lucky to work among men because she feels women tend to be severely more dramatic. Living in a small town, Monroe doesn’t have the luxury of specializing in one form of tattooing. She enjoys doing pin up, dark nature, traditional and neo-traditional pieces. Monroe is confident in her work and dares anyone to question her ability to rise above the competition.

Roland Pacheco- Hawi, Hawaii
8 years experience
Owner/Artist at Xisle Custom Tattoo (www.rolandpacheco.com and http://www.xisletattoo.com/) in Hawi, HI
Twitter: @Roland_Pacheco
Roland Pacheco is a 6th generation Polynesian, self-taught tattoo artist and published author from the Big Island of Hawai’i. He owns and operates Xisle Custom Tattoo in the historic town of Hawi where he has been practicing his craft and researching Polynesian tattoo for the past 8 years.  Art has been a part of Pacheco’s life from an early age  – he enjoys oil and acrylic painting, watercolor, charcoal, gyotaku, digital art and animation. As a child he created his own comic books to not only entertain himself but to further develop his artistic skills.  When he isn’t tattooing or writing, Pacheco enjoys restoring motorcycles, spearfishing and spending time with his wife, Anna.

Randy Vollink- Mesa, AZ
9 years experience
Artist at Club Tattoo (www.randyvollink.com) in Scottsdale, AZ
Twitter: @randyvollink
Randy Vollink is a former manager of various law firms, his love of art inspired to pursue more creative endeavors. Tattooing started out for him as a hobby and quickly became a passion.  A self-taught artist, Vollink has worked hard to earn his tattoo stripes just like everyone else, but he also had the added difficulty of being a gay man in a heterosexual male dominated industry.  He’s a confident artist who specializes in black and gray portraits and photo realism.
 

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Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton Named Season 3 Winner of “Ink Master” in Live Series Final

October 8th, 2013 by SPIKE Press

JOEY ‘HOLLYWOOD’ HAMILTON NAMED SEASON 3 WINNER OF

“INK MASTER” IN LIVE SEASON FINALE 

Season 3 Wins $100,000, Feature in Inked Magazine & Bragging Rights Title of ‘Ink Master’  

New York, NY, October 8, 2013 – In a live finale that was both intense and exciting, Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton was named winner of Season 3 of “Ink Master.”  Hamilton 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, Kyle Dunbar was given a second chance at tattoo redemption and voted on to “Ink Master” Season 4 airing next year after being voted back by the fans during a LIVE tattoo challenge at the finale.

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’ Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style.   After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judges, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.   

The final three contestants: Katherine ‘Tatu Baby’ Flores, self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL, Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton, tattoo artist at Club Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV and Jime Litwalk, artist at Hart and Huntington in Orlando, FL were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 35-hour tattoo, where they had five, seven-hour sessions with their master canvas to create the best tattoo design of their career.

In the finale Flores, Hamilton and Litwalk revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   After the judges reviewed the artwork, ‘Tatu Baby’ was eliminated from the competition.  In the end it came down to Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton and Jime Litwalk with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Hamilton the season 3 winner of “Ink Master.” 

In last week’s semi-final episode, a surprise twist was introduced for the 13 eliminated.  Series host Dave Navarro announced that all of the eliminated contestants would get a second chance to prove themselves worthy on “Ink Master,” where it would be up to the fans to vote for their top two favorite artists to compete in a LIVE head-to-head tattoo competition.  The two finalists were Kyle Dunbar and Chris May, with Kyle Dunbar ultimately being given the opportunity to compete on “Ink Master” Season 4.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

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

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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

 

 

 

 

 

“Ink Master” Season 3 Returns July 16 – Contestants Revealed

June 5th, 2013 by faziod

 

THE STAKES ARE HIGH AND THE MISTAKES ARE PERMANENT WHEN

“INK MASTER” RETURNS STARTING TUESDAY, JULY 16 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

 This Season Human Canvases Have a Vote in Elimination of Artists

Sixteen Artists Battle It Out For $100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine & Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, June 5, 2013 – Spike returns with more skin in the game going into season three of its hit original series “Ink Master,” which returns Tuesday, July 16 at 10 PM, ET/PT and will culminate with a LIVE finale in October.  Sixteen of top tattoo artists will 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.’  For the first time this season, the show’s Human Canvases will have a vote in the Elimination Tattoo, helping to determine which artist is ultimately sent home.

Each episode puts the artist through their paces, competing in various 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.’  Artists will be asked to tattoo in a number of distinct styles including black and gray, realism, pin-up, cover-up and Asian, among others.   The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges.  Also this season, the Human Canvases will have their 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, expect to witness heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend their new ink and protect their artist.

In the season opener the artists are literally put behind bars the moment they arrive when they must create a prison-style, single-needle fine line tattoo on actual convict Canvases in a prison cell.  The artists are further challenged during the Elimination Tattoo to perform a cover-up tattoo on their human ex-con, looking for redemption and a new life “on the outside.”

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

  •  E.S.  – Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos in Bridgeport, CT
  • Mystical Mike – Artist at Red Dragon in Bronx, NY
  • James Danger – Owner and artists at Skin Gallery Tattoo in Sacramento, CA
  • Kyle Dunbar – Owner and artist at Almighty Tattoo in Flint, MI
  • Jason Clay Dunn – Owner and artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA
  • Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL
  • Craig Foster – Owner and artist at Skinwerks in Carolton, GA
  • Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton – Artist at Club Tattoo Las Vegas in Henderson, NV
  • Joshua Hibbard – Artist at No Hope, No Fear Tattoo in Portland, OR
  • Jackie Jennings – Artist at Tru Blu in Philadelphia, PA
  • Ally Lee – Owner and artist at Hot Rod alley Tattoo in Santa Cruz, CA
  • Jime Litwalk – Artist at Hart & Huntington Co. and Steadfast Brand in Orlando, FL
  • Madison “Maddie la Belle” Loftis – Artist at Corrupted Arts Studio in Greensboro, NC
  • Chris May – Owner and artist at Proton Tattoo in Creston, IL
  • Frank McManus – Artist at Bryan Campbell Tattoo Studio in New Cumberland, PA
  • Richard “Made Rich” Parker – Owner and artist at Think Before You Ink in Corona, NY

Fans are encouraged to ‘like’ the official “Ink Master” Facebook page and join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #InkMaster. Biographies, photo galleries,  portfolios and videos introducing the contestants can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Ink Master” destination online, inkmaster.spike.com.  There users can also find full episodes, video clips and blog posts, which will be updated throughout the season.  Viewers can also take part in weekly voting for their favorite artist and tattoo design which will help to determine the winner of this season’s competition.  The latest in tattoo culture and show news can be found on the “Ink Master” Tumblr, Pinterest and on Instagram @spiketv.

“Ink Master” was Spike’s highest rated original series in 2012.  Season two averaged 2  million viewers and dramatically broadened the audience in its timeslot, posting a +113% increase with Men 18-49 and +161% with Persons 18-49 compared to the prior year.  In its Tuesday 10-11 PM, ET/PT “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 in all key demos and the LIVE finale was the #1 original program on all cable that day among P 18-49 and in its time slot won its time period on cable among M 18-49, M 18-34 and P 18-34.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Charlie Corwin’s Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

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

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

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“Ink Master” Season 3 – Contestant Biographies

June 5th, 2013 by faziod

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 “Ink Master” Season 3 – Contestant Biographies

(in alphabetical order)

 

E.S. – Bridgeport, CT
16 years experience
Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos (www.EStattoos.com)

Originally a graffiti muralist, E.S. credits this form of street art for teaching him how to direct his creative talents and how to stay in control of almost any situation.  Although he is based out of Forever Custom Tattoos, E.S. likes to take his talent on the road as he travels up and down the East Coast to tattoo clients.   He takes extreme pride in all of his original work and prefers his custom pieces over traditional styles which he feels are too easy and non challenging.  E.S. is predominantly known for his use of bold and hard lines, which creates a clean and timeless tattoo.

Kyle Dunbar – Flint, MI
20 years experience
Owner/ Artist at Almighty Tattoo (www.facebook.com/almightykyledunbar)

Kyle Dunbar is a self-taught tattoo artist who hasn’t built his reputation on being the nice guy.  He says that he worked at almost every tattoo shop in Genesee County, MI, his hometown, only to have been fired from every one of them because of his abrasive attitude.  Dunbar dislikes tattoo styles with strict rules and prefers to create his own world of “badass art” where he can control gravity and twist reality to his own liking.  Dunbar opened his own shop Almighty Tattoo in 2003 with his wife and has clients coming to him from all over to get inked in his signature extreme realism tattoo style.

Jason Clay Dunn – Montclair, CA
20 years experience 
Owner/Artist at Tattoo Alchemy (http://www.tattooalchemy.com and   http://www.jasonclaydunn.com)

Jason Clay Dunn is a professional fine artist and tattooist and from a very young age he always had a need to create. After a long, painstaking traditional apprenticeship at the early age of 19, Dunn set out on a journey to carve his niche in the tattoo industry.  Whether it be a work of art, or a business venture, he has found that the combination of both is what really inspires his passion for art, tattooing and life.  Dunn has always been, and still is, truly amazed by seeing colors beneath the skin.   Despite his life-long challenges with panic disorder and anxiety, Dunn has persevered to become a leading tattoo artist in the Neo-Asian styles.

Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Miami, FL
6 years experience
Self-employed tattoo artist (www.tatubaby.com)

Tatu Baby isn’t shy when it comes to her looks and admits to have used her sex appeal to her advantage, but don’t judge this book by its cover, she’s got talent to back her up.  She became interested in tattoos after getting her first ink at the age of 14.  Tatu Baby has been tattooing professionally since she was 19 and proved herself right of the gate by taking home a “best of day” trophy at a tattoo convention.  Known for her work in black and gray and photorealism, she has a true appreciation for the way the body can be used as a canvas to express yourself.   A fan favorite in last year’s competition, Tatu Baby made it all the way to the final four before being eliminated.  In a first-ever surprise twist in the season finale, viewers went online and voted Tatu Baby back for a chance to redeem herself  in Season 3.

Craig Foster – Carlton, GA
18 years experience
Owner/ Artist at Skinwerks Tattoo (www.skinwerks.com)

After being incarcerated for three years, Craig Foster knew that he needed to turn his life around.  He immediately found the art of tattooing and has made it a full time career ever since. Being one of the few black tattoo artists in his region, Foster has felt that he has something extra to prove and thrives off of being considered an underdog by his peers.  A “working class” artist, Foster prides himself in his ability to relate to his clients and to never forget a face or tattoo he has worked on. Although he is primarily a “new skool” artist, Foster knows that his talents are balanced and can handle any challenge the judges give to him.

Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton – Las Vegas, NV
16 years experience
Artist at Club Tattoo Las Vegas (http://clubtattoo.com/artists/joey-hamilton/)

During a ten year stint in the US Air Force, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton became widely exposed to tattoos and immediately fell in love with the art.  After getting out of the service, he began refining his technique in Florida before establishing himself in Sin City.  Today, Hamilton travels all around the country to promote his work and is primarily known for his realism and photo reproduction skills.  Although he may come off as arrogant, Hamilton really has a “Hollywood” laid back persona, but he is here to show that he is a fierce competitor who should not be underestimated.

James “Danger” Harvey – Sacramento, CA
8 years experience
Owner/Artist at Skin Gallery Tattoo (http://jamesdangerharvey.com)

James “Danger” Harvey has always had a passion for art. In high school it was common practice for him to turn in his math tests covered in doodles and funny character drawings.  He has always been a “Jack of all trades,” holding jobs such as junkyard puller, strip club bouncer / DJ, landscaper and carpenter. Danger was able to funnel his first love for art into tattooing and is the owner of Skin Gallery Tattoo. He dedicates all of his time and energy into art and tattooing, which he believes are one in the same and should be without boundaries.  He is not particular to any one style of tattooing and finds that his natural talent is proficient in all genres. Reflecting his middle name, Danger tends to live life on the edge as he is trained in the Israeli self-defense system, Krav Maga, an avid motorcyclist, and overall adrenaline addict.

Joshua Hibbard – Portland, OR
10 years experience
Artist at No Hope, No Fear Tattoo (www.nohopenofeartattoo.com and www.joshuahibbard.com)

It was only when he was homeless did Joshua Hibbard recognize the importance of being brash, loud, and a little cocky.  Hibbard used his art as a means of showing his personality, a way to express his pent up thoughts, and overall a way to survive. Today, he isn’t afraid to call anyone out and will constructively criticize the art work of his peers.  Hibbard believes that the tattoo industry needs to improve its professional standards because he is tired of how some “artists” make a mockery of the art. His work consistently challenges traditional pieces as Hibbard focuses on the contrast of layers and realistic color images.

Jackie “Ink Bitch” Jennings – Philadelphia, PA
11 years experience
Artist at Tru Blu (www.inkbitch.com)

Creativity has always come naturally to Jackie “Ink Bitch” Jennings.  Even at a young age, art was a way for her to express herself and she transformed that talent into a career in tattooing more than a decade ago.  Jennings doesn’t limit herself to any one tattoo style and is known for her versatility across a range of styles.  She creates custom pieces for each of her clients that are vastly different from tattoo work others do.

Ally Lee – Santa Cruz, CA
9 years experience
Owner/Artist at Hot Rod Alley Tattoo (http://hotrodalleytattoo.com/)

This heavy metal/rockabilly-listening mamma is obsessed with rebuilding old hot rods when she’s not busy tattooing in her own shop, Hot Rod Alley Tattoo.  When it comes to her tattoo work, Ally Lee is just as determined and strives to please her clients. Known for her photorealism and vibrant colored floral work, Lee is determined to show the world her expertise in all styles of tattooing.  A self-taught artist, Lee has refined her skills and transferred her love of drawing into a different medium, using a tattoo machine as a tool and skin as her canvas.

Jime Litwalk – Orlando, FL
20 years experience
Artist at Hart & Huntington Co. & Steadfast Brand (http://www.hartandhuntingtontattoo.com/
and http://www.jimelitwalk.com/)

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.  Litwalk works in Orlando at Hart and Huntington and at his private studio located at the Steadfast Brand headquarters. 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 his work has been featured on multiple TV shows including, “The Real World,” “The Life of Ryan,” and “Nitro Circus.”

Madison “Maddie la Belle” Loftis – Greensboro, NC
5 years experience
Artist at Corrupted Arts Studio (www.facebook.com/tattoosbymadison)

A true Southern belle, Madison “Maddie la Belle” Loftis uses her charm and hospitality to maintain a large following of clients.  She is a self-taught tattoo artist and learned the basics of the industry underground in South Carolina.  Maddie is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy as she is out to make sure that she gets the respect that she deserves and consistently reminds the men to not underestimate her as a competitor.  She refuses to be damsel in distress and is not afraid to tell other girls to “buck up” when things are getting tough. Maddie’s work is extremely versatile, but she is often best recognized for her portrait work and her black and grey artistry.

Chris May – DeKalb, IL
16 years experience
Owner/Artist at Proton Tattoo (http://www.protontattoo.com/)

Clients of Chris May get a one of a kind experience as they receive a tattoo from him, complete with a comedic performance.  May is a trained stand-up comedian having studied at the world famous Second City Theatre in Chicago, IL.  While he is blunt when speaking with clients, he uses humor as a way to tell them that their idea won’t work.  His style focuses on illustrative and aesthetic pieces that use clean colors and detailed lines.  May refuses to tattoo according to the “Google style,” a generic style that is pulled right off of Google images. Although he has a light hearted attitude, competitors beware because he is serious about winning.

Frank McManus – New Cumberland, PA
6 years experience
Artist at Bryan Campbell Tattoo Studio (www.frankmcmanus.com)

Although he is still fairly new to the industry, Frank McManus is ready to prove that he can surpass tattoo veterans. McManus believes that it does not matter how many years you have been in the business, if you want it bad enough you will work for it. Outspoken and confident, McManus embraces his standoff-ish persona. He focuses on American tradition pieces and often uses bright and vibrant colors to highlight his work.

Richard “Made Rich” Parker -Queens, NY
5.5 years experience
Owner/Artist at Think Before You Ink (www.thinkbeforeyouink.comand www.maderichtattoos.com)

After he hung his football cleats up and graduated from Wagner College with a BA in Fine Arts, Made Rich worked in two different shops before opening “Think Before You Ink” in Long Island City, NY.  Competitive by nature, Made Rich was a long time athlete before taking his talent from the playing field to the tattoo machine. His competitiveness has helped him strive to better himself daily. Dark shadowing and shading are his specialties and argues that he can tattoo any style or genre with ease.  He rarely puts anyone before himself and will eliminate anyone who stands in the way of his progress and winning the competition.

“Mystical” Mike Paterek – Bronx, New York
8 years experience
Artist at Red Dragon Tattoo (http://wwww.reddragontat.com and http://www.injectintelligence.com)

After working his way up from the street shops on 6th Avenue in the West Village of New York City, Mystical Mike believes that he has possesses the talent to raise industry standards. Recognized for his detail saturated illustrations, he derives the majority of his inspiration from comic book superheroes. An intellectual with a passion for satire, Mystical Mike strives for excellence with his art; conveying his own unique interpretation with each and every client.

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Steve Tefft Named Season 2 Winner of “Ink Master”

December 19th, 2012 by faziod

 STEVE TEFFT NAMED SEASON 2  WINNER OF “INK MASTER”

IN LIVE SERIES FINALE

 

Season 2 Wins $100,000, Feature in Inked Magazine &

Bragging Rights Title of ‘Ink Master’

 

New York, NY, December 19, 2012 – In a live finale that was filled with both controversy and surprises, Steve Tefft was named the winner of season 2 of “Ink Master.”   Teft 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 a first-ever series twist during the live telecast, viewers went online and voted one artist, Tatu Baby, back for a second chance which will put them into competition for “Ink Master” season 3 airing next year.

Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out in permanent ink each week, competing in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’  The challenges focused on different tattooing techniques and styles.  The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge the contestants faced a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges including tattoo legends Forrest Cavacco, Freddy Negrette, Mike Rubendahl, Richard Stell and Bob Tyrell.   Each individual artist’s work was critiqued and each week at least one contestant was sent home.

The final three contestants: Sarah Miller, owner and tattoo artist at Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA, Sebastian Murphy, tattoo artist at Detroit Ink in Mt. Clemens, MI and Steve Tefft, owner and artist at 12 Tattoos in Groton, CT were each assigned their own master canvas.   They were sent back to their home bases to complete a 24-hour tattoo, where they had four, six-hour sessions with their master canvas to create a tattoo design that was completely left up to the discretion of each artist.

In last night’s finale Miller, Murphy and Tefft revealed their master canvases to the judges and America.   Murphy was eliminated from the competition after receiving the lowest number of votes based on season-long online fan voting.  In a surprise twist, season 2 contestant Tatu Baby was voted by viewers to get a second chance at the “Ink Master” title, by awarding them a spot in the Season 3 competition.

In the end, it came down to Miller and Tefft with the judges in a close call, ultimately naming Tefft the season 2 winner of “Ink Master.”

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series.  Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.”  Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master.”

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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“Big Easy Justice” Returns With Eight New Episodes Starting 7/23

July 9th, 2012 by faziod

“BIG EASY JUSTICE” RETURNS TO SPIKE TV WITH EIGHT BRAND

NEW EPISODES STARTING MONDAY, JULY 23

Tat-2 Gets Ready To Hit The Streets Of New Orleans Again With Weekly Back-To-Back Episodes 

New York, NY, July 9, 2012 – In New Orleans, he is the top dog of bounty hunters.  Spike TV’s unscripted original series “Big Easy Justice” centers on the gritty underworld of post-Katrina New Orleans and follows legendary bounty hunter Tat-2 as he hunts down some of the city’s most elusive criminals and brings them back to justice.  “Big Easy Justice” returns to Spike for eight brand new half-hour episodes starting Monday, July 23, with back-to-back episodes at 11:00 and 11:30 PM, ET/PT.

With the support of local law enforcement and deep knowledge of the streets as a New Orleans native, Tat-2 (real name is Gene Thacker) has a single mission, to keep his city safe by keeping the bad guys off the street.  A military veteran as well as a former police officer from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana, Tat-2 shows no fear on the job and utilizes any means, either physical or psychological, to apprehend his prey.  Over his 12 year bounty hunting career, he’s brought back more than 10,000 fugitives to jail, whose crimes range from armed robbery, murder, drug possession, domestic abuse and assault, among other crimes.

As a bounty hunter, otherwise known as bail enforcement agent, Tat-2’s job is to track down and bring back fugitives who fail to honor their obligations of bond with the court system.  The series chronicles Tat-2 and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team consisting of his right-hand man Viper, tech-savvy Wally and newbie agent Arsenio. Spike TV follows them as they kick down doors, go on stakeouts and put their lives directly in the line of fire as they track down criminals and bring them back to justice.  The hours are long and grueling and the work is extremely tough, but Tat-2 and his teams are what hardened criminals fear most in The Big Easy.

Viewers can join in the conversation about “Big Easy Justice” by following @SPIKE_TV on Twitter and using #BigEasyJustice. Biographies, photo galleries, Q&A videos with Tat-2 and his Elite Fugitive Recovery Team and more can be found on Spike.com’s dedicated “Big Easy Justice” destination, bigeasyjustice.spike.com. Content will be updated regularly throughout the season to the site, including full episodes, video clips and blog posts.

“Big Easy Justice” is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fields of Nuyorican Productions, Al Roker of Al Roker Entertainment in association with C. Russell Muth of CRM Entertainment as well as Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick and Zachary Werner of Bodega Pictures.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming. Tim Duffy and Alex Eastburg serve as the network’s Executives in Charge of Production.

About Nuyorican Productions:

Nuyorican Productions is the Los Angeles-based film, television, and New Media division of Jennifer Lopez Enterprises. Founded by Lopez and her business partner Simon Fields, Nuyorican is behind the ultra-successful talent search show “Q Viva!” and additional unscripted fare including “South Beach Tow.”  This fall, Nuyorican will begin production on am adaptation of “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego” and is developing a remake of “Overboard.”  Additionally, Nuyorican has formed a partnership with AOL and Believe Entertainment to bring the Tiger Beat brand into the new media realm, as an entertainment news and lifestyle show for teens, which will launch spring 2012.

About Al Roker Entertainment:

Formed in 1994, Al Roker Entertainment, Inc. (ARE) is a thriving multimedia company based in NYC involved in the development and production of projects for network, cable, and digital platforms.  Al Roker is CEO.  ARE produces programming for a diverse clientele.  For more information, visit www.alrokerentertainment.com.

About Bodega Pictures:

Bodega Pictures is a Los Angeles based production company run by Executive Producers Joshua Ackerman, Benjamin Nurick, and Zachary Werner specializing in alternative TV, documentary and scripted material. Currently Bodega is in production on the second season of the hit show ‘South Beach Tow’ and other TV credits include ‘The Making of a Game Show.’  In addition to their television and film work, Bodega has produced commercials, promos and viral video content for companies like Target, Grey Advertising, Oribe Hair Care, GCI Health, Fox Sports, NBC, and Bravo.  For more information visit www.bodegapictures.com

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

Gina Salese                  Rubenstein (ARE)   212-843-9334            gsalese@rubenstein.com