Bellator MMA Press Release – Bellator MMA Announces Light Heavyweight Tournament Semi Final Match Ups for ‘Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1′

August 28th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

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BELLATOR MMA ANNOUNCES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT SEMI FINAL MATCH UPS FOR ‘BELLATOR MMA: DYNAMITE 1’

MUHAMMED ‘KING MO’ LAWAL TAKES ON LINTON VASSELL & PHIL DAVIS MATCHES UP AGAINST EMANUEL NEWTON

 

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“Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1” – Saturday, September 19 – SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.

 

Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Tito Ortiz (18-11) vs. © Liam McGeary (10-0)

Glory Vacant Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Saulo Cavalari (31-2) vs. Zack Mwekassa (13-2)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Phil Davis (13-3) vs. Emanuel Newton (25-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Fight: Linton Vassell (15-4-1) vs. Muhammed Lawal (15-4, 1 NC)

Glory Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA/20-3 Kickboxing) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (24-13/1-2 Kickboxing)

Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight:  Josh Thomson (20-8) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (18-8-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Bout: Francis Carmont (23-10) vs. Philipe Lins (9-1)

 

*Fight card subject to change

 

About Bellator MMA

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike TV, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About GLORY:
Founded in 2012, GLORY is owned and operated by GLORY Sports International (GSI), a professional martial arts organization and television content provider that maintains offices in New York, Denver, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore. GLORY programming is seen in over 170 territories. GLORY kickboxing rules are comprised of a mix of several combat disciplines including Karate, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do and traditional Boxing. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @GLORY_WS, and visit us online at gloryworldseries.com.

About Spike:

Spike 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’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’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.

About SAP Center in San Jose

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California.  Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike.  SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League as well as the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League.  For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at www.sapcenter.com.

Jillian Michaels Starts the Search for America’s Next Fitness Obsession on October 20 with Spike’s “Sweat Inc.”

August 27th, 2015 by SPIKE Press

WHAT WILL BE AMERICA’S NEXT GREAT FITNESS OBSESSION? 

JILLIAN MICHAELS STARTS THE SEARCH ON OCTOBER 20 WITH SPIKE’S “SWEAT INC.”

 

Randy Hetrick and Obi Obadike Co-Judge New Series Featuring Aspiring Fitness Entrepreneurs Competing for A Cash Prize, and the Opportunity to Launch Their Brand at Multiple Retro Fitness Locations Across the Country

 

New York, NY, August 27, 2015 - Over the last decade, a rising health consciousness has led 30,000 fitness clubs to open across the country, serving more than 58 million members annually.  Valued at well over 20 billion dollars, the exercise industry is always on the lookout for the next big idea to continue its rapid growth. With that in mind, on Tuesday, October 20 at 10/9c, Spike debuts “Sweat Inc.,” an unscripted competition series hosted and judged by acclaimed health and wellness expert, Jillian Michaels. “Sweat Inc.” sets out to find America’s next big fitness phenomenon and help turn it into an exercise craze.  The winner of the competition will receive $100,000, the opportunity to develop their brand and launch their program at multiple Retro Fitness locations across the country, as well as a feature in Women’s Health Magazine.

Before Soul Cycle®, Zumba®, and Crossfit® were household names, they were one of many workout philosophies waiting to sweep the nation. Michaels and her co-judges will meet aspiring entrepreneurs from across the country, and utilize their keen business sense and vast fitness- industry knowledge to find an undiscovered workout poised to be the next innovative exercise program. Twenty-seven ambitious contestants will be put through their paces, and will have to demonstrate that their idea has what it takes to become a mainstream success.

Each episode focuses on a specific fitness category (circuit training, interval training, platform devices, etc.), and highlights three entrepreneurs as they compete to win a spot in the season finale. Every week, the three judges will select one winner from a particular fitness category to advance to the finale. Throughout “Sweat Inc.” the entrepreneurs will be judged on their initial idea for an innovative exercise program, the progress of control subjects training in their particular program, the popularity of their program among gym goers, and the development of their initial pitch throughout the entire process. After 10 weeks on “Sweat Inc.,” the winning entrepreneur will have demonstrated the highest level of business savvy and innovation, and have a complete workout movement ready for the masses.

Joining Michaels on the “Sweat Inc.” judges’ panel are fitness industry experts Randy Hetrick and Obi Obadike. Hetrick is the creator of Suspension Training® – the innovative approach to physical conditioning that has become a global fitness phenomenon – and is the founder of TRX, the global leaders in functional training. Hetrick’s unique accomplishments include being a collegiate athlete, a 14-year Navy SEAL Officer, bootstrap entrepreneur, multi-patented inventor, and CEO of a company that’s earned multiple placements on the rosters of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies and Outside Magazine Best Places to Work. Obadike is a nationally recognized celebrity fitness expert, trainer and one of the top 10 most influential fitness authorities on the internet. As a Division I collegiate track athlete at Cal State Fullerton, Obadike held school records in 100 and 200 meters and 400 relay events for several years and was a Co-Athlete of the Year. An official spokesperson for OWNZONES and host of “Workout with Obi”, Obadike has also maintained a visible presence in the industry gracing more than 50 fitness magazine covers and publishing 100+ articles in fitness magazines. Additionally, Obadike was recently named Writer of the Year for Bodybuilding.com.

In addition to the “Sweat Inc.” experts, celebrity fitness judges will join the panel throughout the season to lend their specific expertise to select fitness categories. Guest judges include Tito Ortiz (Bellator MMA), Lolo Jones (US Olympian), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood Live) and Terrell “T.O.” Owens (NFL legend).  Also, the series finale culminates with additional experts from the health and fitness industry to weigh in on the final entrepreneurs’ programs.  Final judging authorities like Beto Perez (Creator of Zumba), Alberto Perlman (Co-Founder of Zumba), Kelly Starrett (Founder of San Francisco CrossFit), and Amy Keller Laird (Editor in Chief at Women’s Health) will add their valued opinions to our “Sweat Inc.” judges’ assessments.

Throughout the season fans can watch full episodes on Spike.com or the Spike app, and are encouraged to take part in the conversation by using #SweatInc on Twitter.  Viewers can find out more about each entrepreneur and judge, including videos and photo galleries at sweatinc.spike.com.  Find Spike on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for the latest in series news and content releases.

“Sweat Inc.” is a 10-episode, one-hour series created and produced by 3 Ball Entertainment (“Extreme Weight Loss,” “Bar Rescue”) with Todd A. Nelson, JD Roth, DJ Nurre, Brant Pinvidic and Jill Goslicky serving as Executive Producers.  Jillian Michaels and Giancarlo Chersich from Empowered Media also serve as Executive Producers.  Sharon Levy is Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Series for Spike TV, and Hayley Lozitsky, Vice President of Original Series serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

 

About Empowered Media

Empowered Media Empowered Media, LLC operates the Jillian Michaels wellness brand. Co-founded by Jillian Michaels and her business partner, Giancarlo Chersich, the company operates as life architects whose sole mission is to inspire individuals to empower themselves to seek healthier, active lives. The products marketed are part of the total life solution platform created by the Jillian Michaels philosophy. America’s premier health and wellness coach, Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and popular television personality. Michaels is also a passionate advocate, fighting to invoke important changes in all aspects of health and wellness. Michaels’ newest book, SLIM FOR LIFE: MY INSIDER SECRETS TO SIMPLE, FAST, AND LASTING WEIGHT LOSS is available now wherever books are sold. For more information about Jillian Michaels, please visit jillianmichaels.com.

About Retro Fitness

Founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Eric Casaburi, Retro Fitness has evolved from a regional Northeast gym concept into a national fitness system with more than 135 gyms open in 16 states. Under Casaburi’s leadership, Retro Fitness is expanding its footprint with more than 100 gyms in its development pipeline and plans to open 200 gyms in the next two years in new, major markets, such as Florida, Illinois, California, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each Retro Fitness location is equipped with a full-service fitness center, including 60-100 pieces of equipment supplied by leading manufacturers. The burgeoning franchise has placed in the top 300 of Entrepreneur’s magazine’s prestigious Franchise 500 list for five consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.retrofitness.com, and to learn more about franchise opportunities visit www.retrofranchising.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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Press Contact:

Shana Tepper              Spike TV                     310-407-4728              shana.tepper@spike.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spike TV Inks Season Seven of “Ink Master” And Creates Spin-Off Series “Ink Master: Redemption”

May 27th, 2015 by faziod

Spike TV Inks Season Seven of “Ink Master” And

Creates Spin-Off Series “Ink Master: Redemption”

“Ink Master’s” 16-Episode Seventh Season to Air Spring 2016

“Ink Master: Redemption” Premieres In September with Six Half-Hour Episodes

New York, NY, May 27, 2015 – Coming off its most-watched season to date, Spike TV has picked up a seventh season of “Ink Master,” the network’s hit, original tattoo-competition series. Season seven will feature 16 one-hour episodes, slated to debut in spring 2016. In addition, the network has announced a spin-off series, “Ink Master: Redemption,” which offers disgruntled former human canvases of “Ink Master” a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The announcement was made by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV.

The network will launch the newest installment of “Ink Master” – season six – on Tuesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.

In “Ink Master: Redemption,” human canvases from previous “Ink Master” seasons, who left unhappy with their tattoos, return to the shop for a chance at new ink. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, will debut in September.

Season 5 of “Ink Master,” which delivered an average 2.2 million viewers, was the show’s highest-rated season among Adults and Women 18-49. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, the series ranked in the top five among Persons 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, and is currently one of Spike’s most gender-balanced programs. “Ink Master” generated 11.8 million total cross platform video views during the season, and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

“With Americans spending more than $1Billion annually on tattoos, ‘Ink Master’ has definitely hit a chord with viewers and has continued to grow as one of our most gender-balanced original series,” said Senior. “The show’s viewers are not only fans of the amazing artwork displayed, they are also invested in the human canvases and what happens when a client leaves unhappy with their tattoo. We have created ‘Ink Master: Redemption’ to help answer those questions.”

Each week, “Ink Master” puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as 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. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime – but so will their mistakes. The series is hosted by Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), and the series judges are world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

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

About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Ink Master,” “Comic Book Men” and “The Pool Master.” Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

About Spike TV:

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

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Contact:

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

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

 

It’s Best To ‘Know Your Enemy’ On The New Season Of “Ink Master”

April 28th, 2015 by faziod

IT’S BEST TO ‘KNOW YOUR ENEMY’ ON THE NEW SEASON OF “INK MASTER”

STARTING TUESDAY, JUNE 23 AT 10 PM, ET/PT

Season Six Pits Masters vs. Apprentices In Their Quest To Win
$100,000, Editorial Feature In Inked Magazine &
Title Of ‘Ink Master’

New York, NY, April 28, 2015 – Spike TV’s hit original reality-competition series “Ink Master” returns for a sixth season starting Tuesday, June 23 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time it’s best to  ‘know your enemy.’  Eighteen tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’  This season it’s not just about the rivalries the artists create during the competition, each contestant comes with their own personal tattoo rival – their master or apprentice.

Each week “Ink Master” puts artists 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 American traditional, Japanese, trash polka, anatomical and Victorian, 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 stars including Avan Jogia (“Tut”), Khaseem Greene (Chicago Bears), Tony Jefferson (Arizona Cardinals), Keith Pough (Cleveland Browns), Allen Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Darius Slay (Detroit Lions) and Kamerion Wimbley (Tennessee Titans).

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the “Ink Master” contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home.  The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination.  In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

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

  • Chris Blinston (@ChrisBlinston) – Owner/artist at No Hard Feelings in Coral Springs, FL
  • Miami Burgess (@miami_burgess) – Artist at Skin Werks in Carrollton, GA
  • Erik Campbell (@erikcampbelltat) – Owner/artist at Black Pearl Tattoo in Grand Junction, CO
  • Big Ceeze (@biggceeze) – Owner/artist at Mi Familia Tattoo in Anaheim, CA
  • Dave Clarke (@daveclarkestach) – Artist at Sacred-X-Pression in Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Duffy Fortner (@duffyfortner) – Artist at Red Octopus Tattoos in Prince Frederick, MD
  • Craig Foster (@skinwerks) – Owner at Skinwerks Tattoo in Carrollton, GA
  • Ryan Hadley (@ryanhadleyink) – Owner/artist at Ryan Hadley Studio in Fort Wayne, IN
  • Kito (@TattooKIto) — Owner/artist at Fidolo Tattoo in Tulsa, OK
  • Kruseman (@davekruseman) – Owner at Oldeline Tattoo in Hagerstown, MD
  • Marisa LaRen (@marisalaren) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Marq (@saintmarqtattoo) – Owner/artist at New Breed in West Lafayette, IN
  • Katie McGowan (@TattoosbyKatie) – Artist at Black Cobra Tattoo in Sherwood, AR
  • MV (@tat2bymat) – Owner/artist at Blue Panda Tattoo in El Paso, TX
  • Earl Noble (@theearlnoble) – Artist at Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery in Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Tyler Nolan (@_tylernolan) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Matt O’Baugh (@mattobaugh) – Owner at Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood, AR
  • Brian Stephens (@tat2bybry) –Artist at Dapper Ink Tatttoo in El Paso, TX

Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and artist introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com.  Throughout the season fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster.  The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official “Ink Master” Facebook page, on Twitter @spikeinkmasterTumblr and on Instagram @spikeinkmaster.
Last season was the most watched season of “Ink Master” to date, as well as the highest-rated among Adult and Women 18-49.   In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 among Persons 18-49 Men 18-49 and Men 18-34 and is currently one of Spike’s most gender-balanced programs.  The series generated 11.8 million total Cross Platform Video Views during the season and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival”) with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.
About Original Media:

Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include “Swamp People,” “Dual Survival,” “Inkmaster,” “Comic Book Men” and “The Pool Master.” Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films “The Squid and the Whale” and “Half Nelson.”

About Spike TV:

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

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Interviews with cast & judges available upon request.

Contact:

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

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

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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Contact:

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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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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Contact: 

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

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