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"Best Ink" Season 3 on Oxygen exposes viewers to the artistry of tattooing in a competition reality series showcasing this unique art form and the artists behind the living art.

Season 3

Season 3 is back with more artists, bigger challenges, and extra attitude. Returning with Fall Out Boy bassist and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz as the host, this series lays bare the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattoo artistry as 14 of the best artists from around the country compete for $100,000
"Best Ink" Season 2 host and judges
Best Ink Season 2 host and judges
and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. The judges' panel is also back with world-renowned tattoo artist Joe Capobianco, international pinup model and tattoo removal shop owner Sabina Kelley, and distinguished pinup and portrait tattoo specialist Hannah Aitchison .


"Best Ink" takes the competition to a whole new level this season with unique challenges, from wrecking a car at a demolition derby to creating visually stunning biomechanical tattoos. Season three also brings fresh new guest judges including Hannah Aitchison's brother, tattoo artist and painter Guy Aitchison, legendary special effects artist, Glenn Hetrick and surfing icon Laird Hamilton.

The Season 3 contestants include Alayna Magnan, Amy Zager, Anthony Zamora, Carey Matthews, Danny Lepore, Darnell Waine, Izzi Echo, Joseph Matisa, Karly Cleary, Lara Slater, May May Yaeger, Romeo Lacoste, Rudy Hetzer and Willy Cutlip.

Season 2

Fall Out Boy bassist, musician and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz joins the series for its sophomore season as its host. The 10-episode season lays bare the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattoo artistry. With nothing but their needles, ink, and passion, twelve of the best tattoo artists from around the country will compete for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. World-renowned tattoo artist Joe Capobianco returns as the head judge and takes on the role of mentor, alongside international pinup model and tattoo removal shop owner Sabina Kelley and a new judge, distinguished pinup and portrait tattoo specialist Hannah Aitchison. Throughout the season, an array of celebrities and artists will guest judge the competition, including singer and actor Ray J, Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy, designers Angela Simmons and Vanessa Simmons, legendary urban artist Justin Bua, and tattoo artist Miya Bailey.



The series is raising the bar this season with big monetary prizes and various incentives for the winner of the "Flash Challenge," including a highly coveted, game-changing advantage in the "Ink Challenge." During the "Ink Challenge," each artist will produce bona fide masterpieces on skin — a permanence rarely seen in the reality competition world. Challenges include a "Blood Puddin Challenge," in which the artists must design a darker style of tattoo that turns the classic pin-up on its head. The artists take on cutting edge tattooing styles including animated tattoos, and a "You Can't See Me Challenge" that tasks the artists to design a tattoo in which portions of the piece cannot be seen with the naked eye.

On the season two premiere, legendary urban artist Justin Bua judges the "Flash Challenge," in which the artists are tasked with spray-painting an L.A. billboard — while hanging six stories in the air! Then one artist's work could cost him or her everything during the "Ink Challenge" as the contestants create a "street"-style tattoo that tells the story of how their skins (clients) overcame some tough battles in life.

Season 1

Capturing the drama and culture of the tattoo scene, "Best Ink" will feature 12 top tattoo artists as they compete for a cash prize and bragging rights. These unique artists will produce bona fide masterpieces on skin — something rarely seen in the competition world. The permanent artwork will be created for, and on, real people in a variety of challenges to showcase the artists' talents. The drama continues after hours once back at home, where viewers see the artists fight to stay in the competition each week as the stakes get higher and the challenges become more difficult. Only one artist will win the ultimate prize of "Best Ink."

"Best Ink" Season 3 is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company, with Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, and Rico Martinez serving as executive producers and Erin Cristall, Rene Rainey, and Peter Woronov serving as co-executive producers.



BEST INK (OXYGEN TV SHOW): FACTS

Network: Oxygen
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 27, 2012
Seasons: 3
Production Company: Bunim-Murray Productions





Willy Cutlip in "Best Ink" 'Best Ink' Season 3 Contestants Revealed — Premiering Wednesday, December 4, the new season of the Oxygen reality series features 14 of the best tattoo artists from around the country competing for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. Read more...
"Best Ink" Season 2 host and judges Oxygen Greenlights 'Best Ink' Season 3 — Premiering later this year, the new season of the reality tattoo competition series brings back Fall Out Boy bassist, musician, and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz as its host. Read more...
Carolyn Cadaver in "Best Ink" 'Best Ink' Season 2: Meet the Contestants — Premiering Wednesday, April 3, the sophomore season of the Oxygen competition series features new host Pete Wentz and 12 tattoo artists battling for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. Read more...
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