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"Ink Master" is a reality tattoo competition series on Spike TV.

This time it's going to be a street fight. 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."

Each week the series puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a "Human Canvas." Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

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

The "Ink Master" Season 6 contestants include Chris Blinston, Miami Burgess, Erik Campbell, Big Ceeze, Dave Clarke, Duffy Fortner, Craig Foster, Ryan Hadley, Kito Talbert, Dave Kruseman, Marisa LaRen, St. Marq, Katie McGowan, Mat "MV" Valles, Earl Noble, Tyler Nolan, Matt O'Baugh and Brian Stephens.

"Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Charlie Corwin's Original Media, with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter as executive producers of the series. Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series with Chris Rantamaki is the network's Senior Vice President of Original Series. Kevin Bartel, the Vice President of Series Development, oversees production of "Ink Master" for Spike.


Network: Spike TV
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 17, 2012
Seasons: 7
Production Company: Original Media

"Ink Master" judges and host Spike TV Renews 'Ink Master' for Season 8 — The network has ordered 16 episodes of the reality tattoo artist competition series for next summer, while Season 7 will debut next spring and feature returning show favorite contestants. Read more...
Dave Kruseman in "Ink Master" 'Ink Master' Season 6 Winner Named — Dave Kruseman took home a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication "Inked" and the ultimate bragging rights title of "Ink Master." Read more...
Spike TV Renews 'Ink Master' for Season 7 — Season 6 of the reality tattoo artist competition series will launch on Tuesday, June 23, while spin-off series "Ink Master: Redemption" will debut this fall. Read more...

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