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"Ink Master" Season 5 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 CC Sabathia, Rob Zombie and Brandon Rios.



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.

Season 4

A new twist for Season 4 is that the winner of each week's Elimination Tattoo challenge will also get to put an artist up for elimination along with the Human Canvas jury and the series judges.

In the season opener the artists put ink-to-skin right from the get-go. There are seventeen artists standing, but only one — Kyle Dunbar who was voted back to compete in the Season 3 finale — with a guaranteed spot this season. It's a cut-throat competition for the remaining 15 spots as artists take part in a "tattoo convention" and "show your artistic style" challenges.

The "Ink Master" Season 4 contestants include David Bell, Ashley Bennett, "Gentle" Jay Blondel, Lydia Bruno, Damon Butler, Keith Diffenderfer, Kyle Dunbar, Jim Francis, Walter "Sausage" Frank, Halo, King Ruck, Matti Hixson, Bubba Irwin, Scott Marshall, Melissa Monroe, Roland Pacheco and Randy Vollink.

"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.



INK MASTER: FACTS

Network: Spike TV
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 17, 2012
Seasons: 5
Production Company: Original Media





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