I’m one of many people out there who are absolutely fascinated by tattoos and the craft that goes alongside the creation of unique body art. There’s a little show that caught my eye called Ink Master which kicks off on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) on Tuesday 8th May 2012.
Ink Master is the first-ever tattoo competition reality series and it features ten of the US’s top tattoo artists battling it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in legendary tattoo magazine Inked and the indelible title of “Ink Master”.
Ink Master premieres on Tuesday 8 May 2012 at 21:00 CAT and will feature a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). Other top names involved in the show include acclaimed artists Scott Campbell and Jack Rudy, Inked magazine creative director Todd Weinberger and celebrity tattoo aficionados NBA player Chris Andersen and Ton Jones (“Auction Hunters”).
Ink Master contestants will compete in various tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on command. Challenges focus on different tattooing techniques, such as shading, line and proportion, and styles including photorealism, Tribal, American traditional, and pin-up.
Featured tattoo artists in Ink Master Season One are (listed in alphabetical order):
Al Fliction, 42 – Owner and artist at Bklyn Ink in Brooklyn, NY.
Jeremy Miller, 27 – Owner and artist at Pigment Dermographics and Fine Art in Austin, TX.
Tommy Helm, 38 – Owner and artist at Empire State Studio, Oceanside, NY.
Shane O’Neill, 39 – Owner and artist at Shane O’Neill Tattoo shops in Middleton, DE and Willow Grove, PA
Brian ‘B-TAT’ Robinson – Owner and artist at Moving Ink based out of Essex County, NJ.
Heather Sinn, 41 – Co-owner and artist of The Tattoo Room in Simi Valley, CA,
James Vaughn, 38 – Owner and artist at Straight A Tattoo in Asheboro, NC.
Bili Vegas, 29 – Owner and artist at Sacred Tattoo in New York, NY
Lea Vendetta, 40 – Artist at A Stroke of Genius Tattoos in Boca Raton, Fl.
Josh Woods, 30 – Owner and artist at Black 13 Tattoo in Nashville, TN.