‘Ink Master’ is a tattoo competition reality show that airs on the Paramount Network. Presented by Dave Navarro, the show features tattoo artists from various backgrounds who compete against each other in a variety of challenges that put their tattooing skills and other related artistic skills to the test.
A pretty old show, Season 1 of ‘Ink Master’ premiered on January 17, 2012, when the Paramount Network television channel was called Spike. Since then, the show has seen a whopping 11 seasons air and, in the process, it has built up a dedicated fan base. In fact, it is so popular that it has spawned two spin-off shows, titled ‘Ink Master: Redemption’ and ‘Ink Master: Angels’. Further, special episodes centred around upcoming events and holidays like Halloween are also frequently aired. As far as reception is concerned, the show enjoys a special place among tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts alike, and it has a good rating of 7.4/10 on IMDb.
Unsurprisingly, the show routinely performs well in the 18-49 years demographic category, and fans have been wanting to know about Ink Master Season 13 ever since the Season 12 finale aired. Here’s everything we know about the next season.
Ink Master Cast: Who is in it?
Being a reality show, the contestants in each season vary, and as such there is no fixed “cast” per se. That being said, the presenter and the judges of the show have remained unchanged over 12 seasons, and we can expect them to return in Season 13.
Dave Navarro, the guitarist of the rock band Jane’s Addiction, presents the reality show, while former ‘Miami Ink’ cast member Chris Nuñez and accomplished tattoo artist Oliver Peck take up the roles of the two primary judges. Apart from the two judges, the show occasionally calls in guest judges, but of course, who these guests are differ almost every time.
Ink Master Plot: What is it about?
Being a tattoo competition show, ‘Ink Master’ follows a particular format when it comes to its competition.
Apart from season finales, almost all episodes follow a preset basic format. First, contestants have to take a Flash Challenge which involves a test of their tattooing-related artistic skills such as etching, painting etc, with each week testing a different skill. The winner of the Flash Challenge is determined based on contestants’ proficiency in the skill being put to the test. Winning the Flash Challenge, of course, has its advantages as a winner not only gets to choose his/her own human canvas for the upcoming challenge, but also gets to pair up other contestants with their human canvases.
Once the Flash Challenge is completed, contestants have to take the main test, which is called the Elimination Challenge. The Elimination Challenge each week typically involves tattooing on a human canvas, and usually contestants have to make a tattoo based on a particular and prominent style of tattooing. Once contestants are paired up with their human canvases, they are given a day to discuss their assignments with their human canvases. The following day, the contestants are given four to six hours to tattoo their designs. Once this is completed, all the contestants meet the judges, who critique each design and give their verdict one by one.
Following this process, the contestants are dismissed, and later, four among them are called back. These four usually include the top two and the bottom two performers in the Elimination Challenge, but this sometimes changes based on the episode. Regardless, at the end of each episode, one winner is declared and one contestant is eliminated, thereby laying the groundwork for the next episode. Of late, contestants have been competing in teams coached by accomplished tattoo artists and former participants Cleen Rock One and Christian Buckingham.
Season finales, however, are different, and vary with each season. For instance, in the finale of Season 1, the final challenge involved a tattooing marathon of 18 hours! The finale of Season 2 was different, and consisted of the three finalists meeting with their respective canvases for four to six hours to create a final piece. The artists were free to tattoo whatever they wanted, in any style and on any part of the body, and the only restriction they had to adhere to was a time limit. The finale of Season 3, again, was different, and the finalists had to sit with their human canvases for five seven-hour sessions to create a 35-hour master canvas tattoo. In this way, every season’s finale differs and presents the finalists with fresh challenges.
By now you must be wondering what the award for all this work is. Well, ‘Ink Master’ is a show that rewards its winners generously. Not only does the winner of each season get the title of Ink Master and a place in the Inked magazine, they also get a massive cash prize of $100,000. In certain seasons, the winners were also fortunate enough to get a Dodge Challenger (Season 6) and a Dodge Charger (Season 8). So, there’s no dearth of rewards in the show.
Ink Master Season 13 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Ink Master’ Season 12 premiered on June 11, 2019, and saw its finale on September 24, 2019, with Laura Marie crowned as the winner.
As far as the next season is concerned we have good news for the fans. A few months after the end of season 11, May 7, 2019, Paramount Network announced that the show has renewed for both 12th and 13th seasons. And that’s not all. The network also announced that they are expanding its popular Ink Master franchise across platforms and a new spinoff series, Ink Master: Grudge Match.
Fans of the show will be glad to know that Ink Master is a ratings powerhouse for Paramount Network. Season 11, which concluded December last year, was the #1 reality series on ad-supported cable among Men 18-49 and a top 10 reality series among Adults 18-49. There’s also more good news. At the time of writing, the ‘Ink Master’ Season 13 was already in production. And going by past release patterns of previous seasons it is safe to assume that ‘Ink Master’ Season 13 will release sometime in May, 2020.
Ink Master Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘Ink Master’ Season 13, check out the season 12 trailer below.
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