Ink Master

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 15 Seasons
  • 7.4  (4,788)

Ink Master is an American reality television show that first debuted on Spike TV in 2012. The show is centered around tattoo artists from around the country who compete against one another to win the title of Ink Master and a cash prize. Hosted by Dave Navarro, the show has run for 13 seasons and has had a variety of guest judges and contestants, including the talented Sebastian Murphy.

The format of the show is simple. Each season, a group of tattoo artists is brought together and put through a variety of challenges in which they must showcase their skills and creativity. Challenges can range from creating tattoos based on a specific style or theme to covering up old tattoos with new designs. The artists are also given the opportunity to tattoo real people, with the judges, fellow contestants, and sometimes even celebrities serving as their canvases.

Each episode follows the contestants as they prepare for the challenge and work on their tattoos. The judges, who are all established tattoo artists themselves, observe the artists as they work and offer feedback and criticism throughout the process. At the end of the challenge, the judges evaluate each tattoo and choose a winner, who receives a prize and immunity from elimination in the following episode. The losers are then given the chance to plead their case as to why they should not be eliminated, and one artist is sent home.

The ultimate goal of the show is to be crowned Ink Master. To achieve this, an artist must consistently demonstrate skill, creativity, versatility, and a strong work ethic. Each episode brings new challenges and obstacles, and the artists must constantly adapt to stay in the competition. Along the way, they also develop relationships with one another and face personal struggles and triumphs, making for a compelling and emotional viewing experience.

Sebastian Murphy made his mark on the show during season 12. A tattoo artist from Connecticut, he had already made a name for himself in the industry before joining the competition. Throughout the season, Murphy showcased his versatile and meticulous style, impressing the judges with designs that were both striking and meaningful.

In addition to his strong artistic skills, Murphy also proved himself to be a formidable competitor. He consistently performed well in the challenges and worked hard to improve his weaknesses. He also demonstrated a strong work ethic and a positive attitude, earning the respect and admiration of his fellow contestants and the judges.

Overall, Ink Master is a show that celebrates the artistry and skill involved in tattooing. It showcases the talent and passion of some of the best tattoo artists in the country and offers viewers a glimpse into the creative and competitive world of the industry. With engaging challenges, emotional moments, and talented contestants like Sebastian Murphy, Ink Master is a must-watch for anyone interested in art, competition, or tattoos.

Ink Master is a series that is currently running and has 15 seasons (213 episodes). The series first aired on January 17, 2012.

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Fifteen's Finale
10. Fifteen's Finale
December 20, 2023
It all comes down to this! The top three Artists reveal their Master Canvas tattoos and a surprise jury of Ink Master winners raise the pressure. One Artist earns $250,000 and the title of Ink Master in the epic season finale.
Instant Karma
9. Instant Karma
December 13, 2023
The top four Artists call out their fellow competitors to earn their spot in the finale, but if they dish it out, they had better be able to take it, because Karma is one tricky lady.
Competition Shattered
8. Competition Shattered
December 6, 2023
The top five Artists try not to crack under the pressure in their final Flash Challenge and a twist on portrait day puts their drawing skills to the test.
Fight Fire with Fire
7. Fight Fire with Fire
November 29, 2023
The Artists try not to lose their composure when they must paint with fire in the Flash Challenge, and a Science-themed Elimination Tattoo puts their skills under a microscope.
Saddle Up, Buttercup
6. Saddle Up, Buttercup
November 22, 2023
Loyalties are tested when the new teams must work together in the Flash Challenge, and every detail counts with western-themed Elimination Tattoos. Yellowstone actor Jefferson White joins as a Guest Judge.
Teams Transformed
5. Teams Transformed
November 15, 2023
With only eight Artists left, an unexpected Team shuffle transforms the Competition. Transforming tattoos are judged blind as the battle continues for $250,000 and the title of Ink Master.
Don't Fork It Up
4. Don't Fork It Up
November 8, 2023
The Artists must use their creativity to transform an ordinary object into an intricate sculpture in the Flash Challenge. The Artists show their true colors with hybrid beast Elimination Tattoos.
Put Me In, Coach!
3. Put Me In, Coach!
November 1, 2023
The Artists must rely on their Coaches in the Flash Challenge to design for a very special Human Canvas. There's nowhere to hide with 360 degree Elimination Tattoos testing adaptability.
Skull & Bones
2. Skull & Bones
November 1, 2023
An illuminating first Flash Challenge puts the new teams to the test. In the Elimination Tattoo, a seemingly straightforward Subject Matter forces some of the Artists out of their comfort zone. The battle heats up for the title of Ink Master.
The New Ink Class
1. The New Ink Class
November 1, 2023
15 brand new Artists enter the competition and must immediately fight for a shop. A game-changing twist shakes up the competition. The battle begins for $250,000 and the title of Ink Master.
Where to Watch Ink Master
Ink Master is available for streaming on the Spike TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ink Master on demand at Paramount Network, Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 17, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (4,788)