Ink Masters 2 Premieres tonight on SpikeTV

Spike has more skin in the game going into season two of its highest-rated original series “Ink Master,” which returns tonight at 10 PM, ET/PT, with back-to-back one-hour episodes. This season the ante is raised, now with 16 top tattoo artists from around the country battling it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in the tattoo magazine Inked and the title of ‘Ink Master.’

Each week, the artists 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 a ‘human canvas.’ These ‘human canvases’ range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep. The challenges focus on different tattooing techniques such as contrast, adaptability, balance and dimension as well as styles including New School, photorealism, American traditional and pin-up.

After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro, renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck, and a roster of guest judges. Each individual artists’ work is critiqued and one contestant is sent home. The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

The “Ink Master” Season Two tattoo artists are:

Tray “Big Daddy” Benham –Owner of Big Daddy’s Tattoo in Radcliff, KY
Clint Cummings – Owner of Sparrows Tattoo Company in Mansfield, TX
Nick D’Angelo –Owner of The Black Pearl in Buffalo, NY
Jamie Davies – Owner of Tattooz Ink in Redding, CA
Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL
La Ron “Ron” Givens –Artist at Cat Tattoo’s Elite Studio in Addison, TX
Steven “Kay Kutta” Givens – Owner of Kutthouse Tattoos in Fayetteville, NC
Thomas “TJ” Halvorsen– Co-owner of Foolish Pride Tattoo Co. in St. Petersburg, FL
Cee Jay “Inky” Jones – Artist at Suicide Kings Tattoo Parlor in Canton, MI
Mark Matthews – Self-employed tattoo artist in San Francisco, CA
Sarah Miller – Owner of Wyld Chyld Tattoo in Pittsburgh, PA
Sebastian Murphy – Artist at Detroit Ink in Mount Clemens, MI
Jesse Smith – Owner of Loose Screw Tattoo in Richmond, VA
Little Mike – Owner of Addicted to Ink in White Plains, NY
Steven Tefft– Owner of 12 Tattoos in Groton, CT
Lalo Yunda– Artist at Sacred Tattoo in New York, NY

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