An estimated 40 million Americans have at least one tattoo. So who is the country's preeminent tattoo artist? Ink Master is the first-ever tattoo competition series featuring some of the nation's top tattoo artists on a quest to determine who is the best at their craft and win a huge cash prize. The stakes are high as the artists showcase their irrevocable artwork on real people's bodies. The dramatic tension is ever-present as the artists will ultimately face the opinion of the living canvas who now bears a permanent souvenir of the Ink Master etched into his or her skin.
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This season, titled Ink Master: Turf War, contestants from four different regions of the country – East, West, South and Midwest will represent their "turf" in the competition to be the next Ink Master. Host Dave Navarro and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez and Oliver Peck return to the judges table for what is sure to be an electrifying season
Battle of the Sexes Finale 12x16
Seven veteran artists battle it out in the "Clash of the Coaches Face Off"; the battle of the sexes comes to an end as the three finalists reveal their 35-hour Master Canvas tattoos and one artist wins the title of Ink Master.
Step Up Or Shut Up 12x15
The last four artists remaining battle it out in a tattoo marathon to secure their spot in the season final.
Unfriendly Fire 12x14
The final five artists are tasked with creating murals using paintball guns, then must work across disciplines in a traditional illustrative portrait elimination challenge.
Moving Pictures 12x13
The artists are on their own in a test of finesse as the six remaining competitors fight for the cash prize and the title of Ink Master.
Put Your Ink Where Your Mouth Is 12x12
The competition tests the artists' ability to market themselves when the power is in the hands of the canvases.
Roll Of The Dice 12x11
The Artists find themselves in a dicey situation with confrontational coaches Josh Payne and Nikki Simpson.
By Accident Or By Design 12x10
The battle continues as the judges test the artist's adaptability.
Drawing Alliances 12x09
The teams are out of balance as the artists cross enemy battle lines to pick secret alliances; a freehand drawing challenge tests the competitors' artistic ability.
Pins & No Needles 12x08
The judges test the artists' understanding of color theory; two coaches take the artists to school; the battle intensifies.
The Artists must prove their strength by facing off against each other with head-to-head tattoos. The battle continues for $100K and the title of Ink Master.