In a live finale that was both intense and thrilling, Anthony Michaels was named the winner of Ink Master
Season 7. Michaels wins a cash prize of $100,000, a feature article in the premiere tattoo publication Inked
and the ultimate bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.'
Sixteen of the top tattoo artists from around the country battled it out all season in permanent ink, in various tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, with competitors creating and executing original tattoos on "human canvases." In addition to new contestants, this season of "Ink Master" brought back eight of the series' favorite artists from previous seasons to battle it out.
Each week's challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel made up of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Núñez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
The final three contestants – Christian Buckingham, artist at Revolt Tattoo in Henderson, NV; Anthony Michaels, artist at Metro Tattoo in Tucson, AZ; and Cleen Rock One, owner and artist at Chrome Gypsy Tattoo in Las Vegas, NV – were each assigned two master canvases. They were sent back to their home bases to complete a chest-piece tattoo as well as a sleeve tattoo.
The three finalists revealed their chest pieces first which were then voted on by fans via social media, sponsored by Gildan® brand. During the finale, fans were able to vote to determine who completed this challenge the best, and the artist with the most votes earned a spot in the top two. After thousands of tweets, it was determined that Michaels had the best chest-piece tattoo of the evening, which secured his spot in the final two and awarded him $20,000 courtesy of Gildan®.
Then, for the first time in "Ink Master" history, the 13 eliminated artists formed a jury that was tasked with deliberating and selecting the second artist to move forward based on their master canvas chest piece. After a long deliberation, the eliminated artist jury voted One to join Michaels in the final two.
Once all three finalists' sleeve tattoos were revealed, the judges deliberated on the final two's master canvases. In the end, Michaels was named the season 7 winner of "Ink Master."
In addition, fans were given a first look at Season 8 of "Ink Master," which is themed "Peck vs. Núñez" and will premiere in fall of 2016.
"Ink Master" is produced for Spike by Original Media ("Swamp People," "Comic Book Men," "I Love You…But I Lied") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.
Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of "Ink Master" and Tori Socha serves as the network's Executive in Charge of Production.
Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America and is run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock. Producing hundreds of hours of programming across unscripted and scripted television, digital media and feature film, Original Media has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Hit series include "Ink Master" and "Ink Master: Redemption" for Spike, "Swamp People" for History, "Dual Survival" for Discovery, "Comic Book Men" for AMC, and "I Love You…But I Lied" for LMN. Original Media also produced the Academy Award-nominated films "The Squid and the Whale" and "Half Nelson."