Dave Navarro's respect for the art and culture of tattooing makes him perfect for host and judge of Ink Master. With his six-string skills best described as a merger between heavy metal, psychedelia, and modern rock, Navarro is one of alternative rock's first true guitar heroes. Best known as the guitarist for Jane's Addiction, the band recently released their highly anticipated new album The Great Escape Artist.
Chris Nunez sits on the Ink Master judge's panel along with Dave Navarro and Oliver Peck. Nunez, 38, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami, FL. He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist. At 21, Nunez packed his bags for a short trip to Brazil and ended up staying for five years. He then traveled through Europe for three years, which enabled him to work with his favorite tattoo artists. The experience expanded both his artistic sense and his knowledge of tattooing. He was a star and fan favorite on the popular tattoo-reality series, "Miami Ink." Nunez is a partner in Ridgeline Empire, a strategic multiplatform content and media corporation, which operates the subsidiaries Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen and an animation studio with two animated series in development, "Hoodbrats" and "Toothians." He is also getting ready to open a new tattoo venture to be based in his hometown of Miami.
Oliver Peck, judge of Ink Master, is an artist whose whole life revolves around tattooing. He began tattooing when he was just 19 years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one of the best and well-known 'old school' American style artists. In 2008, Peck inked his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period. He is one of the most traveled tattoo artists on the circuit, tattooing all over Europe including England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Norway and in the Far East, including Japan and Thailand. Peck is co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, TX and the owner of True Tattoo located in Hollywood, CA.
This heavy metal/rockabilly-listening mamma is obsessed with rebuilding old hot rods when she's not busy tattooing in her own shop, Hot Rod Alley Tattoo. When it comes to her tattoo work, Ally Lee is just as determined and strives to please her clients. Known for her photorealism and vibrant colored floral work, Lee is determined to show the world her expertise in all styles of tattooing. A self-taught artist, Lee has refined her skills and transferred her love of drawing into a different medium, using a tattoo machine as a tool and skin as her canvas.
Clients of Chris May get a one of a kind experience as they receive a tattoo from him, complete with a comedic performance. May is a trained stand-up comedian having studied at the world famous Second City Theatre in Chicago, IL. While he is blunt when speaking with clients, he uses humor as a way to tell them that their idea won't work. His style focuses on illustrative and aesthetic pieces that use clean colors and detailed lines. May refuses to tattoo according to the "Google style," a generic style that is pulled right off of Google images. Although he has a light hearted attitude, competitors beware because he is serious about winning.
Craig Foster Carrollton, GA Owner, Skinwerks Tattoo Website: http://www.skinwerks.com Twitter: @skinwerks 20 years' experience Apprentice of Miami Burgess
A fan favorite from "Ink Master" Season 3, Foster landed himself a second shot at winning the 'Ink Master' title. A "working class" artist, Foster prides himself in his ability to relate to his clients and to never forget a face or tattoo he has worked on. Although he is primarily a new skool artist, Foster knows that his talents are balanced and can handle any challenge the judges give to him. This season, Foster goes head to head with his mentor, Miami Burgess, to prove his worthiness as an independent tattoo artist.
E.S. Las Vegas, NV/Bridgeport, CT Artist, Black Spade Tattoo/Owner, Steel Points Gallery Website: WWW.ESTATTOOS.COM Instagram: @estattoos 20 years' experience Season 3 Veteran
Since his appearance on Season 3, E.S. says he has learned many new techniques making him much more skilled than his first go-around. He is excited for a second chance to prove himself and is ready to have a good time winning.
Frank McManus New Cumberland, PA 6 years experience Artist at Bryan Campbell Tattoo Studio (www.frankmcmanus.com)
Although he is still fairly new to the industry, Frank McManus is ready to prove that he can surpass tattoo veterans. McManus believes that it does not matter how many years you have been in the business, if you want it bad enough you will work for it. Outspoken and confident, McManus embraces his standoff-ish persona. He focuses on American tradition pieces and often uses bright and vibrant colors to highlight his work.
Creativity has always come naturally to Jackie "Ink Bitch" Jennings. Even at a young age, art was a way for her to express herself and she transformed that talent into a career in tattooing more than a decade ago. Jennings doesn't limit herself to any one tattoo style and is known for her versatility across a range of styles. She creates custom pieces for each of her clients that are vastly different from tattoo work others do.
James "Danger" Harvey has always had a passion for art. In high school it was common practice for him to turn in his math tests covered in doodles and funny character drawings. He has always been a "Jack of all trades," holding jobs such as junkyard puller, strip club bouncer / DJ, landscaper and carpenter. Danger was able to funnel his first love for art into tattooing and is the owner of Skin Gallery Tattoo. He dedicates all of his time and energy into art and tattooing, which he believes are one in the same and should be without boundaries. He is not particular to any one style of tattooing and finds that his natural talent is proficient in all genres. Reflecting his middle name, Danger tends to live life on the edge as he is trained in the Israeli self-defense system, Krav Maga, an avid motorcyclist, and overall adrenaline addict.
Born with an innate passion for creation, Jason Clay Dunn completed a traditional apprenticeship by nineteen and set out to become a leading artist in the Neo-Asian style. Dunn competed on season three, tattooing through his personal battles with panic disorder and anxiety, but the shop owner fell short and ended up in sixth place. Now he's back to battle Josh Hibbard, season three's infamous instigator. Hibbard's scheming tactics and penchant for drama didn't sit well with Dunn, and their feud is sure to pick right back up this season as he clashes with Dunn's no-nonsense personality.
With over 20 years in the tattoo industry, Jime Litwalk does his best to pass on his experience and knowledge to the other competitors. His tattoo and illustration career has brought him numerous awards, magazine mentions and feature articles. While he is comfortable tattooing in almost any genre, Litwalk's passion is in his signature animated "classic new skool" style. This married father of two is a true perfectionist and is returning from season 3 and this time he has no intentions of allowing the first place title slip away.
During a ten year stint in the US Air Force, Joey "Hollywood" Hamilton became widely exposed to tattoos and immediately fell in love with the art. After getting out of the service, he began refining his technique in Florida before establishing himself in Sin City. Today, Hamilton travels all around the country to promote his work and is primarily known for his realism and photo reproduction skills. Although he may come off as arrogant, Hamilton really has a "Hollywood" laid back persona, but he is here to show that he is a fierce competitor who should not be underestimated.
Joshua Hibbard Portland, OR Artist at Inspired Tattoo Website: (www.joshuahibbard.com) Twitter: @_JoshuaHibbard 10 years' experience Rivals Match-Up: "Season Three Returners," versus Jason Clay Dunn
Formerly homeless, Joshua Hibbard believes that some tattoo artists are making a mockery of the craft that saved his life and thinks that the industry needs to improve its professional standards. He frequently criticizes others' work and in doing so creates controversy, a tactic that cemented him early on as season three's most notorious competitor. Back for another chance at the title, Hibbard is challenged by fellow season three competitor Jason Clay Dunn, who sees him as a flip-flopping instigator with a trace-and-tattoo technique that is less than legitimate. Hibbard remained in the competition just one round longer than Dunn, clinching the number five spot, and their feud is sure to pick right back up where it left off on this season.
Katherine "Tatu Baby" Flores Miami, FL 6 years experience Self-employed tattoo artist (www.tatubaby.com)
Tatu Baby isn't shy when it comes to her looks and admits to have used her sex appeal to her advantage, but don't judge this book by its cover, she's got talent to back her up. She became interested in tattoos after getting her first ink at the age of 14. Tatu Baby has been tattooing professionally since she was 19 and proved herself right of the gate by taking home a "best of day" trophy at a tattoo convention. Known for her work in black and gray and photorealism, she has a true appreciation for the way the body can be used as a canvas to express yourself. A fan favorite in last year's competition, Tatu Baby made it all the way to the final four before being eliminated. In a first-ever surprise twist in the season finale, viewers went online and voted Tatu Baby back for a chance to redeem herself in Season 3.
Kyle Dunbar is a self-taught tattoo artist who hasn't built his reputation on being the nice guy. He says that he worked at almost every tattoo shop in Genesee County, MI, his hometown, only to have been fired from every one of them because of his abrasive attitude. Dunbar dislikes tattoo styles with strict rules and prefers to create his own world of "badass art" where he can control gravity and twist reality to his own liking. Dunbar opened his own shop Almighty Tattoo in 2003 with his wife and has clients coming to him from all over to get inked in his signature extreme realism tattoo style. In last year's competition Dunbar made it all the way to the final four before being eliminated. In the season finale fans voted Kyle Dunbar and Chris May back to face off in a first-ever live tattoo challenge, that Dunbar won, earning him a chance to redeem himself in Season 4.
Made Rich says competing on Season 3 was just a warm up. He comes into this competition with a completely different mindset from his first time and says he is not going to play nice this time. As a father to a newborn son, he says he's in the competition to give his son a better life than the one he knew growing up.
A true Southern belle, Madison "Maddie la Belle" Loftis uses her charm and hospitality to maintain a large following of clients. She is a self-taught tattoo artist and learned the basics of the industry underground in South Carolina. Maddie is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy as she is out to make sure that she gets the respect that she deserves and consistently reminds the men to not underestimate her as a competitor. She refuses to be damsel in distress and is not afraid to tell other girls to "buck up" when things are getting tough. Maddie's work is extremely versatile, but she is often best recognized for her portrait work and her black and grey artistry.
Walter "Sausage" Frank isn't just a tattoo artist; he's a true entertainer whose stage is the tattoo studio. Not only has Sausage worked alongside season 3 winner, Joey "Hollywood" Hamilton, but he almost grabbed the Ink Master crown for himself during season 4. Although he didn't win the title then, he quickly won the hearts of his fans. This season he's back with a vengeance and this time intends to come back to Las Vegas with the title of "Ink Master."
After working his way up from the street shops on 6th Avenue in the West Village of New York City, Mystical Mike believes that he has possesses the talent to raise industry standards. Recognized for his detail saturated illustrations, he derives the majority of his inspiration from comic book superheroes. An intellectual with a passion for satire, Mystical Mike strives for excellence with his art; conveying his own unique interpretation with each and every client.
16 top tattoo artists from across the country will compete in extreme challenges proving their skill and grit in an epic battle for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master. Building on the success of Season 2, fan favorite and social media sensation Tatu Baby returns to compete in Season 3 after being voted back in by viewers during Season 2's Live Finale. The Twist in Season 3? Not only will Human Canvases be permanently inked, but for the first time the Canvases will Vote on one artist to put up for elimination each week! The Human Canvas voice will be heard loud and clear! Hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by tattoo icons, Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck.