On the eve of the LIVE “Ink Master” season 5 finale later tonight, Spike TV is announcing it has picked up a sixth season of the network’s hit original tattoo-competition series.

“Ink Master,” currently delivering an average of 2.1 million viewers for Season 5, is on pace for its most-watched season in franchise history. The new season, featuring 13 one-hour episodes, goes into production early next year and will debut in the summer of 2015. Season 6 will have a special twist as mentors will square off against their apprentices.

The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV.

“Ink Master” is once again proving to be a ratings driver for the network and has improved the timeslot in Adults 18-49 by 38% and 41% in Adults 18-34. The series is 47% male, demonstrating the network’s ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

“Ink Master is indicative of the distinctive, compelling, gender-balanced original programming that features big stakes,” said Levy. “We are thrilled to once again partner with Original Media and our incredible hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez for another great season.”

Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’ Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media ( and “NY Ink”) with Charlie Corwin, Daniel Laikind and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers. Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Original Media, founded in 2002 by Charlie Corwin, has built a strong reputation for cutting-edge content and quality production. Original Media produces hundreds of hours of award-winning content across multiple media formats including Academy Award nominated feature films, reality television, scripted television and digital programming and currently produces some of the top unscripted content on television. Some of Original Media’s hit television series include “Swamp People,”, “Comic Book Men,” “Dual Survival,” “NY Ink,” “LA Ink,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Storm Chasers,” “Dual Survival” and “BBQ Pitmasters.” Original Media produced the Academy Award nominated films The Squid and the Whale and Half Nelson. The company, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of Endemol USA

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chris Rantamaki is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master” and Kevin Bartel serves as the network’s Executive in Charge of Production.

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Ink Master

In this hit tattoo competition reality series, some of the nation’s top tattoo artists battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 cash prize, an editorial feature in the preeminent tattoo magazine Inked and the title of ‘Ink Master.’

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