Kelly Doty describes her spooky, illustrative, cartoonish style work as "grim but cute" and herself as endearingly awkward yet confident. She believes that her OCD becomes a strength when tattooing, making her incredibly meticulous and detailed. After making it to the finale of Season 8, Doty is confident she has what it takes to tattoo against anyone.
Nikki Simpson, who made it to the top five during Season 8 of "Ink Master," describes herself as confident, feisty and passionate and feels nothing can get in the way of her success. She is known for illustrative realism with neotraditional influences and prides herself on the texture, depth and dimension of her work. Based out of New York, NY, Simpson is up to face off against any artists while the Angels are on the road.
Ryan Ashley Kingston, PA Owner/ Artist, The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor Twitter: @ryanashleym Instagram: @ryanashleymalarkey 6 Years' Experience Season 8 Winner
Ryan Ashley has described herself as a modern woman and artist whose success is due to hard work and sheer determination. She feels her previous fashion career has helped influence her work which includes attention to intricate detail and tiny embellishments in her romantic black and grey style. Along with tattooing, Ryan Ashley owns two oddities parlors in Pennsylvania. She may not have the decades of experience as other artists, but as the first female "Ink Master" champion, feels she's proved herself as a well-rounded competitor.
The series features four of Ink Master Season 8’s top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose – as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America’s most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the “Angels” and earn a spot on Season 10 of Ink Master.