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S5 • E1
Inking with the Enemy
Competing for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master, 18 rival artists are forced to ink with their enemy.
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S5 • E2
Actor Joe Manganiello joins as a guest judge in a semi-nude Flash Challenge, and rivalries flare as the artists struggle through a pinup Elimination Tattoo.
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S5 • E3
Head to Headache
Two artists receive an advantage no one in the competition has ever had, and the artists create complex ornamental-style Elimination Tattoos.
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S5 • E4
Geishas Gone Wrong
The artists head to Wall Street for a cutthroat Flash Challenge, and canvases sit for traditional Japanese geisha tattoos.
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S5 • E5
Glass on Blast
The artists team up to create artwork by sandblasting glass, and the pressure is on during an animal-style Elimination Tattoo.
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S5 • E6
Cheek to Cheek
The artists are given 12 hours to complete a glute tattoo, one artist faces a medical emergency, and things heat up when the artists must complete one another's tattoos.
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S5 • E7
Three's a Crowd
The artists must complete a tag-team American traditional tattoo, and the judges leave it up to the artists to put one of their teammates on the chopping block.
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S5 • E8
Ink My Oosik
The artists must scrimshaw a walrus oosik in the Flash Challenge, a difficult canvas jeopardizes an artist's spot in the competition, and artist Aaron Cain is a guest judge.
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S5 • E9
Canvases sit for their first tattoos, and the artists battle head-to-head to create an interlocking elimination tattoo.
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.
Aaron IsTampa, FLCo-Owner/Artist, Bloodline Tattoo16 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf," versus Emily ElegadoOriginally an artist focused on watercolor portraits, Aaron Is spent two years as a tattoo apprentice before transitioning into a full-time career in ink. Is' experience in photorealism, dotwork, and sacred geometry has landed him features in several tattoo publications, which has added to the notoriety he craves as an artist. Is enters with an enemy in Emily Elegado, the South Carolina artist he first met when doing a guest spot at her shop. The two were immediately at odds, and tensions were only made worse by the fact that Is was dating her co-worker.
AngelBrooklyn, NYOwner/Artist, Puncture Tattoo StudioTwitter: @Angel_Bauta18 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "The Brooklyn Boys," versus Cris ElementAngel is an artist and entrepreneur who focuses on many styles of color and grey wash tattoos. He believes that not specializing in one specific style distinguishes him as a well-rounded tattooist. This season, Angel finds a rival in Cris Element, the Brooklyn artist who once worked for him before quitting unexpectedly. While Element thinks he has surpassed the skills of his former mentor, Angel is furious at the lack of respect shown by Element and is determined to show him who's really the boss.
Caroline EvansBradley Beach, NJArtist, Ink Obsession15 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "The Rookie versus the Veteran," versus Julia CarlsonCaroline Evans has been a mainstay in a male-dominated industry. Besides her versatility in color and black and grey styles, Evans enjoys the challenge that a cover-up provides and has won awards for her corrections in ink. This season, Evans is challenged by newcomer Julia Carlson, a co-worker at Ink Obsession. Carlson believes that Evans is jealous of her talents and is out to prove that her experience is no match for the new kid on the block, but Evans thinks that Carlson still has a lot to learn and many years to go before she can ever reach her level of expertise.
Cleen Rock One
Cleen Rock OneLas Vegas, NVOwner/Artist, Chrome Gypsy Tattoo19 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "The Pride War," versus Tim LeesCleen Rock One was an Illinois shop owner whose neo-traditional and new school approaches to ink landed him guest spots in studios nationwide and features in several tattoo magazines. Years later, the artist and entrepreneur moved out West, opening a new studio and striving to leave a permanent mark on the Las Vegas circuit. Cleen finds competition in Tim Lees, the self-taught artist who helped him build and open his Vegas tattoo shop. The two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving Cleen's shop a month after opening. Cleen feels that Lees didn't meet his business' professional standards, but Lees is outraged and determined to avenge himself against what he sees as a bold injustice.
Cris ElementBrooklyn, NYArtist, Leathernecks and Bullseye8 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "The Brooklyn Boys," versus AngelCris Element is a self-taught tattoo artist. Element does not believe in the traditional route; he openly regards old school tattoos as "outdated" and longtime artists as arrogant. His main competitor this season is Angel, the Brooklyn shop owner who once employed him before Element severed the relationship by quitting without notice. While Angel thinks that Element's cockiness has gotten the better of him, his former employee thinks it's time he demonstrated his artistic superiority.
Don PeddicordBaltimore, MDCo-Owner/Artist, Tattoo Dynasty8 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Ink Master Fight Full Circle," versus Erik SiudaDon Peddicord is a self-made man who has learned to turn struggle into triumph, going from an unsuccessful apprenticeship to co-owning his own tattoo shop, where he specializes in neo-traditional, portraiture and realism styles. After a motorcycle accident left Peddicord severely injured, doctors estimated that he would not be able to walk again for over six months, but Peddicord persevered and proved the doctors wrong, doing so in less than three. Peddicord is challenged by Erik Siuda, the versatile New York shop owner he met during casting for season two. Neither man was able to stand the other's arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.
Emily ElegadoCharleston, SCArtist, Roses Ruins Tattoo6 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "He Disrespected Her on Her Home Turf," versus Aaron IsEmily Elegado spent three years completing a traditional tattoo apprenticeship before taking on her own clients. Other than her work in realism, Elegado considers herself infamous for having an in-your-face attitude. She enters the competition with a distaste for Aaron Is, the Tampa tattooist she first met when he did a guest spot at her shop. Elegado felt that Is had absolutely no respect for the industry, and matters were only made worse by his dating Elegado's co-worker.
Erik SiudaNorth Bellmore, NYOwner/Artist, Ghost Gallery Tattoo18 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Ink Master Fight Full Circle," versus Don PeddicordBorn and raised in Brooklyn, Erik Siuda began his career as a graffiti artist before studying at the School of Visual Arts and apprenticing in New York City. Siuda prides himself on his versatility as an artist, focusing his work on pseudo traditional, new school, realism and Japanese styles. In addition to owning his own studio, Siuda also sells custom tattoo machines that he builds himself. Siuda's rival is Don Peddicord, a Maryland shop owner that he met during casting for season two. The two didn't get along from the start, unable to stand the other's arrogance over what each perceives to be subpar work.
Jason Clay Dunn
Jason Clay DunnMontclair, CAOwner/Artist at Tattoo Alchemy20 years' experienceRivals Match-Up: "Season Three Returners," versus Joshua HibbardBorn 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.
Jayvo ScottMelbourne, FLSelf-employed tattoo artist13 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here," versus Robbie RipollAlthough he was always around his father's tattoo shop as a kid, Jayvo Scott didn't get to working with ink until he was twenty-three. Now, after learning the ropes, Scott has become the owner of the family business. Scott's main competition is a sibling rivalry with his brother, Robbie Ripoll. Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart. Scott feels he deserves Ripoll's respect and Ripoll gets territorial about the trade he's worked since childhood. The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their father, from whom they learned the tricks of the trade.
Joshua HibbardPortland, ORArtist at Inspired Tattoo10 years' experienceRivals Match-Up: "Season Three Returners," versus Jason Clay DunnFormerly 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.
Julia Carlson Browns Mills, NJ Artist, Ink Obsession 5 years' experience Rivals Match-up: "The Rookie versus the Veteran," versus Caroline Evans Julia Carlson apprenticed for six months and has been tattooing ever since with a focus in color and grey wash tattoos. Although she may appear to be small and sweet, Carlson sees herself as a tough and versatile competitor, and is setting out to gain the respect she feels she deserves in the industry. Carlson is challenged this season by Caroline Evans, veteran tattoo artist and fellow co-worker at Ink Obsession. While Evans claims that she's pushing Carlson to become the best artist possible, Carlson feels that Evans' feigned guidance is really rooted in jealousy and is tired of being targeted and disrespected by her.
LTProvidence, RIArtist, East Providence Tattoo3 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island," versus Ty'Esha ReelsLT is a tattoo artist who specializes in realism and black and gray. LT believes that he is overlooked and underrated, and covets the recognition reaped by his contemporaries. LT is challenged this season by Ty'Esha Reels, who is furious about having lost to him at a Rhode Island expo despite having twice the experience. Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry and is determined to redeem herself, but LT believes he has.
Mark LongeneckerCocoa Beach, FLOwner/Artist, Endless Summer20 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "He Wants to Be Me," versus Ryan EternalMark Longenecker is a surfer and tattoo artist whose works have been exhibited in conventions on the world stage. Specializing in vibrant colors, the studio owner's tattoos range in style from tropical to Japanese, and his artistic accomplishments have earned him what he describes as a "room full of trophies." The Florida native is challenged by Dania Beach tattoo artist Ryan Eternal, whom he feels is trying to steal his customers and fame despite having only half his experience. Longenecker is furious that Eternal is encroaching on his territory, and is determined to do whatever it takes to defend it.
Robbie RipollViera, FLOwner/Artist, Chapel of Love Tattoo18 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Absolutely No Brotherly Love Here," versus Jayvo ScottRobbie Ripoll got his start apprenticing at his father's tattoo shop at the age of twelve, and was tattooing professionally long before graduating high school. After several years of working at the family business, the new school artist opened his own studio. Ripoll's competition is his older brother, Jayvo Scott. Although they were close as kids, the two have grown apart due to jealousy. Scott's struggling to catch up to his younger brother's success and Ripoll is getting territorial about the turf he acquired long ago. The feud has gotten physical in the past, but both ultimately seek to impress their dad, from whom they both learned the art of tattooing.
Ryan Eternal Orlando, FL Artist, Hart Huntington 9 years' experience Rivals Match-up: "He Wants to Be Me," versus Mark Longenecker Ryan Eternal is a military veteran who picked up on the tattoo trade while stationed in South Korea. Originally from Stockton, one of the roughest cities in California, Eternal's dreams of a career in ink were almost ruined when a car accident left his hand severely damaged, but the new school artist has recovered and feels ready to battle for ink's ultimate title. Eternal's competition is Mark Longenecker, the Cocoa Beach Surfer and artist whom he used to idolize. Despite looking up to him in the past, Eternal is out for Longenecker's crown and his clients, establishing himself as a Florida circuit legend.
Tim LeesNational City, CAArtist, 4everUtattoo17 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "The Pride War," versus Cleen Rock OneDespite having been homeless for two years as a teen, Tim Lees persevered through his hardships and became a self-taught artist. He specializes in surrealism and portraiture, and has won many awards on the convention circuit over the past two decades. Lees has a huge score to settle with competitor Cleen Rock One, the artist whose shop he helped to build. Shortly after the studio's opening, the two had a falling out that resulted in Lees leaving the shop. Left feeling backstabbed and bitter, Lees is now out for vengeance.
Ty'Esha ReelsProvidence, RI6 years' experienceRivals Match-up: "Vying for the Top Dog in Rhode Island," versus LTTy'Esha Reels is a Native American tattoo artist who specializes in color tattoos. After realizing her love of tattoos at a young age, Reels focused all of her time on becoming a better artist. She enters this season with competition from LT, the Rhode Island native who beat her for best black and grey tattoo at an expo despite having half the experience. Reels believes that LT has yet to pay his dues in the industry, and seeks to turn embarrassment into redemption.
About Ink Master Season 5
Scores are settled, and artists face challenges unlike any they’ve ever seen. This season pits artists against their industry rivals in an all-out grudge match for the title of Ink Master.