Taking tattoo competition to new heights, Oxygen Media returns its fan favorite reality series “Best Ink” for season two on Wednesday, April 3, at 10 PM ET/PT. Fall Out Boy bassist, musician and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz will host the 10-episode series that lays bare the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattoo artistry. With nothing but their needles, ink, and passion, twelve of the best tattoo artists from around the country will compete for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. World-renowned tattoo artist Joe Capobianco returns as the head judge and takes on the role of mentor, alongside international pinup model and tattoo removal shop owner Sabina Kelley and a new judge, distinguished pinup and portrait tattoo specialist Hannah Aitchison. Throughout the season, an array of celebrities and artists will guest judge the competition, including singer and actor Ray J (@RayJ), Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy (@TravieMcCoy), designers Angela Simmons (@AngelaSimmons) and Vanessa Simmons (@NessaSimmons), legendary urban artist Justin Bua (@JustinBUA), and tattoo artist Miya Bailey (@MiyaBailey). For more information, visit www.oxygen.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR.
“Best Ink” is raising the bar this season with big monetary prizes and various incentives for the winner of the “Flash Challenge,” including a highly coveted, game-changing advantage in the “Ink Challenge.” During the “Ink Challenge,” each artist will produce bona fide masterpieces on skin — a permanence rarely seen in the reality competition world. Challenges include a “Blood Puddin Challenge,” in which the artists must design a darker style of tattoo that turns the classic pin-up on its head. The artists take on cutting edge tattooing styles including animated tattoos, and a “You Can’t See Me Challenge” that tasks the artists to design a tattoo in which portions of the piece cannot be seen with the naked eye.
On the season two premiere, legendary urban artist Justin Bua judges the “Flash Challenge,” in which the artists are tasked with spray-painting an L.A. billboard–while hanging six stories in the air! Then one artist’s work could cost him or her everything during the “Ink Challenge” as the contestants create a “street”-style tattoo that tells the story of how their skins (clients) overcame some tough battles in life.
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