Tattoos The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked  

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Admirers of fine tattoo skills everywhere certainly have opinions on the past winners of Ink Master. The Paramount Network program seeks to help talented tattoo artists nationwide gain the recognition and funding needed to bolster their careers. Contestants have shown off some seriously impressive work throughout the series, but who are the best Ink Master winners? Help decide below! 

Being a tattoo artist can be intimidating as you're responsible for drawing a permanent image on a client's body. Ink Master artists are faced with the particularly tough task of coming up with and implementing a design under tight time restrictions. Not only that, but oftentimes artists are challenged to create tattoos outside their comfort zone by trying new and unfamiliar techniques. Successful contenders have to be highly adaptable and willing to use their creativity to develop their repertoire quickly throughout the series. The winners below really rose to the occasion. From surreal designs to realistic drawings, the most popular Ink Mater winners used their unique range of talents to rise to the top spot in the competition. Browse this list of winners and vote up the best artists! 

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Anthony Michaels is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Anthony Michaels

Winner: Season 7 (2016)
Winning Tattoo: Full chest dragon tattoo 

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109 56
Ryan Ashley Malarkey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Winner: Season 8 (2016)
Winning Tattoo: Chest tattoo featuring a skull, racing flags, and cars 

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63 42
Scott Marshall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Scott Marshall

Winner: Season 4 (2014)
Winning Tattoo: Multicolored back tattoo depicting surreal imagery including a woman, heart, and serpents 

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68 48
Josh Payne & DJ Tambe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Josh Payne & DJ Tambe

Winner: Season 10 (2018)
Winning Tattoo: Chest tattoo featuring a snake, a dragon, and an eagle

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61 42
Joey Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Joey Hamilton

Winner: Season 3 (2013)
Winning Tattoo: Aquatic scene depicting partially nude mermaid

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55 40
Old Town Ink (Bubba Irwin & DJ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Old Town Ink (Bubba Irwin & DJ Tambe)

Winner: Season 9 (2017)
Winning Tattoos: One color back piece depicting a dragon and one black and gray back piece depicting a woman's face 

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Steve Tefft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Steve Tefft

Winner: Season 2 (2012)
Winning Tattoo: Full back horror tattoo depicting a woman and a skull

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36 40
Shane O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Shane O'Neill

Winner: Season 1 (2012)
Winning Tattoo: Japanese calf sleeve

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27 48
Dave Kruseman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Dave Kruseman

Winner: Season 6 (2015)
Winning Tattoo: Scene of a ship framed with nature imagery such as roses and feathers 

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Jason Clay Dunn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ink Master Winners, Ranked
Jason Clay Dunn

Winner: Season 4 (2014)
Winning Tattoo: Japanese-inspired cartoon of a girl riding a tiger