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The Best 'Ink Master' Winners, Ranked

List RulesVote up the best 'Ink Master' winners.

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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  • 1

    Anthony Michaels

    2,552
    950

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

  • 2

    Ryan Ashley Malarkey

    3,055
    1,161

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

  • 3

    Laura Marie

    1,197
    507

    Winner: Season 12 (2019)
    Winning Tattoo: A traditional Japanese back piece featuring Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder.

  • 4

    Joey Hamilton

    1,218
    661

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

  • 5

    Old Town Ink (Bubba Irwin & DJ Tambe)

    1,434
    800

    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 

  • 6

    Josh Payne & DJ Tambe

    1,171
    762

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

  • 7

    Scott Marshall

    974
    781

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

  • 8

    Steve Tefft

    1,000
    807

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

  • 9

    Tony Medellin

    757
    754

    Winner: Season 11 (2018)
    Winning Tattoo: Multicolored back tattoo depicting a Viking-helmed icy skull wreathed in stylized flame.

  • 10

    Shane O'Neill

    771
    843

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

  • 11

    Dave Kruseman

    523
    968

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

  • 12

    Jason Clay Dunn

    553
    1,285

    Winner: Season 5 (2014)
    Winning Tattoo: Japanese-inspired cartoon of a girl riding a tiger