Admirers of fine tattoo skills everywhere certainly have opinions on the past winners of Ink Master. The Paramount Network tattoo TV show 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!
Winner: Season 7 (2016)
Winning Tattoo: Full chest dragon tattoo
Ryan Ashley Malarkey
Winner: Season 8 (2016)
Winning Tattoo: Chest tattoo featuring a skull, racing flags, and cars
Winner: Season 12 (2019)
Winning Tattoo: A traditional Japanese back piece featuring Raijin, the Japanese god of thunder.
Winner: Season 3 (2013)
Winning Tattoo: Aquatic scene depicting partially nude mermaid
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
Josh Payne & DJ Tambe
Winner: Season 10 (2018)
Winning Tattoo: Chest tattoo featuring a snake, a dragon, and an eagle
Winner: Season 4 (2014)
Winning Tattoo: Multicolored back tattoo depicting surreal imagery including a woman, heart, and serpents
Winner: Season 2 (2012)
Winning Tattoo: Full back horror tattoo depicting a woman and a skull
Winner: Season 11 (2018)
Winning Tattoo: Multicolored back tattoo depicting a Viking-helmed icy skull wreathed in stylized flame.
Winner: Season 1 (2012)
Winning Tattoo: Japanese calf sleeve
Winner: Season 6 (2015)
Winning Tattoo: Scene of a ship framed with nature imagery such as roses and feathers
Winner: Season 5 (2014)
Winning Tattoo: Japanese-inspired cartoon of a girl riding a tiger