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The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master' 

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Updated April 15, 2020 460 votes 203 voters 25.8k views 13 items

List Rules Vote up the best seasons of Ink Master.

For this poll we're ranking the best seasons of Ink Master, with the help of your votes. Debuting on Spike in 2012, this reality competition show about tattooing is still airing new episodes today. Ink Master pits skilled tattoo artists against each other in weekly competitions, with their work being judged by other legendary tattoo masters, meaning Ink Master winners need to display some serious talent. It's hard to argue that Ink Master isn't an amazing show with awesome tattoo designs, but which season is your favorite? Whether you liked the earlier seasons or the most recent one, vote up your top Ink Master seasons and downvote any that you felt were a little dry.

If you haven't seen the new season of Ink Master, please be aware that there are spoilers below.

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Ink Master - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master'
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The fourth season of Ink Master premiered on February 25, 2014 and contains 13 episodes. This season presents such challenges as tattooing bugs and doing zombie-themed tattoos.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Tatt Ganged," "Artist Slaughter," and "Ink Master Explosion." 

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • One artist goes to the emergency room.
  • One human canvas passes out during a session.
  • One artist is accused of plagiarism.

Winner: Scott Marshall

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Ink Master - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master'
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The third season of Ink Master premiered on July 16, 2013 and contains 13 episodes. This season presents such challenges as artists assembling their own tattoo machines and a Day of the Dead theme.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Tattoos and Lace," "Animal Instinct," and "Eyes of the Beholder."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Dave Navarro making himself a human canvas.
  • Artists tattoo each other.
  • The challenge to cover scars.

Winner: Joey Hamilton

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Ink Master - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master'
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Ink Master - Season 8

The eighth season of Ink Master premiered on August 23, 2016 and contains 16 episodes. This season presents such challenges as a tattoo marathon, tattooing armor, and creating tattoos from viewer assignments.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Sparks Fly," "Bent Out of Shape," and "No One is Safe."

Memorable moments from Season 8 include:

  • Sketchylawyer walks out.
  • The artists create tattoos to cover up old scars.
  • The teams tattoo the palms of the hand.

Winner: Ryan Ashley Malarkey

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Ink Master - Season 7 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master'
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Ink Master - Season 7

The seventh season of Ink Master premiered on March 1, 2016 and contains 13 episodes. This season presents such challenges as creating shadows, tattooing fingerprints, and forehead designs.

This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Sink or Soar," "Turning the Tables," and "Revenge Live."

Memorable moments from Season 7 include:

  • Returning artists join the competition.
  • The artists visit Coney Island Freak Show.
  • The artists must tattoo a black & gray portrait of a political figure.

Winner: Anthony Michaels

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