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.
The sixth season of Ink Master premiered on June 23, 2015 and contains 16 episodes. This season presents such challenges as tattooing on fingernails and throats.
This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Problem Parts," "Predator/Prey," and "Hail Mani."
Memorable moments from Season 6 include:
- Apprentice versus mentor contest.
- Halloween special.
- One artist is found to be lying.
Winner: Dave Kruseman
The ninth season of Ink Master premiered on June 6, 2017 and contains 16 episodes. This season presents such challenges as creating ice sculptures, micro tattoos, and pin-up tattoos.
This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Pin-Up Panic Attack," "Pin-Up Panic Attack," and "Shop Wars Finale."
Memorable moments from Season 9 include:
- The shops create natural disaster tattoos.
- Classic Trilogy Tattoo's canvas passes out.
- The shops swap armpit tattoos.
Winner: Old Town Ink (Bubba Irwin & DJ Tambe)
The second season of Ink Master premiered on October 9, 2012 and contains 13 episodes. This season presents such challenges as carving guns and in-the-mouth tattooing.
This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Tattooing the Dead," "The 80 Year Old Virgin," and "Half Naked and Fully Loaded."
Memorable moments from Season 2 include:
- A canvas wants a tattoo on her genitals.
- The Star Wars special episode.
- Several contestants are criticized for their pin-up girls.
Winner: Steve Tefft
The thirteenth season of Ink Master premiered on January 7, 2020, and contains 14 episodes. This splits the contestants into teams based on their home towns and gives them creative artistic challenges beyond tattooing.
This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Battle Lines," "From Toast To Toast," and "Last Draw."
Memorable moments from Season 13 include:
- Contestants had to tattoo designs by the person they'd called out.
- Andrew feels the judgest are giving him too much criticism.
- Contestants had to show color theory using candy.
Winner: Due to the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, Ink Master and Paramount Network did not hold a finale and gave a monetary reward to the three finalists; Bob Jones, Angel Rose, and Jimmy Snaz.