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The Best Seasons of 'Ink Master'

Updated April 15, 2020 1.3k votes 486 voters 46.4k views13 items

List RulesVote 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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    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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    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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    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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    The tenth season of Ink Master premiered on January 9, 2018 and contains 16 episodes. This season presents such challenges as creating art from cups, designing pixilated tattoos, and teaming-up to make octopus tattoos.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including "Pick Your Side," "Ink On the Dotted Line," and "Monkey See, Monkey Do."

    Memorable moments from Season 10 include:

    • The coaches freehand tattoos.
    • The teams work with wax.
    • The final contestants create epic chest pieces.

    Winner: Josh Payne & DJ Tambe

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