Ink Master (season 2)

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Ink Master
Season 2
Hosted byDave Navarro
JudgesChris Núñez
Oliver Peck
No. of contestants16
WinnerSteve Tefft
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkSpike
Original releaseOctober 9 (2012-10-09) –
December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3

The second season of the tattoo reality competition Ink Master premiered on Spike on October 9 and concluded December 18, 2012 with a total of 13 episodes. The show is hosted and judged by Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, with accomplished tattoo artists Chris Núñez and Oliver Peck serving as series regular judges. The winner received a $100,000 cash prize, a feature in Inked Magazine and the title of Ink Master.

The winner of the second season of Ink Master was Steve Tefft, with Sarah Miller being the runner-up.

Contestants[edit]

Names, experience, and cities stated are at time of filming.

Contestant Years of
experience
Hometown Outcome
Steven "Steve" Tefft 17 Groton, Connecticut Winner
Sarah Miller 6 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Runner-up
Sebastian Murphy 15 Detroit, Michigan 3rd place
Katherine "Tatu Baby" Flores 6 Miami, Florida 4th place
Jesse Smith 15 Richmond, Virginia 5th place
Jamie Davies 17 Redding, California 6th place
Clint Cummings † 16 Dallas, Texas 7th place
Mark Matthews 14 San Francisco, California 8th place
Steven "Kay Kutta" Givens 3 Fayetteville, North Carolina 9th place
Lalo Yunda 20 Brooklyn, New York 10th place
Tray Benham 20 Brandenburg, Kentucky 11th place
Nick D'Angelo 4 Buffalo, New York 12th place
La Ron "Ron" Givens 7 Dallas, Texas 13th place
Mike Tacij 14 White Plains, New York 14th place
Thomas "TJ Hal" Halvorsen 7 Bronx, New York 15th place[a]
Cee Jay Jones 15 Detroit, Michigan 16th place
Notes

† Indicates that the contestant died after filming ended

  1. ^ Halvorsen withdrew from the competition due to medical reasons.

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1[a] 2 3[b] 4 5[c] 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Steve Tefft TOP2 SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN LOW HIGH BTM3 WIN TOP2 WIN Winner
Sarah Miller SAFE HIGH SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE TOP2 BTM3 SAFE BTM2 WIN ADV Runner-up
Sebastian Murphy TOP2 SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM2 ADV Eliminated
Tatu Baby SAFE SAFE BTM4 SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN BTM3 TOP2 HIGH ELIM Guest
Jesse Smith SAFE WIN LOW TOP2 TOP2 LOW SAFE SAFE WIN HIGH ELIM Guest
Jamie Davies SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE TOP2 HIGH SAFE HIGH ELIM Guest
Clint Cummings SAFE HIGH BTM4 SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE BTM3 ELIM Guest
Mark Matthews SAFE SAFE SAFE LOW BTM3 BTM2 BTM2 ELIM Guest
Kay Kutta BTM2 SAFE HIGH SAFE BTM3 LOW ELIM Guest
Lalo SAFE BTM3 LOW BTM2 SAFE ELIM Guest
Tray Benham SAFE BTM3 BTM4 SAFE ELIM Guest
Nick D'Angelo SAFE SAFE LOW ELIM Guest
Ron Givens SAFE SAFE ELIM Guest
Mike Tacij SAFE ELIM Guest
TJ Hal SAFE WD Guest
Cee Jay Jones ELIM Guest
  1. ^ Sebastian and Steve were announced as having the top 2 tattoos of the day, yet neither one of them were declared as the winner.
  2. ^ None of the contestants impressed the judges enough for them to determine a winner.
  3. ^ Tray was not present during the elimination due to medical reasons.
  The contestant won Ink Master.
  The contestant was the runner-up.
  The contestant was eliminated during the finale.
  The contestant advanced to the finale.
  The contestant won Best Tattoo of the Day.
  The contestant was among the top.
  The contestant received positive critiques.
  The contestant received negative critiques.
  The contestant was in the bottom.
  The contestant was eliminated from the competition.
  The contestant withdrew from the competition due to medical reasons.
  The contestant returned as a guest for that episode.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
91"Tattooing the Dead"October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)1.6

  • Skill of the Week: Fundamentals
  • Flash Challenge: The artists are made to believe that they will be tattooing dead bodies. However, once they enter a morgue, they quickly learn the "bodies" are silicone mannequins. They are then told that they have three hours to tattoo a snake and dagger design on a certain part of their silicone mannequin.
  • Winner: Jesse Smith
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists' first elimination tattoo has them tattooing a design of their choice on a tattoo virgin. During the Judges' talk about the top and bottom tattoos, Dave pointed out to Oliver and Chris that Cee Jay's tattoo was misspelled, and forced her to read her tattoo in front of the top and bottom contestants, resulting in her elimination, although Kay was almost chopped.
  • Top 2 Tattoos: Steve Tefft and Sebastian Murphy
  • Bottom 2: Cee Jay Jones and Kay Kutta
  • Eliminated: Cee Jay Jones
102"Semi-Nude 911"October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)0.9

  • Skill of the Week: Ingenuity
  • Flash Challenge: Each artist had three hours to camouflage a half-naked woman to blend into the side of a building using body paint. TJ suffered an injury in his previous injured back during the challenge, caused by him crouching down while trying to paint his model.
  • Winner: Kay Kutta
  • Elimination Challenge: The artists must cover up an unwanted tattoo on their canvas. Prior to the elimination tattoo, TJ announced his withdrawal from the competition in order to avoid permanent damage to his back and the fact that he is unable to quickly recover. However, although TJ withdrew, someone was still eliminated, that person being Mike.
  • Guest Judge: Terrell Suggs
  • Withdrew: TJ Hall
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Jesse Smith
  • Bottom 3: Lalo, Mike Tacij and Tray Benham
  • Eliminated: Mike Tacij
113"The 80 Year Old Virgin"October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)1.1

  • Skill of the Week: Lines
  • Flash Challenge: The artists line skills are put to the test at a barber shop, where they must shave a design on the head of a human canvas in sixty minutes.
  • Winner: Kay Kutta
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists must tattoo American traditional tattoos on special human canvases: Military veterans. The design must include an eagle and a flag. For the first time in Ink Master history, the judges declared no winner of this Elimination Tattoo as they were unimpressed with everyone's tattoo. Although all members of the bottom 4 have a reason to be justifiably sent home, in the end Ron is sent packing.
  • Guest Judge: Richard Stell
  • Bottom 4: Clint Cummings, Ron Givens, Tatu Baby and Tray Benham
Eliminated: Ron Givens
124"Tattoo Her What?"October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)1.0

  • Skill of the Week: Color
  • Flash Challenge: For the flash challenge, the remaining twelve contestants are split into two groups of six where they must tattoo a specific design in 90 minutes- the first group had to tattoo a lotus flower and water, while the second group had to tattoo a skull with a top hat. The best tattoo from each group would advance to the final round. Group 1 consisted of Clint, Jamie, Kay Kutta, Steve, Tatu Baby and Tray. Group 2 consisted of Lalo, Jesse, Mark, Nick, Sarah and Sebastian. Tray and Sarah were the top members of their respective groups and their final head-to-head battle had them tattooing a gypsy woman, which Tray wins by a landslide, as Sarah's tattoo misses the mark.
  • Winner: Tray Benham
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists are tested on new school designs, which thrills Jesse. However, Sarah wins. Nick is asked to close shop.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Sarah Miller
  • Bottom 2: Lalo and Nick D'Angelo
  • Eliminated: Nick D'Angelo
135"Trick or Freak"October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)0.6

  • Skill of the Week: Texture
  • Flash Challenge: The artists head to Coney Island for a freaky Flash Challenge where they had 30 minutes to tattoo the inside of the mouth of a human canvas.
  • Winner: Clint Cummings
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists work on horror style tattoos that have texture. After the critique, Tray revealed that he had developed blood clots after getting surgery and left his medications at home before entering the competition. He collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Dave informs Steve, Kay, and Mark that Tray has been medically cleared to come back, but he is also put up for elimination. However, due to Tray's tattoo not meeting the challenge, Tray ended up being eliminated, which resulted in Kay and Mark being safe from elimination.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Steve Tefft
  • Bottom: Kay Kutta, Mark Matthews and Tray Benham
  • Eliminated: Tray Benham
146"Half Naked and Fully Loaded"November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)0.7[1]

  • Skill of the Week: Attention to Detail
  • Flash Challenge: The artists etch a detailed design into the buttstock of a rifle. Due to his federal probation and the fact that he can't use guns after serving nine years in jail, Kay Kutta did not participate in this Flash Challenge.
  • Winner: Steve Tefft
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists had five hours to tattoo pin-up designs in any style. But before that, they had 30 minutes in a photo shoot to take pictures and use one of the pin-up model's pose as a reference in their tattoo.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Steve Tefft
  • Bottom: Mark Matthews and Lalo
  • Eliminated: Lalo
157"Star Wars Forever"November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)0.8[3]

  • Skill of the Week: Contrast
  • Flash Challenge: The artists had four hours to paint a Clone Trooper helmet with an emphasis on contrast. Dave also announced that all helmets from the flash challenge were auctioned off at Star Wars Celebration VI with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.[2]
  • Winner: Clint Cummings
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists had five hour to design Star Wars tattoos on die hard fans.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Tatu Baby
  • Bottom: Kay Kutta and Mark Matthews
  • Eliminated: Kay Kutta
168"Holy Ink"November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)0.9[4]

  • Skill of the Week: Gradiation
  • Flash Challenge: Each pair had four hours to create a collaborative design on a 7x7 scratchboard that was later viewed under a blacklight.
  • Winners: Jesse Smith & Tatu Baby
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists work in teams of two where they had five hours to create a black and gray good and evil tattoo at the same time with one tattooing good side and the other tattooing the evil side.
  • Guest Judge: Freddy Negrete
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Tatu Baby
  • Bottom: Sarah Miller, Mark Matthews and Clint Cummings
  • Eliminated: Mark Matthews
179"Buck Off"November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)1.1[5]

  • Skill of the Week: Balance
  • Flash Challenge: The artists head to Johnny Utah's where they were entertained by a mechanical bull rider. Each artist had two hours to burn a design into a cowgirl's chaps.
  • Winner: Jamie Davies
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Jesse Smith
  • Bottom": Clint Cummings, Tatu Baby and Steve Tefft
  • Eliminated: Clint Cummings
1810"Blowing Chunks"December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)1.0[6]

  • Skill of the Week: Dimension
  • Flash Challenge: The artists had three hours to design one of Dave's signature guitars.
  • Winner: Jesse Smith
  • Elimination Tattoo: The final six had to incorporate dimension in their animal tattoo.
  • Guest Judge: Forrest Cavacco
  • Guest Canvas: Jeff Hardy
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Steve Tefft
  • Bottom: Sarah Miller and Jamie Davies
  • Eliminated: Jamie Davies
1911"Better Than Words?"December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)1.1[7]

  • Skill of the Week: Precision
  • Flash Challenge: The artists had 60 minutes to tattoo a mini Jägermeister logo.
  • Winner: Steve Tefft
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists had six hours to tackle Bob Tyrell's specialty which was a painstaking portrait tattoo.
  • Guest Judge: Bob Tyrrell
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Sarah Miller
  • Bottom: Jesse Smith and Sebastian Murphy
  • Eliminated: Jesse Smith
2012"The Bigger They Are"December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)1.3[8]

  • Skill of the Week: All Skills
  • Elimination Tattoo: The final four artists attempt to race toward the finish as they had to put every skill on the line for six hours. The canvases i this Elimination Tattoo turned out to be professional athletes. The athletes met with each artist and chose who would tattoo them based on a random order.
  • Guest Canvas: King Mo, Scott McKillop, Charlie Johnson and Marcus Stroud
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Steve Tefft
  • Eliminated: Tatu Baby
  • Final Tattoo – Part 1: Each artist is assigned a master canvas where they can tattoo their own way. They then have 24 hours to complete their final tattoo with each four sessions consisting of six hours before returning to New York in a few months to show off their piece in front of the judges during the live finale.
2113"Ink Master Live Final"December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)1.3[8]

Dave welcomes the audience to the very first live Ink Master finale. He, Peck and Nunez then chat with the eliminated artists. Nick's canvas calls him out for tattooing her the design she despised. Dave also got to chat with Mark's canvas who dislikes the pin-up tattoo. Fortunately, he plans of getting it covered by Season 1 runner-up and star of Tattoo Nightmares Tommy Helm who appeared alongside his co-stars. During the show, the audience voted online to give one of the eliminated artists a chance to compete in Season 3.

  • Final Tattoo – Part 2: Steve, Sarah and Sebastian finally hit the stage. But there is some unfinished business between all three of them. Footage from their 24 hour session are then shown. The judges then look at each artist's final tattoo. Another twist is thrown when it turns out that the first artist with the fewest votes by the viewers will be eliminated.
  • 3rd Place: Sebastian
  • Winner: Steve Tefft
  • America's Vote: Tatu Baby

References[edit]

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