Ink Master (season 8)

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Ink Master (season 8)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 16
Release
Original network Spike
Original release August 23 (2016-08-23) – December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)
Additional information
Host(s) Dave Navarro
Judges Oliver Peck
Chris Núñez
No. of contestants 18
Winner Ryan Ashley Malarkey
Season chronology
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Season 9

Ink Master: Peck vs Nuñez is the eighth season of the tattoo reality competition Ink Master that premiered on August 23 and concluded on December 6, 2016 on Spike with 16 episodes. Host Dave Navarro returned alongside team captains Oliver Peck and Chris Núñez. Unlike the previous seasons, Season 8 features judges Peck and Núñez going head-to-head for the first time in Ink Master history where thirty artists battle for a spot on either team with both teams consisting of nine artists each. The first seven episodes featured each team battling their own members in an elimination-style competition for a spot in the top ten. Then, the top five artists on Team Peck battled Team Núñez's top five artists.

In addition to the $100,000, a feature in Inked magazine, the title of Ink Master and a Dodge Charger, the winner also received a guest spot at their respective team captain's shop (Oliver Peck's Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas or Chris Nuñez's Handcrafted in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). 28-year old Ryan Ashley Malarkey from Team Peck became the first female Ink Master and the youngest winner in the show’s history.

Judging and ranking[edit]

The judge listing types are:

  • Judging Panel
The judging panel is the table of three primary judges. They will vote to see who had the best tattoo of the day and who will be eliminated as well as choosing the winner of Ink Master.
  • Jury of Peers
The team that is safe from elimination will put one artist from the opposing team up for elimination. They will then explain to the judges why that artist was chosen. Beginning with the tenth episode, all the artists will critique each other's work.

Contestants[edit]

Team Peck[edit]

Contestants Years
Experience
Residence
Ryan Ashley Malarkey 4 Kingston, Pennsylvania
Mike McAskill 8 Riverside, California
Gian Karle Cruz 7 Puerto Rico & Boston, Massachusetts
Gia Rose 13 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nate Beavers 24 Houston, Texas
Geary Morrill 17 Richmond, Virginia
Dave Robinowitz 11 Boynton Beach, Florida
Matt Murray 4 Beverly, Massachusetts
Anwon "Boneface" Johnson 17 Pensacola, Florida

Team Nuñez[edit]

Contestants Years
Experience
Residence
Eric Gonzalez 18 Lynwood, California
Nikki Simpson 5 Los Angeles, California
Jason "Sketchylawyer" Lawyer 9 Senoia, Georgia
Kelly Doty 8 Salem, Massachusetts
Kevin LaRoy 10 Dallas, Texas
Tito “Tuff Tito” Velez 22 Belleair, Florida
John Collins 14 Atlanta, Georgia
Sirvone Smith 6 Fredericksburg, Virginia
Carolyn Elaine 6 Chicago, Illinois

Contestant progress[edit]

No. Contestant 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 15 16
No. Flash Challenge
Winner
Team Peck Dave None Kevin Gian Nikki Ryan
Gia
None Team Peck Nikki Kevin
Nate
None None None
1 Ryan Ashley IMM LOW HIGH IMM WIN IMM HIGH WIN WIN IN LOW+ WIN WIN WINNER
2 Gian Karle IMM WIN HIGH IMM HIGH IMM WIN IN HIGH HIGH IN- WIN WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Kelly Doty WIN IMM HIGH HIGH IMM WIN IMM IN LOW HIGH HIGH+ F/O WIN 3RD PLACE
4 Nate Beavers IMM IN F/O IMM IN IMM LOW LOW HIGH LOW WIN+ WIN OUT
5 Nikki Simpson HIGH IMM HIGH WIN IMM LOW IMM HIGH HIGH WIN LOW- OUT
6 Kevin LaRoy LOW IMM LOW LOW IMM LOW IMM IN LOW LOW OUT-
7 Boneface IMM HIGH LOW IMM LOW IMM LOW HIGH IN OUT
8 Sketchylawyer HIGH IMM HIGH IN IMM IN IMM LOW IN LEFT
9 Eric Gonzalez IN IMM HIGH IN IMM HIGH IMM HIGH OUT
10 Mike McAskill IMM IN HIGH IMM IN IMM LOW OUT
11 Gia Rose IMM LOW HIGH IMM LOW IMM OUT
12 Tuff Tito LOW IMM LOW LOW IMM OUT
13 Matt Murray IMM IN LOW IMM OUT
14 Sirvone Smith LOW IMM F/O OUT
15 John Collins IN IMM OUT
16 Dave Robinowitz IMM IN OUT
17 Geary Morrill IMM OUT
18 Carolyn Elaine OUT
+ The contestant won the Head to Head Challenge.
- The contestant lost the Head to Head Challenge.
     The contestant won the competition and was named Ink Master.
     The contestant was the runner-up.
     The contestant finished third in the competition.
     The contestant won best tattoo of the day.
     The contestant won the face-off.
     The contestant was immune from the Elimination Tattoo.
     The contestant was given an honorable mention by the judges.
     The contestant was considered to be among the top.
     The contestant was among the bottom group in the judges recall.
     The contestant was sent to the bottom by the jury of peers.
     The contestant was considered to be in the bottom.
     The contestant was eliminated from the competition.
     The contestant was sent to the bottom by the jury of peers and was eliminated.
     The contestant won the flash challenge but was eliminated.
     The contestant won the flash challenge but sent to the bottom by the jury of peers and was eliminated.
     The contestant withdrew from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
931"Weeding Out the Weak"August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)N/A

  • Tattoo Marathon - Day 1: 30 artists face a grueling two-day convention style elimination where they have to tattoo the style each captain is known for. However, not every artist will finish both marathons as one artist will be eliminated if they don't impress either Peck or Núñez. The first day has the artists tackling American traditional, a specialty Peck is known for.
  • Eliminated: Brett Osborne, Brandon "Hobo Ink" Allen, Chris Saint Clark and Johnny Flash
  • Tattoo Marathon - Day 2: The 26 artists who survived the first day had five hours to tattoo Núñez's specialty which was Japanese. In addition they must also use a live Geisha model as their reference.
  • Eliminated: Chauncey "CK" Kochel, Cris Eck, Ryan Murray and Marie Makowski
  • Team Picks - Part 1: The remaining 22 artists arrived at the loft where it became a heads or tails game between the two captains but Núñez ended up with the first pick after he picked tails. One by one, he and Peck went back and forth with their picks until it came down to vacant four spots on both teams. Núñez picked Eric Gonzalez, Nikki Simpson, Sketchylawyer, Kelly Doty and Kevin LaRoy while Peck's first picks consisted of Ryan Ashley, Mike McAskill, Gian Karle, Gia Rose and Nate Beavers.
  • Tattoo Marathon - Day 3: The last 12 artists have one more chance to impress Peck or Núñez while tattooing their own style and subject of their choice for six hours. Four artists will be eliminated if not chosen by either team. Elisheba's canvas refused to work with her. Therefore, she got a new canvas to work on.
  • Team Picks - Part 2: Peck received the first pick this time and his final picks were Geary Morrill, Dave Robinowitz, Matt Murray and Boneface. And rounding out Team Núñez is Tuff Tito, Sirvone Smith, John Collins and Carolyn Elaine.
  • Eliminated: Hillary "Princess Hilla" Santagata, Elisheba Israel, Danielle McKnight and Raphael Barros
942"The Games Begin"August 30, 2016 (2016-08-30)1.11[1]

  • Skill of the Week: Composition
  • Flash Challenge: The teams have seven hours to work with three different canvases to create one interlocking back piece at the same time with Team Núñez working with three firefighters and Team Peck working with three police officers. An immunity will be rewarded to the team who wins this challenge.
  • Winner: Team Peck
  • Elimination Tattoo: Team Núñez must use composition when they are tasked to tattoo a Medusa for six hours.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Kelly Doty
  • Bottom: Tuff Tito, Carolyn Elaine and Kevin LaRoy
  • Eliminated: Carolyn Elaine
953"Ruffled Feathers"September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06)1.10[2]

  • Skill of the Week: Precision
  • Flash Challenge: The tables have turned this week when Dave announced that Team Peck will be put up for elimination. Each member of Team Núñez must consult with a member of Team Peck to help them create a "personal beach" sand sculpture while using Corona products. In addition, due to her win in the previous elimination tattoo, Kelly chose two artists to sculpt two beaches for her.
  • Winner: Dave Robinowitz
  • Elimination Tattoo: Dave R. used the skull pick strategy to throw his teammates under the bus as Team Peck gets to work on tattooing a peacock.
  • Winner: Gian Karle
  • Bottom: Geary Morrill, Ryan Ashley and Gia Rose
  • Eliminated: Geary Morrill
964"Put Your Armor On"September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)1.04[3]

  • Skill of the Week: Texture
  • Elimination Tattoo: A double elimination jeopardizes both teams where one member from each team will be eliminated. The teams must work in pairs of two to tattoo shoulder armor on both canvases' shoulders at the same time for six hours with Team Núñez tattooing metal armor and Team Peck tattooing leather armor. They will then be judged together. In addition, each captain decided on the pairs of their respective members.
  • Worst Tattoos of the Day: Nate Beavers & Dave Robinowitz and John Collins & Sirvone Smith
  • Face Off Tattoo: Team Núñez tasks Dave R. and Nate to tattoo a black and grey animal that shows realism while John and Sirvone were also tasked by Team Peck to tattoo the same style and subject as Dave and Nate. Both pairs had six hours to tattoo against their respective teammate.
  • Eliminated: Dave Robinowitz and John Collins
975"Sparks Fly"September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)N/A

  • Skill of the Week: Legibility
  • Flash Challenge: Team Núñez had five hours to use electricity, consisting a 12 volt battery and electric wire, to create a style that was given to them by Team Peck. Team Peck tasked them to create an underwater marine life design.
  • Winner: Kevin LaRoy
  • Elimination Tattoo: Team Núñez had six hours to create a watercolor tattoo that shows legibility.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Nikki Simpson
  • Bottom: Sirvone Smith, Tuff Tito and Kevin LaRoy
  • Eliminated: Sirvone Smith
986"Sticky Situation"September 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)1.12[4]

  • Skill of the Week: Contrast
  • Flash Challenge: Team Peck had five hours to create a high-contrast image on a plexiglass canvas, using only brown packaging tape. Team Núñez assigned them to create a face.
  • Winner: Gian Karle
  • Elimination Tattoo: Dave puts Team Peck to the test when they had six hours to tattoo an outer space tattoo that shows contrast.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Ryan Ashley
  • Bottom: Gia Rose, Boneface and Matt Murray
  • Eliminated: Matt Murray
997"New School, Old Scars"October 4, 2016 (2016-10-04)N/A

  • Skill of the Week: Artistry
  • Flash Challenge: Each member of Team Núñez worked with a former smoker that was assigned to them by Team Peck to cover up their scars.
  • Winner: Nikki Simpson
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists on Team Núñez fight for a spot in the top five when they have six hours to turn a famous landmark into a new school tattoo. Donovan Smith was one of the canvases in this Elimination Tattoo.
  • Guest Canvas: Donovan Smith
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Kelly Doty
  • Bottom: Tuff Tito, Kevin LaRoy and Nikki Simpson
  • Eliminated: Tuff Tito
1008"Bent Out of Shape"October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)1.18[5]

  • Skill of the Week: Ingenuity
  • Flash Challenge: Using grinders and welders, Team Peck manipulated metal rods into a dynamic sculpture out of lines. In addition, Team Núñez assigned the pairs.
  • Winner: Ryan Ashley & Gia Rose
  • Elimination Tattoo: A spot in the top 5 is on the line when Team Peck had six hours to turn a canvases' significant other into a pinup.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Gian Karle
  • Bottom: Mike McAskill, Nate Beavers, Boneface and Gia Rose
  • Eliminated: Gia Rose
1019"Head Games"October 18, 2016 (2016-10-18)N/A

  • Skill of the Week: Adaptability
  • Elimination Tattoo - Day 1: Both teams faced their biggest task of doing of 12-hr tattoo on the head with each day consisting six hours. The first day has them tattooing the left lobe while the second day has them tattooing the right lobe.
  • Elimination tattoo - Day 2: One artist will pick a skull that has a number on the bottom that determined the order of which artist goes first. Each artist will pick the opposing artist's canvas they want to tattoo. Kevin got a new canvas after his canvas, who was previously tattooed by Kelly, withdrew from the elimination tattoo. Each pair were judged head to head on which head they tattooed.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Ryan Ashley
  • Bottom: Mike McAskill, Nate Beavers and Sketchylawyer
  • Eliminated: Mike McAskill
10210"Like Sand Through the Hour Glass"October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)N/A

  • Skill of the Week: Detail
  • Flash Challenge: Both teams had six hours to create powerful designs on a Dodge Charger with thousands of sharpies.
  • Winner: Team Peck
  • Elimination Tattoo: Team Peck and Team Núñez had six hours to show detail when they are tasked to tattoo an hourglass.
  • Guest Judge: Von Miller
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Ryan Ashley
  • Bottom: Eric Gonzalez, Kevin LaRoy and Kelly Doty
  • Eliminated: Eric Gonzalez
10311"Duck and Cover Up"November 1, 2016 (2016-11-01)1.17[6]

  • Skill of the Week: Technical Application
  • Flash Challenge: The teams must show flawless technical application by tattooing the palm of the hand.
  • Winner: Nikki Simpson
  • Withdrawal: Before Dave announced the guest judge for the Elimination Tattoo, Sketchylawyer, still feeling the burn from being criticized in the Flash Challenge, walked out. Dave and Núñez tried to convince him to stay but it didn't go well for them.
  • Elimination Tattoo: The artists had six hours to cover up a canvas's tramp stamp
  • Guest Judge: Robert Atkinson
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Nikki Simpson
  • Bottom: Boneface, Kevin LaRoy and Nate Beavers
  • Eliminated: Boneface
10412"Road to the Finale"November 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)0.62[7]
Dave interviews the final six artists featuring never before seen footage. Each contestant has their own view on the competition and openly expresses it.
10513"Heavy Lifting"November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)1.07[8]

  • Skill of the Week: Accuracy
  • Flash Challenge: Each pair had six hours to create a larger image out of colored bricks without misplacing one.
  • Winner: Nate & Kevin
  • Elimination Tattoo: Each pair faced off in a head to head battle when they tattooed the same toddler portrait tattoos. Kelly, Nate and Ryan won their head to head battle against Nikki, Gian and Kevin respectively.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Nate Beavers
  • Bottom: Kevin LaRoy, Nikki Simpson and Ryan Ashley
  • Eliminated: Kevin LaRoy
10614"Biomechanical Failure"November 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)1.05[9]

  • Skill of the Week: Consistency
  • Guest Judge: Tim Hendricks
  • Elimination Tattoo: The teams tattooed their canvas at the same time for six hours by turning them into a cyborg. In addition, the artist must pick up where their teammate left after each hour passes by. Team Peck received the canvas pick first after Nate picked up the skull that has the x mark on the bottom. Because Team Núñez didn't incorporate the subject into their tattoo after Kelly and Nikki didn't listen to Núñez's advice, the judges made unanimous decision.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Team Peck
  • Face Off Tattoo: Núñez was torn that he had to watch the last two members of his team fight for a spot in the top four as Team Peck tasks Nikki and Kelly to tattoo a Gypsy woman for four hours.
  • Eliminated: Nikki Simpson
10715"No One is Safe"November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)1.10[10]

  • Guest Judge: Chris Garver
  • Tattoo Marathon - Round 1: The final four artists must survive a 15-hour tattoo marathon with each day consisting of five hours. They must tattoo a style each team did not do when they acted as the Jury of Peers but were previously critiqued by the judges. The artist who wins best tattoo of the day for each day will earn a spot in the live finale while the other artists continue tattooing. The first five hours featured Team Peck tattooing a Medusa while Kelly tattooed a peacock.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Kelly Doty
  • Tattoo Marathon - Round 2: Team Peck tattooed a watercolor design.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Ryan Ashley
  • Tattoo Marathon - Round 3: For the final hour, Nate and Gian tattooed a New School landmark.
  • Best Tattoo of the Day: Gian Karle
  • Eliminated: Nate Beavers
10816"Peck vs. Nuñez Live"December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)N/A

Dave welcomes the audience to the live finale while performing a body suspension stunt.

  • Finale Tattoo: Ryan, Kelly, and Gian had 24 hours to tattoo a chest piece in the style each team was given to them by the opposing team. Team Peck assigned Kelly with an American Traditional that showcases a ship, anchors and mermaids. Kelly challenges Ryan to design two huge 90s-inspired New School dueling hot rods with big outlines, despite their alliance throughout the competition, while Gian was given a watercolor coral reef. However, only the top two artists will get to show their master canvas.
  • Live Tattoo: The final three then had seven hours to tattoo a style each artist was assigned to by the viewers. The audience will also get to tune into their progress online. Kelly worked on a New School tattoo while Gian designed a Japanese tattoo. Ryan finally gets to tattoo the style she is known for which was a black and grey tattoo with fine line. Two artists will advance to the top two with one artist picked by the judges and the other who receives the most votes by Twitter users.
  • America's Pick: Ryan Ashley
  • Judge's Pick: Gian Karle
  • 3rd Place: Kelly Doty
  • Winner: Ryan Ashley

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