Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 | 1:27 p.m.
At the end of Tuesday night’s intense and exciting finale, Las Vegas tattoo artist Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton of Club Tattoo was named the winner of Season 3 of “Ink Master.” He walked away from the top-rated Spike TV series with $100,000, a feature article in the tattoo publication Inked and the ultimate bragging-rights title of Ink Master.
Sixteen of the country’s top tattoo artists battled it out this season in permanent ink, competing in tattoo challenges that not only tested the artists’ technical skills but also their on-the-spot creativity where they had to create and execute an original tattoo on a “human canvas.”
Each week’s challenges focused on a different tattoo technique and style. After every challenge, the contestants faced a tough panel that included series host Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judges and tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). The masterpieces these artists created will last forever, but so will their mistakes.
The final three were Joey; Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores, a self-employed tattoo artist in Miami; and Jime Litwalk, an artist at Hart and Huntington in Orlando, Fla. They were each assigned their own master canvas and sent back to their home bases to complete a 35-hour tattoo, where they had five seven-hour sessions with their master canvas to create the best tattoo design of their career.
In the live finale, the trio revealed their master canvases to the judges and America. After the judges reviewed the artwork, Tatu Baby was eliminated from the competition. In the end, the judges named our Las Vegas hero the Season 3 winner.
In last week’s semifinal episode, a twist was introduced for the 13 eliminated. Dave announced that all of the eliminated contestants would get a second chance to prove themselves worthy on “Ink Master,” where it would be up to fans to vote for their top two favorite artists to compete in a live, head-to-head tattoo competition. Kyle Dunbar and Chris May were the two finalists, with Kyle given the opportunity to compete on “Ink Master” Season 4.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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