Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Two of the 17 new “Ink Master” contestants appearing on Season 4 of the Spike reality TV tattoo competition hail from Las Vegas: Walter “Sausage” Frank and King Ruck (real name Josh Glover).
The contestants are tested on technical skills and on-the-spot “human canvas” creativity — think “Top Chef” with needles and ink. Rocker Dave Navarro returns to the judging panel with renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck when the show returns Feb. 25.
The roster of guest judges includes Las Vegas regulars Rob Zombie and Brandon Rios. A $100,000 prize awaits the winner and the cover feature of Inked Magazine, plus, bragging rights as “Ink Master.”
Sausage has 13 years of experience at Club Tattoo specializing in portraits, HD realism and black-and-gray art and works alongside last season’s winner, Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton. Last season was Spike’s highest-rated series. You can bet that he’s one to watch having worked for Joey.
King has six years of experience and is owner artist at Black Spade Tattoo and Red Elephant Tattoo. A former street-graffiti artist, he won his nickname for causing a ruckus, which is how he signed his wall work.
‘RACHAEL VS. GUY’: Rio headliner magician Penn Jillette didn’t have to pull any magic tricks from his chef jacket’s sleeve on last week’s debut episode of the Food Network’s new Season 3 of “Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook Off”; none of the contestants were sent home.
But on Monday night’s Episode 2, it was comedian Chris Kattan (“Saturday Night Live”) who was axed for making a mess of his overcooked pork dish. He didn’t fare well, either, in the second challenge of cooking a luau for 50 people.
Next Monday’s episode is set at a large supermarket where the remaining contestants have to shop, create, cook, package and sell 30 products representing their personalities to go back on the shelves for regular customers. Penn almost loses his voice with his exuberant sales pitch outside the store.
ALBUM DEBUT: Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss debuted his upcoming album “Life You Imagine” to music tastemakers at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles today. The debonair British crooner who spent three years meticulously recording the record was introduced to the media gathering by his producer, Ron Fair.
Billboard Magazine described it as “a mix of big-band swing and contemporary sounding soul that pays respectful homage to The Rat Pack era.” Plans for the album release are being finalized.
‘JUBILEE!’ AUDITIONS: Award-winning creative director and choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. began his dancer and singer auditions today in his redesign of the iconic topless burlesque “Jubilee!” at Bally’s. It has run on the Strip for 32 years and now is about to be refreshed with a makeover.
The best of the show’s main elements will be preserved as a nod to the past, including the gorgeous signature costumes and several of the sets, but the choreography, staging and music will be reimagined. The show gets its final night Jan. 30 and will be relaunched in the spring.
JOBS GALORE: The heat is still on at my home, and I’m guessing yours, too? But our resorts are already planning for the summer’s heat. Auditions began today and continue through the month for several dayclubs looking to hire model servers, bartenders, runners and bar backs. Brrrr!
Some of the auditions include wearing swimsuits, and drug testing is a condition of employment. The Venetian and Palazzo began their pool-hiring interviews today, and Wet Republic at MGM Grand set a March opening date and began its six days of auditions today.
CONGRATULATIONS! The 50th anniversary of Jerry’s Nugget begins Wednesday and will continue with dozens of celebrations through Nov. 9. North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee will proclaim Wednesday “Jerry’s Nugget Day,” and a canvas wall of art will be unveiled chronicling momentous occasions throughout its history. Ten employees remain at the casino working for more than 30 years, and another 21 have been at the Nugget for more than 20 years.
Travelers across America submitted thousands of reviews of hotels they visited in 2013 for Trip Advisor, and in its annual year-end highlights, the editors noted that Aria was the most-reviewed hotel in the United States.
“We’re thrilled that the level of service and innovative technology at Aria has resulted in our guests sharing their experiences,” said Aria Vice President of Hotel Operations Paul Berry. “We take pride in creating memorable stays for all of our guests, and Trip Advisor’s recognition is another sign that we are not only meeting but exceeding that goal.”
Darryl Lenox, Joel Lindley and Shayma Tash headline the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.
DJs Ikon and Karma are at 1OAK in the Mirage to kick off the 2014 AVN/Adult Entertainment Expo for early arrivals.
Our coverage of 2014 AVN/AEE continues with a candid interview with Las Vegas rocker Phil Varone, who runs a swingers sex-tape industry headquartered here. Plus, we’ll preview “Top Chef,” which pits our Las Vegas cheftestant Shirley Chung and the final four.
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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