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Strip Scribbles: L.V. tattoo artist Joey ‘Hollywood’ Hamilton competes for $100K on ‘Ink Master’


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Tuxedo-clad Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton plays poker at the Gatsby Gamble on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

Las Vegas Tattoo Artist Joey Hamilton

Las Vegas tattoo artist Joey Hamilton on Spike TV's Launch slideshow »

Las Vegas tattoo artist Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton on Tuesday night became one of the three finalists left standing on Spike TV’s top-rated reality TV competition “Ink Master.”

Season 3 began with 16 tattoo experts from across America competing for the $100,000 grand prize. Each week, one has been eliminated in the quest. Last night, four of them starred in the “Enduring the Pain” episode, an epic marathon of inking.

Michigan’s Kyle Dunbar was sent home by the judges, leaving Joey to do battle in the finale against Orlando’s Jime Litwalk and Miami’s Tatu Baby. The three will face a tough challenge of simultaneously creating artwork on the same human canvas over 36 hours.

If Joey, of Club Tattoo here, is voted Ink Master by the judges on the broadcast, in addition to title bragging rights and the $100K, he’ll be a cover and inside pictorial feature in Inked Magazine. Next Tuesday’s live finale is a two-hour special that then leads into a one-hour teaser for Criss Angel’s new, 11-episode series “Believe” (not to be confused with his Cirque du Soleil headliner show at Luxor).

‘The Only Way Is Essex’ at Palms

Cast members of “The Only Way Is Essex” film at the Palms in Las Vegas.
Launch slideshow »

‘TOWIE’ STARS: Britain’s top reality TV show “The Only Way Is Essex” sent cast and crew here over the past week to film sexy segments on their first-ever visit to the Strip, and contributing photographer Scott Harrison caught up with them between shots at the Palms.

“Towie” is similar to “Jersey Shore” but goes way beyond, featuring nudity, sex scenes, adult language and romances gone wrong. It has toppled “Downton Abbey” and other hit programs in the ratings. They previously filmed in Marbella; this was the first U.S. shoot.

The Only Way Is Essex

EARLY HALLOWEEN HORRORS: There will be an all-star turnout here Thursday for the Season 11 opening of one of America’s top-ranked haunted attractions. Fright Dome also will introduce its first-ever, isolation-style haunted house inspired by the horror film “The Collector.” Fright Dome takes over Adventuredome at Circus Circus, with its newest addition themed around the traps and scenes from the second installment of the franchise.

For the first time in 11 years, Fright Dome also is increasing the number of haunted houses within the 250,000-square-foot horror theme park attraction from five standalone mazes to six.

The black carpet guest list: Josh Stewart, Emma Fitzpatrick, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti, Holly Madison, Zak Bagans, Alison Kyler, Sid Haig, D.J. Ashba, Michael Godard, Marc Savard, Matt Black, Murray Sawchuck, Claire Sinclair, Jason Egan and Circus Circus President Don Thrasher.

iPAD MENU: My favorite Italian celebrity chef, Steve Martorano, says his new Martorano’s Italian American Kitchen at the Paris opening next year will be the first in the country to have iPad menus. “I know iPad wine lists are spreading rapidly in popularity, but I believe we’re the first to have menus on the iPad — a great way to show our new pizzas,” he told me.

The new 255-seat restaurant will be a dazzling black-and-white venue with multiple dining areas, a larger-than-life floating bar and private booths for his celebrity clientele, plus, of course, his DJ deck where he spins. Steve, who also is opening at Harrah’s Atlantic City, will keep his Cafe Martorano open at the Rio when he expands to the Strip.

BUCKET LIST FOOD: The prestigious Zagat Guide asked 30 top chefs in America to put together their dream list of must-try ingredients. “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, who is opening a venue at the Mirage next year and took part in the James Beard Foundation Taste America events over the weekend, said: “I've already cooked with everything you can imagine, so I’m hoping that one day soon, someone will discover plants that grow in outer space. I’d love to cook with brand-new ingredients that no one has even heard of yet, ones that grow in our solar system, so that I can really create a ‘universal’ dish!”

‘War Horse,’ More in Season 2 at Smith Center

Mary Stopa gets a close-up look at Joey, the puppet horse from Launch slideshow »


Rocker Bret Michaels has a Henderson Pavilion stop for his “Life Rocks Tour.”

Furthur with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir wrap their two-night stand at Pearl at the Palms.

Smashburger founder Tom Ryan jets in for the grand opening of his newest restaurant, bringing his Las Vegas total to eight locations.

DJ Afrojack spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.

And Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” starts its run through Sunday at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.


We’ll travel with “Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans to the “Exorcist” house, plus, preview the wicked Frank Marino “Showbiz Roast” and hopefully peek at the first renderings for the new boutique hotel Gansevoort coming to Center Strip with Victor Drai’s two rooftop nightlife venues.

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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