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Las Vegas tattoo artists are still in the hunt on Spike TV’s ‘Ink Master’


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Aiden Ashley and Dave Navarro arrive on the red carpet for the 2014 AVN Awards on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

Joey Hamilton of Club Tattoo

Tattoo artist Joey Hamilton, Season 3 winner of Launch slideshow »

The challenges on Spike TV’s new Season 4 of “Ink Master” are so tough that one tattoo artist quit this week after a brutal war of words with another girl. A $100,000 prize, bragging rights with the title and a cover feature in Inked magazine are at stake.

After two weeks of competition, 15 tattoo titans remain, including our hometown Club Tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank and King Ruck, owner and artist of Black Spade Tattoo and Red Elephant Tattoo. Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton of Club Tattoo won Season 3.

For now, they’re safe, but look what they have to face next Tuesday: In the “Tatt-Ganged” episode, rocker host Dave Navarro splits the ink masters into teams of three to tattoo a pair of bikini-clad twins to test their consistency.

There’s a brutal twist, though. Five artists must tattoo each twin at the same time with mirror images. It turns into another clash with one artist winding up in the hospital.

This week, the artists’ skills were tested on “dimension.” The Flash Challenge had the contestants “bugging out” as they used live scorpions and tarantulas for their reference photos. Tensions rose even higher during Elimination Tattoo judging, where artists had to tattoo realistic eyeballs onto difficult locations of their human canvases.

A yelling tirade erupted between two girls, and Ashley Bennett stunned the judging panel and her competitors by quitting. Artists Roland Pacheco and Randy Vollink, who had the worst Elimination Tattoos, were saved and given another week to compete.

Good luck to our guys Walter and King!

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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