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“Ink Master” brought the drama all season, and on May 20 the Season 4 finale didn’t disappoint. Finalists Walter “Sausage” Frank, Matti Hixson and Scott Marshall put everything on the line for their hour back piece, and with the help of viewers, judges Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez decided the winner that would not only walk away with the title of “Ink Master” but also a $, grand prize and an interview in Inked Magazine.

So, who was crowned the Season 4 winner?

Matti Hixson was the first finalist to be eliminated after unveiling his hour back tattoo. And, while the judges gave him glowing reviews for his piece, there were ultimately a few flaws (or nit-picking as the judges told the artist). Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez criticized the neck on the woman, Matti’s decision to not have the hair flow, and the way that the piece faded out to light at the bottom.

Matti Hixson's final canvasPhoto: Spike

With Matti gone, “Ink Master” fans were left with this season’s rivals  -- Sausage and Scott. The pair went head-to-head all season, giving each other tough canvases and laying into each other for their work. In the end, it all came down to their two final pieces, which were similar in nature.

For Sausage’s final piece, the tattoo artist worked with his human canvas to create a gothic woman -- heart in her hand and crow above her. The judges complimented Sausage’s bright colors and decision to incorporate thin and think lines, but nit-picked the way the crow flowed out of her hair.

Sausage's final canvasPhoto: Spike

Scott on the other hand debuted his piece which featured a dark and gothic woman with a heart in her hands. Like Sausage, the judges complimented his use of color. And, while they had nothing horrible to say about the heart and snake wrapped hand of the tattoo, they criticized the odd shape of the woman’s face.

Scott's final canvasPhoto: Spike

With both final pieces having minor flaws, the judges after a painful pause announced that Scott has what it takes to be “Ink Master.” Putting aside their differences all season, Sausage congratulated Scott on his win and the stage flooded with the Season 4 cast members.

But Spike’s reality show had one more surprise in store for viewers. For the past two seasons, fans had the chance to vote back their favorite eliminated contestant for the opportunity to compete again -- Tatu Baby in Season 3 and Kyle Dunbar in Season 4. This time the series decided to ditch the vote back and instead recast two members of Season 3, Jason Clay Dunn and Joshua Hibbard.

“Ink Master” fans will remember that the pair butted heads throughout the entire Season 3, taking their criticism and fighting up a notch from Scott and Sausage’s epic Season 4 battles. So, why is the show bringing the two enemies back? Because “Season 5: Rivals” is the new name of the game.

The twist for next season means that every tattoo artist will be bringing a rival to the competition. And, if Joshua and Jason’s fights in Season 3 are any indication of what’s to come, viewers should expect some mega-drama  potentially on the Kyle Dunbar scale.

What did you think of the Season 4 finale of “Ink Master”? Are you shocked that Scott Marshall was crowned the winner? Take the poll and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


Ink Master (season 4)

Season of television series

Ink Master
Hosted byDave Navarro
JudgesChris Núñez
Oliver Peck
No. of contestants17
WinnerScott Marshall
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Original networkSpike
Original releaseFebruary 25&#;()&#;–
May 20, &#;()

Season 3

Season 5

The fourth season of the tattoo reality competition Ink Master premiered on Spike on February 25 and concluded on May 20, with a total of 13 episodes. The show is hosted and judged by Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, with accomplished tattoo artists Chris Núñez and Oliver Peck serving as series regular judges. The winner will receive a $, prize, a feature in Inked Magazine and the title of Ink Master.

This season saw the return of season three contestant Kyle Dunbar, who originally finished the competition in 4th place.

The winner of the fourth season of Ink Master was Scott Marshall, with Walter "Sausage" Frank being the runner-up.

Judging and ranking[edit]

Judging panel[edit]

The judging panel is responsible for passing judgement on each artist. They collaborate and use information from their own perception, the audience vote, human canvas vote, and the winner's worst vote to determine who should be sent home. Weight of decisions is set by the terms of the challenge skill.

Audience voting[edit]

Audience voting, introduced in season two, is done through Facebook and Twitter using the available tattoos for vote on the Ink Master website. Voting will directly affect the contestant lineup for the following season; the contestant with the highest vote count will have the opportunity to return.

Human Canvas Jury[edit]

The canvases for the challenge gather after the tattoos are completed and vote on the best and worst of the days tattoos. While the primary judges have the final say, the weight of the canvas vote does affect the final decision of the judging panel.

Elimination Tattoo Winner's pick[edit]

This season allowed the winner of the elimination tattoo challenge to put a contestant in the bottom.


Names, experience, and cities stated are at time of filming.

Contestant Name Years of
Hometown Outcome
Scott Marshall † 15 Chicago, IllinoisWinner
Walter "Sausage" Frank 13 Las Vegas, NevadaRunner-up
Matti Hixson 10 Virginia Beach, Virginia3rd place
Sean Patrick "Halo" Jankowski 9 Baltimore, Maryland4th place
Melissa Monroe 5 Farmington, Wisconsin5th place
Jay "Gentle Jay" Blondel 14 Massapequa, New York6th place
Lydia Bruno 9 Albany, New York7th place
Kyle Dunbar 20 Flint, Michigan8th place[a]
James "Jim" Francis 12 Milwaukee, Wisconsin9th/10th place
Josh "King Ruck" Glover 6 Las Vegas, Nevada
Keith Diffenderfer 13 York, Pennsylvania11th/12th place
Aaron "Bubba" Irwin 7 Scottsdale, Arizona
Roland Pacheco 8 Hawi, Hawaii13th place
Randy Vollink 9 Mesa, Arizona14th place
David Bell 20 Fredericksburg, Virginia15th place
Ashley Bennett 6 South Windsor, Connecticut16th place[b]
Damon Butler 3 Boston, Massachusetts17th place
  1. ^Dunbar was disqualified from the competition due to a physical altercation with Chris Núñez.
  2. ^Bennett quit the competition.

Contestants progress[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2[a]3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10[b]11 12 13
Roland Pacheco BTM3 BTM3 BTM3 BTM3 ELIMGuest
Randy Vollink BTM3 BTM3 LOW ELIMGuest
David Bell LOW SAFE ELIMGuest
Ashley Bennett SAFE QUITGuest
Damon Butler ELIMGuest
  1. ^None of the contestants impressed the judges enough for them to determine a winner.
  2. ^Melissa defeated Jay in the Face-Off challenge to determine who would stay in the competition.
&#; The contestant won Ink Master.
&#; The contestant was the runner-up.
&#; The contestant finished third in the competition.
&#; The contestant advanced to the finale.
&#; The contestant was exempt from the first elimination.
&#; The contestant won Best Tattoo of the Day.
&#; The contestant was among the top.
&#; The contestant received positive critiques.
&#; The contestant received mixed critiques.
&#; The contestant received negative critiques.
&#; The contestant was in the bottom.
&#; The contestant was in the bottom and voted Worst Tattoo of the Day by the Human Canvas Jury.
&#; The contestant was put in the bottom by the Best Tattoo of the Day winner.
&#; The contestant was put in the bottom by the Best Tattoo of the Day winner and voted Worst Tattoo of the Day by the Human Canvas Jury.
&#; The contestant was eliminated from the competition.
&#; The contestant was voted Worst Tattoo of the Day and was eliminated from the competition.
&#; The contestant was put in the bottom by the Best Tattoo of the Day winner and was eliminated from the competition.
&#; The contestant was put in the bottom by the Best Tattoo of the Day winner, voted Worst Tattoo by the Human Canvas Jury and was eliminated from the competition.
&#; The contestant quit the competition.
&#; The contestant was disqualified from the competition.
&#; The contestant returned as a guest for that episode



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&#;Ink Master&#; Winner Scott Marshall Dies at 41

Spike TV&#;s &#;Ink Master&#; season four winner Scott Marshall died this weekend in Chicago. He was

His wife, Johanna, told TMZ, which first reported the news, that police officers informed her Sunday that Scott died in his sleep, and that preliminary autopsy results show that the cause of death was heart-related.

Johanna said Scott called her from his Chicago tattoo shop, Roselle Tattoo Co., Saturday night and told her that he was not feeling well enough to make the drive home, and went to a hotel nearby. His death remains under investigation.

Scott appeared on the Spike TV competition show starting in February and took home the $, grand prize after beating out fellow tattoo artists Walter &#;Sausage&#; Frank and Matti Hixson in an all-skill challenge. He would go on to be featured in Inked magazine for his win.

&#;Spike and entire Ink Master family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott&#;s passing,&#; Spike TV said in a statement. &#;He was a great competitor and talented artist. Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends.&#;

&#;We’re tremendously saddened by the passing of Scott Marshall, a vibrant, creative spirit and talent who will be missed by the entire &#;Ink Master&#; family,&#; said Original Media, which produces the show, in a statement. &#;We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.&#;

Along with his wife, Scott is survived by their three young children.

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A Tribute To Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall Dies: &#;Ink Master&#; Season 4 Winner Was 41

Scott Marshall, the Season 4 winner of Spike&#;s tattoo competition series Ink Master, died over the weekend. He was The cause of death is not yet known.

Spike expressed its condolences in a statement to Deadline. &#;Spike and entire Ink Master family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott&#;s passing. He was a great competitor and talented artist. Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends.&#;

Ink Master host Dave Navarro also paid tribute to Marshall on Twitter.

Scott won the $, grand prize on the Season 4 finale of Ink Master in , surpassing fellow tattoo artists Walter “Sausage” Frank and Matti Hixson. He was featured in Inked magazine for his win. Spike recently renewed the hit tattoo competition series for an eighth season.

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What The Cast Of Ink Master Is Doing Today

By Ryan Ariano/April 14, pm EDT/Updated: July 19, pm EDT

When Ink Master debuted in , it did so with a modest budget, a less-developed format, and no expectations. Sure, Oliver Peck and Chris Nuñez are rock stars in the tattoo world, but tons of ink lovers didn't know their names then. And though Dave Navarro was already a recognizable rock star, he wasn't necessarily the king of the tattoo world. But the show exploded in popularity, and the rest is heavily-inked history.

Ink Master has changed over the years. In season two, the show brought in the audience, allowing viewers to vote for their favorite tattoos and artists. In season three, the canvases finally got to have their say. As the series went on, the flash challenges have gotten crazier, the competitions have become more cutthroat, and the formats have grown more complex. Teams, shop face-offs, grudges, return canvases — they're all in the Ink Master mix, in addition to the show's spinoffs.

Almost every artist featured on the show has gone on to enjoy an elevated profile. Moreover, it seems like almost every Ink Master contestant who's made it more than a few episodes owns their own shop. Some artists have been brought back for one, two, or three more seasons. Some artists have gotten hosting or judging gigs in spinoffs. Some artists have even explored fields beyond tattooing. Join us as we catch up with the talented artists of Ink Master.

Oliver Peck

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Oliver Peck is a legend in the tattoo industry: His art is renowned worldwide, and he was once married to arguably the biggest celebrity tattooist in the world, Kat Von D. But in , Peck left Ink Masters after 13 seasons, due to a racist scandal.

Multiple pictures of Peck in blackface emerged in January , much to fans' dismay. Peck soon announced that he and the show had "parted ways." Peck admitted his guilt and issued an apology in a now-deleted Instagram post: "I look at those photos and it's hard for me to believe I could have been so clueless, insensitive and dumb," Peck opined. "I hope that I've matured a great deal since then and I'm deeply sorry for everyone I've offended." For now, Peck is lying low. He's still very active in the tattoo world, however, as he remains a co-owner of Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas and the full owner of True Tattoo in Hollywood, CA.

Chris Nuñez

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Chris Nuñez has an amazing CV: He's a graffiti artist, a hard-working tattoo artist, and a global traveler. And then there's Miami Ink, the first tattoo reality show to become a major hit, set in the shop that Nuñez co-owned with Ami James. Its main competitor at the time, Inked, ran from to , while Miami Ink ran from to Moreover, one of its artists, Kat Von D, spun off her own show LA Ink, which ran from to , while Ami James spun off NY Ink from to But Nuñez's longest-running show is Ink Master, which began in

Nuñez is still a judge on Ink Master, and he still owns his own shop. His Paramount Network bio lists him as a partner in Ridgeline Empire, a content and media corporation responsible for Ink Skins and Upset Gentlemen, as well as an animation company with two series in development. Few developments have been released as to these ventures and Nuñez's involvement in the last few years, though Upset Gentlemen's Instagram page shows ties to Nuñez and the company's Miami roots. 

Regardless of where these projects currently stand, they prove that Nuñez obviously plans to continue his artistic journey throughout the world of entertainment, whatever Ink Master's future may be.

Dave Navarro

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As ironic as this may sound, rock star Dave Navarro is the calming voice of moderation on Ink Master. Like any rock guitarist, he has a wild history filled with debauchery and excitement. He's played lead guitar for Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his own solo career. He's been a reality host, an adult film director, and was married for a few years to Carmen Electra. Since most of his other commitments lasted no more than 5 years (and plenty were a good bit shorter), it would seem that Ink Master is one of his longest relationships.

Navarro is set to continue with the show, but it's certainly not the only thing on his docket. In , Jane's Addiction released the documentary Jane's AddictionReplay , complete with interviews with the band's members, as well as a seven-song performance from their Virtual Lollapalooza performance. Moreover, Navarro was selected as one of the many artists to perform on the one-year anniversary special of musician Yungblud's show.

Tommy Helm

Tommy Helm is a much-beloved artist from season one of Ink Master. While he was eliminated before winning, Helm went on to another tattoo-centric show. In fact, Helm showed up on the season two Ink Master finale to announce Tattoo Nightmares, the tattoo cover-up show he hosted from to He even offered one of the human canvases a cover-up for a bad pin-up tattoo received during the season. Later, he came back to Ink Masters in season nine to compete with his shopmate Marvin Silva, eventually finishing sixth.

Helm has been concentrating on his own art lately. He's doing well: Helm has over , followers on Instagram and owns his own shop, Empire State Studio. Recently, with the disappearance of Oliver Peck, Helm has been the subject of social media chatter. He has long been mentioned by many fans as the artist who should have won season one, and some say he's the "odds-on favorite" to serve as replacement. Whether or not he does come back into the Ink Master fold, Helm is still a big player in the world of elite tattooists.

Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall was an extremely talented artist who thrived on work combining technical skill with beautiful imagery. In the season four finale, he beat out Sausage, one of the most admired artists of the series, who would go on to return several times. Marshall won $, from that finale and a whole lot of attention.

Tragically, Marshall died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41, a year after winning. While he remains the only winner to die so quickly after starring on (and winning) the show, he's not the only Ink Master to pass away. Clint Cummings' mohawk and straight-up approach to his fellow contestants made him such a memorable artist in season two that they brought him back in season three to be a human canvas. Sadly, he died of cancer in at the age of 36, just four years after he made it to seventh place.

Ryan Ashley

Tattooing is a male-dominated industry, and Ink Master is no exception. Before season seven, the highest-finishing female was Sarah Miller in season two, and then Tatu Baby in season three. No woman finished above ninth place in seasons five and seven. Then came Ryan Ashley and the girls' alliance she formed with Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose. Ashley became the first female Ink Master champion — but that was only the beginning of her journey.

Ashley went on to become a host forInk Master: Angels and Ink Master: Grudge Match. She also won as a coach on season 12 of Ink Master: Battle of the Sexes, elevating her to the vaunted status of being a two-time winner. She's also been the cover girl for Inked magazine several times. In one issue bearing her on the cover, she announced her relationship with tattoo artist Arlo DiCristina. She later announced their baby on the cover of another issue. They reign as the first family of tattooing. 

Cleen Rock One

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Cleen Rock One was the runner-up of Ink Master season five. He later returned to the show and became the runner-up of season seven. Time and again, Cleen showed off his skill with his bright, bold, new-school tattoos. He and Aaron Is represented their shop, Golden Skull Tattoo, in season nine, but only made it to fifth place. 

While Cleen has never actually won, his strong showing led Ink Master to bring him back for season 11, Ink Master: Grudge Match. In this season, Cleen mentored and coached a team against one led by his rival, Christian Buckingham. Cleen's team included eventual winner Tony Medellin, making him the winning coach. It seems the fourth time's the charm. Cleen also appeared in season one of Ink Master: Angels.

Cleen currently runs his own shop in Vegas, and also maintains an online shop, which sells merch and tattooing supplies.

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller, a renowned portrait artist, had a dramatic showing in her Ink Master debut in season two, full of intense monologues and emotional rollercoasters. She went on to be the season two runner-up, and left a strong impression on everybody. She was also a human canvas in season three, and competed again in season seven, where she came in 10th. She went on to make an appearance in Ink Master: Angels, and became a coach in season 12, Battle of the Sexes. But her TV career has ended up going beyond Ink Master sort of.

Miller starred in a Spike TV pilot that was eventually repackaged as a TV movie, Ink Shrinks. The concept was unique in the tattoo TV world: It sees Miller and two tattoo artists join a team of therapists to give clients tattoos that will help them deal with trauma and psychological problems. Basically, it's rooted in the deep sense of healing a tattoo can give to the person receiving it.

Miller also owns her own shop, Pittsburgh's Wyld Chyld. She gained national attention in for completing a massive Steelers sleeve that took five years to finish.

James Vaughn

James Vaughn was a favorite in season one, known for his ebullient Southern speech, witty comments, and jovial attitude. He finished third in that season. Vaughn was brought back in "Merry Ink," where he competed against Tatu Baby, Sausage, and Jime Litwalk designing holiday-themed tattoos. Vaughn again returned in season seven, where he finished fourth. Later, James served as a coach in season 12, though he was ultimately eliminated.

Currently, James runs two shops in North Carolina, Straight A Tattoo and Emerald City Tattoo & Piercing. He is also one of the state's most-awarded tattooists. In , Vaughn was named as the new artist manager of the American Tattoo Society's shop in Fayetteville, NC. While he is a longtime Ink Master favorite and such people often get brought back, it's obvious that Vaughn's career as a tattoo artist and manager will keep him busy enough.


Sausage is a much-beloved Ink Master artist. There's a fair bit of social media chatter saying he should have won over Scott Marshall in season four, in fact. According to Sausage's artist profile, he became known as "America's Inkmaster" after the controversial season finale (which ended a season in which he was constantly targeted by other contestants). Sausage returned in season seven, Ink Master: Revenge, ultimately finishing seventh.

Sausage did get some redemption in an epic face-off against his rival Matti Hixson during the live season seven finale. They weren't fighting for $, — just pride. The loser had to get a tattoo from the winner, and Sausage won. Thus, Hixson will have to spend the rest of his life with a tattoo from his rival. Sucks to be him.

Sausage was also brought back for "Merry Ink," and was a coach in season Meanwhile, Sausage has been making Ink Master alliances off-screen. He and season three winner Joey Hamilton have four shops spread over Las Vegas and the Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake regions.

Kelly Doty

Kelly Doty came in third place in season eight, despite the fact that she didn't really become part of Ryan Ashley's girls' alliance. But with her unique style — both in terms of her tattoos and her personal aesthetic — Doty left her mark. She went on to be a host of InkMaster: Angels, and a coach in season 12, Battle of the Sexes.

Even more importantly, Doty has been making strides in promoting the cause of women in tattooing. Doty co-owns Helheim Gallery in Salem, MA with Kristen Welch. There, she practices her art — when she's not traveling the world as a tattoo convention celebrity, that is. Helheim is her home, though, and a true inspiration as a majority-female shop. 

Doty was highlighted in Inked magazine in as a woman tackling gender equality in tattooing. Basically, she uses her fame for a great cause — and she still has awesome hair.

DJ Tambe

DJ Tambe made Ink Master history by winning seasons nine and 10, an amazing back-to-back feat. Moreover, along with Cleen Rock One and Ryan Ashley, he hosted Ink Master: Grudge Match. His wins even landed him an appearance on Ellen, transcending the tattoo world to make a splash on mainstream TV. Tambe was brought in to give another tattoo to an Ellen superfan who'd already gotten Ellen's face tattooed on his forearm.

No doubt DJ Tambe will continue appearing on Ink Master shows. In the meantime, he's continuing to tattoo at the shop he's worked at for over a decade, Las Vegas' Bad Apple, and at Nashville's Branded Tattoo Company, the shop he founded in  with fellow Ink Master winner Bubba Irwin. According to his website, Tambe is also busy in the worlds of fine art and digital art, and has even designed brand logos. When an artist has this much talent, he'd be a fool not to add some hyphens.

Daniel Silva

Silva first appeared on Ink Master: Angels. There, he won his place on the main Ink Master show, appearing in season 10 where he finished seventh. His story was a true American dream: He went from homeless teenager to tattoo artist to the stars. Silva was on an upward trajectory with the sky acting as his only limit.

Then, on May 10, , Silva crashed his McLaren LT. Silva's friend and passenger, YouTube star Corey La Barrie, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The two had been at a party, and, according to LAPD media relations officer Mike Lopez, Silva "was driving the car under the influence of alcohol."

The year-old Silva eventually pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. He was sentenced to days of jail, hours of community service, and five years of probation. He was released on October 8,

Ink Master Cast - Where Are They Now? Part 2

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A couple of minutes later, without raising the end of her lover, Aisula said that she felt bad and went to sleep in the next room (Aisula, unlike us. Had two adjacent rooms). In the meantime, Natasha began to hug Askar and he, removing his hand that had been lying on my waist, hugged Natasha in return and they began to kiss.

I do not know why, but I was seized by wild jealousy, although I was not going to start any relationship with Askar, but I was very faked.

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