First-Ever Tattoo Competition Series

Spike TV has tapped Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to host InkMaster, the first-ever tattoo competition series, TVGuide.com has learned.

The show — executive-produced by Charlie Corwin and Jay Peterson, the team behind LA Ink, Miami Ink and NY Ink — will feature the nation’s top tattoo artists competing in challenges to win a $100,000 grand prize and a feature in Inked magazine. The challenges will test the artists’ technical proficiency as well as their on-the-spot creativity.

Besides his hosting duties, Navarro will serve as a judge alongside tattoo experts Chris Nunez (Miami Ink) and Oliver Peck, the owner of Dallas’ Elm Street Tattoo and former flame of Kat Von D. The customers’ satisfaction with their tattoos will also play a large role in the judging.

InkMaster is slated to premiere its eight-episode first season in January 2012.

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