Ink Master Returns With Shop Wars

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The Hit Reality Television Competition Returns to TV With It's Ninth Season

Last night, "Ink Master: Shop Wars" premiered on Spike and the competition is already like you've never seen it before. This season the tables have been turned on the artists, as the entire competition will be done in teams. The teams are comprised of two artists from the same tattoo shop and the partner dynamics include married couples, shop rivals, as well as owners and employees. With this new theme comes a whole new set of rules and prizes: including a $200,000 prize, a feature in Inked Magazine, and the title of Master Shop. That's right, week by week pairs will be eliminated as a shop until only one is left standing. And oh yeah, there's one more thing. Each week when a shop is eliminated, a new shop will take their place and the competition will change dramatically from week to week with new artists making their mark. Now, let's get into more about the first episode of what is expected to be the most dramatic season to date.

Photo via Viacom Media

Photo via Viacom Media

Photo via Viacom Media