You Won't Believe What Went Down During the Premiere
By Matthew R Hayes
The Ink Master franchise frequently switches the structure of the show. They have created an all new format for Season 10. This season, 24 potential contestants compete for 18 spots in the competition. The 18 artists that remain will compete in three teams of six. Each team is coached by a former Ink Master winner.
The three returning masters are: Season 2 winner, Steve Tefft, Season 7 winner, Anthony Michaels, and Season 9 winner, DJ Tambe. The masters will guide the contestants in their quest for $100,000 while also competing amongst themselves for an additional $100,000.
The newly named Paramount Network is not pinching pennies! RIP Spike.
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To begin Episode 1, the artists are brought to the world-famous Coney Island. Ink Master really has a thing for Coney Island; almost once a season it hosts a challenge. With all the changes to the show this year, the familiarity of the location was welcome.
After the returning masters, judges, and 24 potential contestants are introduced, the first challenge begins. The artists were asked to present a tattoo of their choice with no restrictions on subject or style. The first challenge, Dave Navarro explains, is judged blindly. The judges and masters don’t know which tattoo belongs to which artist when they begin choosing teams.
The top nine tattoos of the day are debated during deliberation. Those top nine tattoos guarantee tge artists places in the Ink Master house.