It's safe to say that the 13th season of "Ink Master" was unlucky from the start. On January 7th, 2020, the night of the premiere, judge Oliver Peck stepped down from his position after photos of him wearing blackface hit social media. Now, after whittling the competition down to the top three tattoo artists, Paramount Network announced that a live finale would not be held due to COVID-19.
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic," a statement from the network reads, "governmental orders to stay home and shelter, and for the safety of the Artists, Judges, Canvases and the Crew, the Ink Master Turf War Finale could not move forward."
Typically, a live finale is held months after filming of the season had stopped, in which contestants present a six hour tattoo from that day as well as two 25-hour master canvas tattoos—which are done in multiple sessions in their hometown. From the top three, the top two are determined by the judges on the strength of the six-hour tattoo, and then the winner is determined from the master canvas. The prizes for winning "Ink Master" is $100,000, a feature in Inked Magazine and the title of Ink Master.
This season, contestants were divided based on region and four returning contestants joined the competition for another shot at the title. In the end, the final three were veteran artist Jimmy Snaz of team East, veteran artist Angel Rose of team West and rookie artist Bob Jones of team West. However, despite finishing their master canvas tattoos in preparation for the finale, a winner will not be chosen this season.
"'Ink Master' congratulates the talented Artists who fought their way to the Top Three," the statement reads. "Since we were unable to crown an Ink Master, each of the Finalists have received a cash prize."
"Ink Master" will reveal the artist's master canvases on social media at 7pm EST on April 15th, but as of now, there will be no further judging for this season. This is the first time in the history of the franchise that a winner has not been selected, but the current circumstances wouldn't be safe for the judges, artists, canvases or audience members at this time.
Many fans have shared their responses to the news on social media, with many expressing that they wanted Jimmy Snaz to be crowned the champion. What do you think of Ink Master's decision? Which of the three remaining artists did you want to win the grand prize? Let us know your thoughts on this story on social media.