Best Ink Master Contestants


The Top Ten

1 Sarah Miller

Not to mention she is hot

Sarah has a great personality, I've known her for years, and she is naturally pleasant and cheerful! Her artistic skills are also top notch. She only reacted like a human being when pressured to anyone's breaking point on the show, and she was so strong to have made it to the final. I think she deserved the win, and her own spin-off series!

Sarah is an authentic artist, and a human with a lion heart. She is the best at what she does and if you are lucky enough to know this for yourself, you must not be so bad. She is the real deal.

Sarah is not only an amazing artist but a wonderful person as well. The show focused on stressful times and I'm sorry more people didn't get to see the real Sarah. Check out her website, follow her fan page, impressive to say the least!

2 Tommy Helm

I love Tommy Helm's work, he is so versatile. all you have to do is give him an idea and he does a great job.

Tommy has his own style in a way. He puts his heart and soul into his tattoos and that's what I love most about them. As I watched through the season he has a style that makes it easy to tell he had done the tattoo. I would love to get tattooed by him one day.!

Excellent in his ideas original and his cover ups are amazing

Tommy has been my All Time Favorite contestant from the first show. I was appalled that he didn't win. I still maintain that his work was far better than Shane's on the final canvases.

3 Cleen Rock One

Very positive

He's the best

The Best

Simply the best

4 Joey Hamilton

His Catwoman and GG Bridge were masterpieces

Why is Jime higher than Joey? Jime was a one-trick pony. Almost every single tattoo he did was new school. Joey was consistent throughout the competition as well, but he nailed a variety of styles.

5 Jime Litwalk

My favorite Ink master contestant by far. Very well-skilled, plus, not really mean or something. I was so happy, when he won Cristmas special!

He is awesome

Jime got robbed, should have won his finale tat, one of the best new school artists in the game.

6 Scott Marshall

The best artist I've seen in the show, no wonder why he beat the other ink masters in that special episode.
R.I.P. Scott

Scott may be able to tattoo, but he's an egotistical scumbag, and that kind of evil seeps into the tattoos.

The only tattoo I've ever really liked by him was his master canvas.

Apparently, Scott had a heart condition and he died in his sleep.R.I.P. Scott. My condolences to his family and friends. :(

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7 Steve Tefft

Kick ass artist.

Met him at his shop! Such a sweet guy. His ink is supreme!

8 Clint Cummings

However put that he shouldn't be there, he's dead and you have no respect for him.

Clint was a little b! Tch-ass punk, and an average tattooer at best! He definitely shouldn't be on here.

R.I.P. Clint. He passed away from cancer. My condolences to his friends and family.

9 Kyle Dunbar

This guy is a douche...

He is one of the biggest B... On the show!

10 Shane O'Neill

I consider him to be the best artist to go through ink master, regardless of people saying all he did was black & grey, he didn't have a single bad tattoo.

The most successful tattoo artist.

He is the best one of all. Shane is a tattoo god.

He is the best one ever. Shane is a tattoo god.


The Contenders

11 Erik Siuda
12 Anthony Michaels

He is one of the best tattooers to compete on this show. The fact that he outclassed design specialist with only 5 years of experience at the time is remarkable.

Consistent, humble, not arrogant but confident in himself. Great tattoos.

He is a amazing tattooer, he is also not cocky.

What he did in his season with only 5 years of experience was extraordinary

13 Tatu Baby

She was awesome on season 2. Too bad she went on a downward spiral on season 3.

Ella es de las mejores! arriesgo en la temporada 2 para no ir a seguro y por eso no la llevaron a la final.

Ella merecia el titulo de ink master en la temporada e.

14 Jamie Davies
15 Ryan Ashley Malarkey

LOVE her black and grey realism

Would love to have her tattoo me,lost my son to suicide in 2007

She's so amazing! She can handle any challenge even if she specializes in black and grey. My goal is to be tattooed by her!

Ryan Ashley is going to be this year's Ink Master!

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16 Walter "Sausage" Frank

He is not only an amazing artist, but he is so sweet! I watched an entire season just because he was on it! Well... And because I love Ink Master... - Flowersocks2137

He is definitely the most kindest, sweetest contestant. Plus I love his skill set and name!

This man is my favorite contest ever. His work amazes me every single time

Sausage was Very good.

17 DJ Tambe

When he first showed up, I knew his name sounded familiar. Then I remembered he was the runner-up of Best Ink, and since then I've had high hopes for him, and he did not disappoint. He's done just as good in Ink Master as he did in Best Ink, and I'm excited to see him in the finale! Really hope he and Bubba win!

He knows what he's doing, he has the skill and the experience. He might not be the "nicest" person on the show but honestly it's a reality show.

18 Joshua Hibbard

There shouldn't be a more controversial elimination than this one and I'm telling you with common sense, because it's never been talked about in any other episode of what happened during his elimination, we never got details like if he smoked weed before or after making his tattoo, not even on the finale of Season 5. Spike and the show decided to play blind and washed their hands off the entire subject like it never happened. It's even more despiseful that they decided to eliminate him just because they paid attention to something he brought with himself to the competition that it's healthy and non-harmful(i bet that he used it only on his free time), also don't you think that he still has a lot of hidden potential we can watch out of him, which means he deserves to return on a season. He won best tattoo of the day 4 times on Season 5 and won the New years Ink Special.

Hated him in season 3! He was much better in season 5, though. Such a shame he got himself taken out of the competition for violating his contract. He could have easily made it to the finals in season 5, blowing all of those other talentless clowns out of the water.

Shame he got booted for smoking. Was my fave for the season

Josh was an awesome artist and if he didn't get kicked out he wouldve been ink master

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19 James Vaughn
20 Matti Hixson
21 Tony Medellin

The ink warrior master winner. Well done

22 Kruseman

He won

23 Christian Buckingham

Although he was one of the most unlikable contestants throughout his season, I think he did the best tattoos in the finale and that he probably should have won based on those 2 tattoos.

Terrible personality, but he definitely has skills.

People call him a villain, but at the end of the day, it’s reality T.V. for one and for two, he was a strategist that was in it for the game as much as the tattoos which is commendable

24 Gian Karle Cruz

Gian is going to be a ink master champion.

Beautiful work.

I really think he could have and should have won. He was one of the most versatile artists, capable of making awesome tattos regardless of style.

25 Megan Jean
26 Chris Shockley
27 Tyler Nolan
28 Mystical Mike

If he's in the top 20, I swear to GOD


REALLY?! pretty boy rich brat? idiots

Are you kidding?! Mystical Mike is the worst contestant to have ever been on the show!

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29 Kelly Doty

She is an amazing artist, who should have been ink master not Ryan Ashley

She shouldn't get eliminated gian should have I love ink master

30 Erin Chance

Let's make one thing clear: Doom Kitten would be nothing without Erin. She alone has the potential to make it all the way through the competition. Let's just hope that Doom Kitten doesn't end up weighing her down, as the way I see it, he's riding Erin's coattails to the end similar to how Bubba is with DJ.

31 Josh Woods
32 Chris Blinston
33 Bubba Irwin

Nah this guy is terrible. Only won because he rode DJ's coattails to the end.

One of the most improved artists on the show. Even if he's getting help from DJ, I still think he's come a long way and has learned from his past mistakes. And I admire the fact that he's at least trying to keep up with DJ

34 Juan Salgado

Good Performance all season long! and his Master Canvas was more legible, and beautiful than Josh's! he get robbed!

35 Tiffer Wright

He got robbed

Best tattooer I have ever seen. every time on the top 2 for tattoo of the day. 2 in a row for tattoo of the day.

36 St. Marq

Just because he is arrogant doesn't mean he is talentless.

Is this a joke?

37 Halo

He not only did beautiful color work, He has such a lovable personality

38 Jesse Smith

Glad he is in the new season! I loves his style and he is a kind person too, which is rare on this show...

Amazing artist all around, can't wait to see him on T.V. again, I've not watched Ink master since season 2 ended, I just hope the show has improved in the meantime.

39 Craig Foster
40 Josh Payne
41 Teej Poole

Started out below-average, but then became a real front-runner in the latter half of the competition.

The dude can put black and gray and is awesome at color

42 Erik Campbell
43 Sausage
44 Matt O'Baugh
45 Eric Gonzalez

Eric just got straight-up robbed. First the judges eliminate Gia using the whole "report card" as their reasoning, then they eliminate Eric over one bad tattoo despite him being one of the best contestants of his season. He needs to be brought back to compete for another season, because that elimination was complete BS

46 Noelin Wheeler
47 Mark "The Machine" Matthews

He’s got the worst personality & his art is the worst

Is this a joke? Mark sucked. His pin-up was even on Tattoo Nightmares.

48 Jimmy Snaz
49 Fon
50 Dani Ryan
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1. Tommy Helm
2. Jime Litwalk
3. Joey Hamilton
1. Sarah Miller
2. Scott Marshall
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