Best Ink Master Contestants

The Top Ten

1 Sarah Miller

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!

Sure she may have had a bad attitude at times, but at least she wasn't arrogant, egotistical, or condescending like some of the other artists. Plus, she was actually quite talented.

2 Tommy Helm

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.!

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.

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

He has been the most adaptable tattoo artist on the show. He always gets his tattoos right and he doesn't lack in experience or anything at all. Plus he just seems like a chill guy overall. How wouldn't he be the best ink master contestant ever?

Should have won season 5. Looking forward to seeing him compete again, though.

I just can't help but love Cleen, he is an amazing artist and I would love to get a tattoo by him. All round my favorite artist/competitor in Ink Master history

I would love to be tattooed by Cleen. His tattoos were so well done he is the first person to even make me want a tattoo. I think he got cheated out of ink master.

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

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

He is awesome

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!

6 Scott Marshall

The best ink master ever! Such a shame he passed away. His talent was above and beyond. My favorite ink master by far

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. :(

7 Steve Tefft

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

Kick ass artist.

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

Dude was consistent, strong and shown to have some creative strengths, I feel as though he got lost though as I never found a connection to him.

12 Anthony Michaels

Considering he's a self-taught tattooer with only 5 years experience, his performance so far has been very impressive.

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.

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

Should be number 1, was the best most consistent of any artist of any season

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

She is the QUEEN of this show, her Black and Grey is second to nobody on the show so far, and she is shown to be capable of so much more in her final canvas and the water color and space tattoo she did earlier in her season.

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!

LOVE her black and grey realism

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.

He is an amazing artist.

Best

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

19 James Vaughn
20 Matti Hixson
21 Tony Medellin

The ink warrior master winner. Well done

22 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

23 Kruseman

He won

24 Kelly Doty

Beautiful artwork and one of the most creative contestants

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

I would kill for a tattoo from her.

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

25 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.

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

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

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

what

I died

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 Bubba Irwin

Bubba gets accused of riding DJ's coat tails, but I feel he earned his win. The artist explained how he was studying a new subject every night and when he competed in the veterans part of season 12, he was my personal favorite because it was reception doing the hexagon patterns that got him eliminated in his first season.

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

32 Tiffer Wright

Was rooting for him throughout the season. He should have won most definitely.

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.

33 Halo

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

34 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.

35 Josh Woods
36 Chris Blinston
37 Juan Salgado

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

38 St. Marq

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

Is this a joke?

39 Craig Foster
40 Erik Campbell

I think he had some strong showings and just needed a bit more experience.

41 Josh Payne
42 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

43 Dani Ryan

She was a fantastic artist, with such little experience and making great choices, if she ever returns to the competition I have no doubt she would win.

44 Sausage
45 Matt O'Baugh
46 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

47 Noelin Wheeler
48 Mark "The Machine" Matthews

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

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

49 Jimmy Snaz
50 Fon
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