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 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!

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.

She's brillante, everybidy says she's neurótico, butcher I believe Sarah tales Hernández Bob seriously.

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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.!

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.

The reason I even still watch ink master! Tommy is amazing.

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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

Simply the best

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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

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. :(

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

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7 Steve Tefft

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

8 Kyle Dunbar

This guy is a douche...

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

9 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.

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.

Untouchable he is

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The Newcomers

? Chris Shockley
? Tony Medellin

The Contenders

11 Erik Siuda
12 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.

13 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

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

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14 Jamie Davies
15 Ryan Ashley Malarkey

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

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

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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

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

Josh is an uncrowded inkmaster who u loved to hate and his next time up people had respect for the guy. The guy needs to get back on the show. He is a ratings catcher who can connect with early inkmaster fans and new.

19 James Vaughn
20 Matti Hixson
21 Kruseman

He won

22 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.

23 Tyler Nolan
24 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

25 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.

26 Megan Jean
27 Josh Woods
28 Mystical Mike

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

I died


REALLY?! pretty boy rich brat? idiots

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 Halo

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

31 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.

32 Craig Foster
33 Chris Blinston
34 Juan Salgado

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

35 Erik Campbell
36 Sausage
37 Noelin Wheeler
38 Bubba Irwin

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

39 Tiffer Wright

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.

40 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

41 Matt O'Baugh
42 Duffy Fortner
43 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

44 Mark "The Machine" Matthews

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

45 Josh Payne
46 Jimmy Snaz
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