Top 10 Worst Ink Master Contestants

With the new season, Ink Master Rivals airing tonight, let's choose the worst of the contestants, whether they couldn't tattoo, or they had the worst attitudes. As the new season airs, there will probably be more to come and more contestants to add. Feel free to express your thoughts.

The Top Ten

1 Mystical Mike - Season 3

I have no idea why Mike was even on Ink Masters. I have looked through his portfolio, only being able to struggle through roughly 15 photos, finding inconsistancies in each tattoo I viewed. As far as all of the Hoopla regarding his vocabulary, I am at a total loss. I fully believe he must have Word of the Day toilet paper, choosing one or two words to use per day, and obviously not looking at the definitions of these words in full, as he misused words more than once. As far as his looks, I suppose someone has to brag about him being a good looking person to try to convince others. I do not see anyone else banging down any doors to apply for the job of boosting his ego and narcissism, so I can only presume this is why he seems to be the only one continually patting himself on the back for his looks, his vocabulary, his tattoos, as well as being delusional enough to believe that he is (in his words) one of the best tattoo artist in the world. I find this nothing short of absurd, ...more

Pretentious AND misused vocabulary is always the first sign of wanting to compensate for a lack intelligence. Worst, it is always a vice born out of anxiety of people finding out where you're really at intellectually. It's always the use of simple language to express your grand ideas that best shows just how smart you are. Yes, substance. NOT wordiness. This clown is the living version of the 'In Living Color' sketch "Booked on Phonics".

All talk but no skills. Unlike the others on this list, he really did not try to do any better. Kay may have been big mouthed and combative but he did learn from the critics he received. Mike seemed to want his work to Mystically be great but he did not have the talent to back it up. What is Mystical about Mike is how he got on Ink Masters in the first place?


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2 Emily - Season 5

My lord she is annoying she talks to everyone but the second she gets a bad critique she starts shaking and crying. I so hope she goes home. Her tattooing ability is average relative to the contestants.

I hated her since the first episode. All she is is talk and run her mouth all through out the season. I never really had a problem with the other, but she really is annoying. I wished she was eliminated earlier in the season, so I did not have to listen to her talk. Sometimes I wanted to go through the T.V. and slap her.

She even considers herself the Wicked Witch of tattooing. Not only is she fully aware that her attitude on the show was abysmal, but she also has no shame about it!

Runs her mouth off like a complete brat but as soon as she messed up and people criticized her she couldn't handle it.

Had no sympathy for her when she was 'ill'.

After seeing her in the show I would NEVER set foot in her studio. With her on screen attitude I'm shocked anyone would regardless of what she's like irl.

every time she was on screen I wanted to punch her. If the rest of the show wasn't so good I'd skip until she got eliminated.

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3 St. Marq - Season 6

If he is brought back for season 7 I won't watch it. He is a mediocre one trick pony at best. I was surprised he didn't choke on his own ego...I never thought I would see someone more annoying than Emily, but here he is!

In all honesty I thought that he was pretty good but clearly nowhere near what he claimed to be. Yeah, he stirred the pot on the show but I couldn't help but imagine his whole bravado not rubbing people the wrong way.

This guy is such a delusional egomaniac! It was so satisfying to see Chris knock the self-proclaimed "tattoo god" off his high horse.

So annoying! "Hey I'm a tattoo God ". Uhh! Hate him so Much. I laughed so hard on the live when the audience booed him! He's so annoying

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4 Nikki - Season 8

I hated her the most in Season 8. She constantly complains about her canvas. Her team tried to give her a canvas that they thought she liked but she still complained. She says that the better artist should be given harder canvases yet when she is given a hard canvas she complains and says that they should give the weak artist hard canvases!

Tired of the constant comparison of herself to the other artists, whining about getting "difficult" canvasses, followed by one after another types of tattoos she doesn't master needs to be able to do it all!

All the girls were annoying and whiny in Season 8 and made the show more of a crying ass soap opera. Geez out of all the girls she was most annoying. I hope no watches their new show and it gets canceled

Irritating beyond belief. Nikki thinks she's the Queen of Tattooing, despite the fact that she's still got a lot to learn. Her nonsensical gender play made me want throw something through the T.V.! She has skills in the tattoo arena, but her attitude and her mouth are a colossal turn off. I'd never get tattooed by her.

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5 Kay Kutta - Season 2

Worst dude, kept talking smack despite the fact that he honestly was not doing anything to back up all his bragging about how he was the best.

I've never seen anyone else on the show as big-mouthed or insecure as Kay. He's all bark and no bite. All he would do is run his mouth, and he didn't even have the skill to back himself up. No way he should have made it as far as he did, and he probably would have been the first to go if Cee Jay didn't misspell 'Corinthians' on her tattoo.

No matter the other tattoos he made in this season, I WOULD NEVER EVER IN MY LIFE GET TATTOOED BY HIM!

Big mouth ass hat

6 Sketchy Lawyer - Season 8

His battleship mouth wrote checks his tugboat tail couldn't cash! At that point in the show, he had to face the fact that his weak-ass work (like that horrid "Family" head tattoo) just was NOT going to keep him there... as evidenced by the critiques... and his mind games with the women weren't working either. Plus, he'd made so many openly misogynistic remarks that he just couldn't bear the thought of being sent home while there were still women there, kicking ass... so the whiny baby quit! Good riddance, I say!

Love that he said a woman couldn't be Ink Master because the were "too emotional", right before rage-quitting himself 'cause he couldn't bare the thought of losing against one of the girls

He's a punk. He tried saying the women were emotional and weak. When in reality he was. And his final episode when he knew he was going to be targeted by one of the girls he tucks tail and runs. He's a weak, emotional, mouthy little punk.

Sketchy lawyer was my favorite I can't believe he quit Cleen Rock one is the best who agrees

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7 Tatu Baby - Season 3

I say season 3 ONLY, because she was great during season 2. In season 3, she did good a few times, but other than that, she was consistently in the bottom, yet she still made it to the finals somehow. She even considered quitting in the middle of the competition, but the judges talked her out of it. No way she should have lasted as long as she did that season.

So can't even put together a tat machine. Come on people what.

I agree totally. She lost the plot in season 3. They kept her ( I believe) to save face!

She definitely has skills, but she just kept doing bad tattoos for some reason. disappointing.

8 Randy - Season 4

He keeps blaming the judges not liking him on being gay. No one cares that he's gay, he just kept producing bad tattoos.

I got the tattoo and I am not happy with it. Worst part the world knows about it

He gave gay men a bad name, I work in a female dominated industry, when I stuff up I don't blame being gay or male I just buck up and use it to make me better

3 not 5

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9 Joshua - Seasons 3 & 5

Josh is extremely talented, and one of my favorite artists to ever appear on Ink Master. If he wasn't removed from season 5 due to smoking pot for anxiety issues, it would've been Josh vs Clean in the finale.

This guy is a douchebag, plain and simple. I can't believe they would bring him back for another season. Just goes to show you they care more about the drama than the ink.

When I posted this comment, this was before the 5th season even began. Seeing how Josh was much more tolerable in season 5, this comment is now pretty much outdated.

Josh is a cheat he cheated he wasn't good anyway he was annoying he insulted Cleen Rock one

A post earlier summed him up in one word: Douchebag.

10 Maddie - Season 3

Just checked out what she's been up to since I'm and whoa has girl been busy! Arrested twice on domestic violence charges against her boyfriend and thrown behind bars. I'm sure she's out now, but it won't be long given her track record. Maybe she should invest in some anger management therapy or some form of couples counseling

She could not make a decent tattoo to save her life!

Really bad tattoo artist... I would be devastated if I had a tattoo from her.

The Newcomers

? Daniel - Season 10
? Katie - Season 10

The Contenders

11 Gentle Jay - Season 4

Good tattooer but has a horrible attitude. I've met tattooers like him. He's the type that would want to change your idea into his own. That's not what tattooers are supposed to do. The good ones admit that they want to bring your vision to ink. Not change it to their own.

Says everybody is looking for a free tattoo. He is supposed to be there to show he's the best tattoo artists, not the biggest jerk

Very whiny, I think he made it to the end based on luck. No way he was better than his rival in season 5, he just lucked out that Josh got sent home.

Bad attitude! I wouldn't let him near me and if he talked to me like he did on I.M.,I would have been arrested for assault.

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12 Roland - Season 4

The problem most people have is they're looking for overall skill across the bored. Line work, saturation, etc. forgetting that certain artists choose to specialize in one style. Roland is a bad ass Hawaiian tribal artist that is extremely popular on the big island. His work is impeccable. Just because he can't do biomechanical tattoos, doesn't mean he can't tattoo.

He was treacherous! He lacked the artistic talent given to a kindergarten school child given finger paints. He should be banned from tattooing!

Like Maddie, he's been consistently in the bottom, and he just can't tattoo. Just look at the cat tattoo he made in the first episode.

Not sure how he even thought he could make it through the rest of the competition. I've picked up a machine twice and executed better tattoos.

Why was he allowed to compete in the first place? Who thought it would be a good idea to let someone who lacks any artistic ability onto a show to show off skill when he lacks any at all?

13 Ryan Ashley - Season 8

Shouldn't be on here. Her tattoos are amazing.

Just kept saying that woman aren't getting a fair treatment and I don't belive that

I really wish she wouldn't stir up drama, because she has a lot of talent and potential.


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14 Al - Season 1

He has such a big mouth, without the tattooing skills to back it up.

He's rude, annoying, obnoxious and his style is so pedestrian it hurts

Would never get a tat from this guy. How can you think those were gates!

15 Ashley - Season 4

She needs to stop blaming her whining on the fact that she's a girl. No sugar, "girls" don't do that. YOU do that. Don't lump me in the same group as you because we both have a vagina. She was emotionally unstable and clearly expects to get a free pass for every failure because she's female. Just no integrity at all. Ugh.

She was in way over her head. She started crying and quit the competition before the judges gave their critique of her tattoo because she couldn't handle the pressure. Whiny and pathetic.

16 Alex - Season 7

I hate this punk kid so much and will be clapping when he goes home. He's like some defensive 17 year old trying to prove himself to a bunch of adults who've been in the game since before he was potty trained. He can't take critiques without getting an attitude and blowing off whatever someone says to him (I mean look at his intro, he's even got the attitude there! ). He may have good technical skills, but without artistic talent it doesn't mean squat. The only time I've liked St. Marq was when he went off on him for being an outright douche to Sausage. Props to Marq for not smashing the kid into the ground because I couldn't have held back on his punk a**.

He throws tantrums! He rolls his eyes and huffs like a child and he's subpar at best, it's actually sort of sad. Why are you in this competition if you're just going to show America how disgusting your personality is?

He makes nothing but excuses for his poor attitude and even poorer performance. Get this kid off the air already

He looks like a skinny hipster Cleen Rock One. But at least Cleen can back up his cockiness with good work. Alex can't do that to save himself.

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17 Dave - Season 8

Such a douchebag

18 Scott - Season 4

I'm not going to deny that he's bloody talented, but his attitude and arrogance are the worst. He only won on the show and on the special because the judges pretty much have a crush on him.

He didn't die of an overdose. He had an undiagnosed heart condition. - Holly812

Incorrect. A preliminary autopsy said that the death was caused by a heart condition, but a month and a half later, another autopsy revealed and confirmed that he had died from an accidental heroin overdose. - ResistOppression

I agree. This season was certainly a fix.

You know he died of a heroin overdose in a hotel room right?

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19 Ashley - Season 7

Glad she's gone. She ended up in the bottom every time she was there and never took blame for her mistakes. If you keep doing bad tattoos, talking your way out of them and making excuses isn't going to save you.

She got eliminated because of her Pastry Chef Hero Girl. The problem is that I love baking!

I meant that the tattoo was just ridiculous!

Every piece she did were just awful. She couldn't do a straight line, her compositions were way off, and she didn't understand basic anatomy. I'm surprised she lasted as long as she did. Based on pure skill, not T.V. quality, she would've been gone first challenge. Atrocious

20 B-TAT - Season 1

The very first contestant that was eliminated on Ink Master.

As soon as I saw his tats at the introduction I knew he would be the first to be voted away.
His skull is absolute horror and looks like someone doing his first tattoo.

Scratcher basically... didn't he say he tattoos out the back of his truck o.O

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