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 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!

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

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.

UGH! I can't stand this jerk!

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2 Danger Dave - Season 9

He and Bang were in the bottom every elimination they were there. 4 times in a row. I would not let them get anywhere near me with a tattoo machine.

3 Sirvone - Season 8

Loved Sirvone! Spoke a lot of truth! Should not have been eliminated when he was!

4 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?

Actually got a tattoo by him a few years back and while he wasn’t as bad of a douche as he was on the show the tattoo is still subpar and the line work is shaky. I have to say though, he did have some what of a ‘I’m better then you’ aura around him that I noticed afterwards

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5 Tuff Tito - Season 8

He is dreadful. I think the judges have been showing favoritism towards him.

6 Tim - Season 5

I'm glad Cleen Rock one fired him

I really don't understand why anyone would get a tattoo from that guy. His artiatry just blows my mind (in a bad way). It just sucks. He can't draw porportion or good fundamentals tyat are appealing. Look at his pinup and geisha for example. Terrible face and hands.

7 Kevin - Season 8

He and the season 5 Mark have the worst competitive records out of anyone on the show. He has consistently been in the bottom yet he still manages to slip through the cracks every single time. How he's made it as far as he has is beyond me.

He outstayed his welcome.

8 Josh - Season 10

One word description this guy just yaps and yaps.Its only 3 episodes and I don't like him already.Honestly if this guy even goes to the finale,I will quit watching ink master.

9 Boneface - Season 8

As poor of a performer he is, you gotta admit that he said one of the best lines of the entire show: "Why do you look 50 when you're only 24? "

Attacking others for their looks rather than just focusing on tattooing. He produces clean tattoos, but he definitely isn't an artist - he can't draw up anything that looks decent.

He is the worst on ink master I hate bone face he is the worst he should have got eliminated the second he walked to the ink master place

10 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!

BITCH with no talent...

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The Contenders

11 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!

This season was marked by a consistent whining and double standard by the "girl's alliance". It was okay for them to target specific people and gang up, but when others did it to them, it was "unfair". Nikki was the worst of this group. She complained about everything, and she was smug as well as arrogant. Probably my least favorite season.

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!

One of the worst contestants in the whole series. Constantly complaining about everything, brought down the whole season

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12 Big Ceeze - Season 6

This dude is always complaining about the challenges, saying that they are not conducive to his style. It becomes utterly apparent that he is not a good tattoo artist.

Always making excuses for his poor performance. Glad we don't have to hear him complain about how the tattoos are out of his element anymore.

13 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.

14 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 absolutely could not stand this guy. He kept talking about playing mind games but in all reality he was just pathetic. He thinks he's some big bad ass because he's been to prison before. But all in all he was a weak tattoo artist and I'm surprised he made it for as long as he did.

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!

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15 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!

While the award for worst artist would go to Mystical Mike (seriously, it's like someone secretly stole all his talent and just replaced it with more ego), Sketchy is definitely the worst contender.

I mean seriously, quitting just because a couple of girls are doing something that most contenders have done throughout almost every season of Ink Master ever: using alliances as a strategy. Seriously, the noobs bonded against the vets, Chris worked with Tyler, Dave and Marissa to get perks, Allegory Arts with Unkindness a.o... But you know, the girls were mean to him, boohoo. What a wimp. He's worse than Josh (who lost 'cause he smoked pot which was explicitly against the rules, so the judges were forced to eliminate him). Josh was just stupid. Being weak is worse than being stupid. Go cry in a corner, Sketchy. Leave tattooing to actual badasses.
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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

Threw away the chance at $100,000 but was talking smack about girls being “too emotional”. What a loser.

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16 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!

Like Jimmy and Joey said Kyle should have gotten the 3rd spot

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17 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.

18 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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19 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.

Worst jerk ever.

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20 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?

21 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!

Totally agree she only won because she was female

22 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.

23 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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24 Dave - Season 8

Dave targeted the Girls Alliance because he was threatened by their talents. What Dave did after he won his first flash challenge was that he back stabbed Team Peck (mostly Ashley and Gia) to try and get in the way of getting the title of Ink Master.

Such a douchebag

25 Katie - Season 10

So annoying, she was such an arsekisser of Steve

She wouldn’t stop arguing with other people about their ego when HER Ego was so big even though she wasn’t even that good

She is so annoying, trying to shut down everybody about ego problems when most of them just have confidence which she does’nt. Wayyy too emotional for a competition like Ink Master, she isn’t a good tattoo artist and she ain’t a good person so I dislike her very much.

26 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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27 Sarah - Season 7

I say season 7 ONLY, because in season 2, she was amazing, passionate, a bit psycho at times, but one hell of a competitor. In season 7, she just wasn't performing to the caliber of the other artists, and ended up having a really short stay.

Her mouth is annoying. Her face is ugly. She is just all together the most annoying person that I've seen on this show. I've been hoping she'd fail since the beginning. Please just keep that ugly mug off the T.V.

A great tattoo artist. I refer to most people who tattoo as "tattooers". She is an artist in my opinion. I think she came back too cocky and it cost her. I would let her ink me anytime.

28 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

29 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

30 Nate - Season 8

His blatant admittance of not trying is the worst thing a tattooer can do, and it frankly disturbs me that a person would do this, I honestly thought he should go home in 6th

Admitting that you've been half-assing your tattoos the whole competition? Seriously?

31 Chris - Season 6

Horrible attitude. It's a good thing he's a talented tattoo artist, because I can't stand this guy. Also, is it possible for him to go a single episode without mentioning that he's a marine?

I think it's also worth mentioning he got arrested for allegedly strangling his daughter a couple years after the show.

News flash, Chris-REAL marines would not stab others in the back.

Drink every time he mentions he is a marine lol

horrible person though... that poor girl who had to sit through the leopard tattoo must of been in agony, I bet he couldn't sit and take that

32 Christian - Season 7

My fiance was one of Christian's canvases on season 7. She tells me that he's really the gentle giant type and one of the nicest people in real life. His attitude is just an angle for the show, and it works. Her tattoo is amazingly done as are all the rest of his. He is experienced, consistent, and totally has what it takes to be Ink Master. You're out of your damn mind if you think he belongs on this list with these other people!

I am beyond tired of his attitude! And to think Sausage is this guy's boss! If he's this obsessed with alliances, then he should have applied for Survivor or Big Brother, not Ink Master.

I don't know what you guys were expecting. If you had watched the teasers and trailers before the season, you could easily tell right from the get-go that Christian was going to be the villain of the season.


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33 Amanda - Season 11

How she's made it all the way to the final 6 is beyond me. She's been on borrowed time for like 5 episodes now.

I have lost a lot of respect for Amana because she has been docked for 5 times and is now in the final 5. But she also turned on Chris. Look at report cards, chris has been more consistent and more powerful tattoos then Amanda. And somehow chris goes home? what

34 Bili - Season 1

His attitude was horrible. He viewed himself as doing no wrong with his tattoos. And putting the clocks hands at 5:55 ( the time he was born) without his canvases knowledge?... wrong move.

35 Matt - Season 6

I was extremely disappointed, as well as shocked to see that he did not get sent home forwwhat was supposed to be a Victorian lace tattoo that we all know turned out looking like a sad, ugly black bandana to put it nicely. The neck is not an easy place to receive a tattoo, and this poor lady will have to sit through a cover up of some sort to hide this extremely dark mess he left on her neck. I thought she showed great restraint when facing him after they voted her tattoo the worst of the day. Eric may not have done a neck tattoo that looked like Victorian lace on the gentleman he chose to tattoo, but there was absolutely no reason to send him home over Matt. As far as I was concerned personally, Matt and Katie could have left at the same time so I would have sent them home long before Katie was eliminated.

It was quite shocking to see that he didn't get sent home for his black bandana tattoo. The person who got the tattoo even showed it on Facebook a month after it healed and it looked like a complete mess. I really thought he'd be one of the top contenders at first, but now he's pretty much falling apart.

What happened to that poor girl, I have never been so sad for someone. That episode started on such a great note and ended on the lowest I have seen in all the seasons.

I totally agree. I couldn't believe they sent Erik home over Matt. At least Erik's was dope not mention fixable

36 Gia - Season 8

All she did was slink around and act like she was as good as the other woman on the show but she wasn't. I kept waiting for her to show some good work but watching paint dry is far more entertaining. Don't bring her back. Just let her fade away like the looks that got her on the show will.

Hate her attitude it's just stupid how she acts, and she has stupid black out tattoos on her forearms

37 Bang - Season 9

Bad attitude. Also, not only are she and Danger Dave incapable of working together as a team, but they just can't tattoo.

38 Lil' D - Season 10

Another one of those old experience guys, who never did solid tattoos. " I haVE bEen DoiNG thIS fOr TWenTY YEars anD I havE WaY moRE exPERIENce thAN AnY oF TheSE KidS. " Really? Then why were you borrowed four times?

My condolences to all the canvases (victims) he tattooed on the show. He lasted longer than he really should have.

So far, DJ is a horrible coach. Choosing Lil' D to be on one of the teams was his first mistake.

39 Daniel - Season 10

Extremely cocky, can't tattoo anything but circles and straight lines. Hope he loses soon.

Overrated barbie

His voice sounds like a 4 year old with a poo poo in their pants. The best moment of this whole season was when one of the other contestants said “Someone needs an adult” in reference to Daniel being let out of kindergarten too early. I had to watch that multiple times, too funny.

Can’t stand this pouty imbecile.

40 Jason - Seasons 3 & 5

I KNEW there was a reason I hated this guy when he was on both seasons. I had to mute him every time he opened his mouth to get through every episode. How dare he say all of that horrible stuff to his client! Not only is he unprofessional he's apparently a GINORMOUS douche and a misogynist on top of that! I can't believe he even added "typical woman" after throwing a hurl of insults at this girl. Well dude, you're a typical grade-A douchebag and I hope your career plummeted after this episode aired

What the hell was he thinking when he was on Ink Master Redemption?! The way he treated his canvas was beyond unprofessional! Any respect I had for him during the previous seasons of the show is now lost.

Come on man! He sucked!

Cleen Rock one was the best Jason clay Dunn was the worst he ruined season 5

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41 JP - Season 11

Couldn't even make a half-decent tattoo since he entered the competition. It's a wonder that he managed to beat out somebody else to get a spot on the show in the first place.

Oh the jitters get to me blah blah blah. He sucks and has never shown good quailty tattoos.

42 Mark - Season 2

The elephant tattoo was from the season 5 Mark, not this Mark.

I can't stand his unfounded "better-than-thou" attitude. Ugh!

I still can't get over that godawful pin-up he did.

Sorry.. wrong Mark...I meant this for St.Marc

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43 Cee Jay - Season 2

Two words: misspelled tattoo.

She sure got mouthy in the New Year's episode when she was about to get eliminated. Also, in that episode, her tattoo had 'I' as a Roman numeral 4 instead of 'IV'. Good to see she hasn't learned from her mistakes.

I meant to say four 'I's instead of 'IV', not a single 'I'. For some reason it TTT changed this.

44 Kyle - Seasons 3 & 4

What an absolutely abhorrent personality this guy has! First, he physically assaults Nunez, then he blows a fuse at his canvas on Ink Master Redemption. Not only is this guy a subpar tattooer, but he also does not seem like a nice person at all.

If he was a good guy, he would've been like me: good guy with a short fuse...notice how I said 'If'. - Nick-brick8

45 Lalo - Season 2
46 Katie - Season 6

She has no class and no respect for anyone besides Matt. It's fitting that their shop is named "Black Cobra Tattoos" because Matt and especially Katie are a couple of snakes.

She's not really a bad tattoo artist, but she really annoys the hell out of me.

Annoying as hell and she's too full of herself

"She is a snake in the grass" ha ha nailed it

47 Shane O'Neill - Season 1

Horrible attitude. He believed himself to be the best just because he was very well known. If he didn't win the challenges he would throw a pissy tantrum after and talk smack about everyone's work. Huge ego and lack of color. His tattoos were always black and grey; barely any color. He always stayed in his comfort zone and rarely did something different. The contest rigged; felt like his win was secured early on in the competition

48 Jeremy - Season 10

I hate this guy. No way Daniel got home before this loser. A weak link with weird tattoos

49 Mark - Season 5

He has consistently been in the bottom. I'm surprised he has actually survived all the way to the final 7.

How did he make it all the way to the top four? Just HOW?

50 Kruseman - Season 6

Started out as a top contender, but now he's continuously ending up in the bottom. He thinks he can get away with not doing the challenge or just playing it safe, but these only end up costing him. He's only still in the competition pretty much because of favoritism (It still annoys me how they send Miami home for not doing the challenge, yet they keep Kruseman over Earl even though he didn't do the challenge)

If you can't do portraits then you're not a master!


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