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TEASER TRAILER: ‘Ink Master: Angels’ with Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey premieres Oct. 3

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Announced back in March, new Spike TV show “Ink Master: Angels,” starring Shavertown resident and Kingston tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey, was originally going to air as a special before it was revealed in June that it would be expanding into a full series. Now, the “Ink Master” spin-off has an official premiere date and a colorful teaser trailer that gives fans their first look at the show.

Becoming the first female “Ink Master” in the live Season 8 finale late last year, Malarkey proved to be a breakout star but was also aided by an alliance of the top female competitors – Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson, and Gia Rose – throughout the season. This inspired the all-female “Ink Master: Angels,” where they “travel the country and go head-to-head against some of America’s most talented tattoo artists – male and female – to see if they have what it takes to beat the ‘Angels’ and earn a spot on Season 10 of ‘Ink Master.'”

Releasing the above promo last week, showing all four ladies sprouting wings as they explain the premise of the show, “Ink Master: Angels” is set to premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. and will run for 10 episodes on Spike.

“‘Ink Master: Angels’ has been the experience of a lifetime! Some may have even considered it ‘heavenly.’ I am so thrilled and excited for everyone to watch all of our adventures unfold,” Malarkey posted on her Instagram.

“As the ‘Ink Master’ franchise continues to grow, we are thrilled to work with Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson, and Gia Rose on ‘Ink Master: Angels,’” Chachi Senior, senior vice president of alternative programming and development at Spike/Paramount Network, said in a recent press release.

“The fan-favorite females of Season 8 will add a new voice to the franchise and help us discover the best artists around the country.”

The “Angels” even flew out to Inglewood, California to promote the show at the MTV Video Music Awards last night:

Holy. Shit. @inkmasterangels @spikeinkmaster @spiketv @kellydotylovessoup @nikkisimpsontattoos @janedoelatex

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Malarkey, who is known for her intricate black and gray tattoos, is the co-owner of The Strange and Unusual oddities parlor (with her fiancé Joshua Balz, former keyboardist for Scranton metal band Motionless In White) in Kingston, where she has a private, appointment-only tattoo studio attached to the shop.

Chosen from 30 of the top tattoo artists from around the United States and competing against 17 other artists during Season 8 of the hit tattoo competition reality show, Malarkey came out on top in front of 2.2 million viewers, taking home a cash prize of $100,000, a brand new Dodge Charger, a feature article in tattoo publication Inked, and a guest spot at Oliver Peck’s Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas, which can be seen in the video below:

You can also watch her work at Elm Street in this 360° video, which is best viewed on a mobile device:

  • kgbme

    I *hope* that this time around they’ll be able to come up with a FAIR system, where they don’t have to finish ‘complex’ tattoos…

    Too often, too many times, people end up with sub-par tattoos because of the competition (time restraints). Many of the artists could’ve (and I’m sure, would’ve) done *much* better had it not been this way.

    It’s a lot of money, but some people just don’t work fast (well). I’m guessing many… Could be cool if *somehow* challenges can be skipped, swapped for others, or something (no idea what. :))