On Tuesday night the season finale of “Ink Master” played out, on the stage stood Walter “Sausage” Frank, Matti Hixson, and Scott Marshall. They were the three finalists vying for $100,000, a feature on Ink Master magazine, and the title of Ink Master. Their final tattoo was a back piece that they worked on for 35 hours in 7-hour increments over the last few months. Also, on the sidelines were those previously eliminated, and yes, Kyle Dunbar arrived later in the show.
The canvases were brought on stage and the artists proudly displayed their work for the world to see, they explain the reasons and feelings behind their creations, at first they all looked great with much attention to detail, but then as the scrutinizing began; the missed details or exaggerated aspects came to light and of all 3 Matti’s seem to be the weakest.
Kyle Dunbar came on stage and still played it as though he had been picked on by the judges and pretty much treated unfairly, earlier in the season he had gone up to Chris Nunez, “Miami Ink” and judge on the show, with the intention of fighting because of a critique. But Kyle remained unapologetic and began to give reasons for his irrational behavior; however, Dave Navarro, “Jane’s Addiction” and host on the show interrupted the speech that surely would have ensued.
America had a chance of tweeting for the favorite artist during the finale, and then it was time to name the weakest tattoo of the 3, and this was Matti Hixson, he was praised but told there were flaws in his design and final product; that meant that the winner would be decided between the 2 artists who had been at each other’s throats throughout the season, and the winner was Scott Marshall, who consistently created tattoos that were awe-inspiring and without question works of art.
This was the best season yet, with a winner who from the get go, showed what he was made of, one who talked the talk, but most definitely walked the walk week after week. Congratulations Scott for a well earned win and best of luck in the future and may your awesome tattooing get better every day.
"Ink Master" returns on Tuesday, September 2 at 10 p.m. EDT on Spike.