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'Ink Master:' My exclusive interview with Scott Marshall season 4 winner

Scott Marshall winner of Ink Master season 4
Courtesy of Spike TV/Brad Barket

First of all congratulations to Scott Marshall for winning this season's title of "Ink Master", a grueling competition with the challenges are intense, the time is limited and the judgment isn't for the weak at heart.

Igarin Idarraga: Congratulations!

Scott Marshall: Thank you, yes, the competition was intense but I had a lot of fun.

Igarin Idarraga: How long have you been tattooing?

Scott Marshall: Fifteen years

II: Where were you working before Ink Master?

SM: Roselle Tattoo Company, Roselle Il, 60572

II: Amy respect between you and Sausage, or animosity is real?

SM: That was quashed last night, we shook hands and we respect each other and our work.

II: Did Kyle have a sort of nervous breakdown?

SM: He was trying to hard to impress the judges under a lot of pressure and the harsher the critiques were, the more he took the defensive. It is an intense competition and I am use to the old school where I apprentice back in '98, and those guys will bring you down, and then build you back up sort of like boot camp. And if you don't have the chops for that type of treatment then you will not make it, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez worked under the old school and they recognized what I was doing and that my signature tattooing was represented week after week.

II: It was surprising to hear Gentle Jay, who by the way doesn't appear gentle, accuse you of plagiarism?

SM: Oh we use to call him Abrasive Jay, but yes, he was just trying to hang on to whatever because he was going downhill.

II: You are married right? And how many kids do you have?

SM: Yes, I am and I have three kids ages 14, 8, and 6.

II: You got your hands full?

SM: Yes, but you know behind every great man there's a great woman and I could not have done it without my family's support.

II: How demanding are you and whom do you allow to place a tattoo on your body?

SM: Oh not at all, I usually get them done by my friends I worked with, but I just enjoy the camaraderie and friendship, I have a simple tattoo on my leg that read; "Live Free or Die", that's what is all about.

II: Do you plan on opening your own shop?

SM: No, I enjoy where I am now. I am going to invest the money, perhaps do some traveling and spent more time with my family.

II: What does a feature on Ink Master mean?

SM: That is a well known publication and I believe they will have a spread of me and a cover, and an article about my work.

II: Thank you very much for your time and again congratulations on creating such awesome tattoos and winning the grand prize.

SM: Thank you and it was a pleasure as well.

It was a pleasure to speak with Scott Marshall, a well rounded individual, forthcoming, and eloquent who is a true artist went to school for illustration that he applies to his tattooing; congratulations again Scott and wish you and your family the best.

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