Spike TV's "Ink Master" crowned Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton television’s new tattoo king on Tuesday's finale.
The Las Vegas-based tattoo artist beat out all of his competitors when he bested Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores of Miami and Orlando’s Jime Litwalk.
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Hamilton, who calls his tattoo style “photorealistic,” designed an underwater scene dominated by a mermaid. The final tattoos were supposed to be completed within 35 hours, spread over five sessions. Hamilton's tattoo stretched from a woman’s hip to her knee.
Besides winning the Ink Master title, Hamilton will get $100,000 and a feature in Inked magazine. He also will spend several days working in the Miami studios of Ink Master hosts Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez.
“It’ll be interesting to see them off the show and in a different light,” he told International Business Times.
Human canvases who appear on the show “get to reap the benefits of a great competitor’s work, but must live with their errors,” UPI reported.
Hamilton told the International Business Times that he was relieved judges didn’t seem to notice the rough healing on the mermaid’s body. But his canvas, a woman named Briana, got a new job and had to wear pants over the artwork after the session.
Emily Longeretta, of HollywoodLife.com,
said she believed Hamilton deserved to win.
“I never thought I would like anyone with the nickname 'Hollywood,' until I realized how incredibly talented Joey was," she wrote. "Sure, Joey was cocky, and wasn’t exactly as laid back as his nickname claimed, but I really believe he started strong, and each week just got better and better. I was completely won over after week seven when he did a flawless tattoo of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
Hamilton took to Twitter after winning the Season 3 title.
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