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[02/19/13 - 08:15 AM]
Tattoos and Art Collide When Oxygen's "Best Ink" Returns for Season Two with New Host Pete Wentz on Wednesday, April 3, at 10 PM ET/PT
The prize for the new 10-episode season: $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine.

[via press release from Oxygen]

TATTOOS AND ART COLLIDE WHEN OXYGEN'S "BEST INK" RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO WITH NEW HOST PETE WENTZ ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, AT 10 PM ET/PT

Twelve of America's Top Tattoo Artists Battle For $100,000 and Tattoo Magazine Cover Story

NEW YORK - February 19, 2013 - Taking tattoo competition to new heights, Oxygen Media returns its fan favorite reality series "Best Ink" for season two on Wednesday, April 3, at 10 PM ET/PT. Fall Out Boy bassist, musician and tattoo enthusiast Pete Wentz will host the 10-episode series that lays bare the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattoo artistry. With nothing but their needles, ink, and passion, twelve of the best tattoo artists from around the country will compete for $100,000 and a cover story in Tattoo magazine. World-renowned tattoo artist Joe Capobianco returns as the head judge and takes on the role of mentor, alongside international pinup model and tattoo removal shop owner Sabina Kelley and a new judge, distinguished pinup and portrait tattoo specialist Hannah Aitchison. Throughout the season, an array of celebrities and artists will guest judge the competition, including singer and actor Ray J (@RayJ), Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy (@TravieMcCoy), designers Angela Simmons (@AngelaSimmons) and Vanessa Simmons (@NessaSimmons), legendary urban artist Justin Bua (@JustinBUA), and tattoo artist Miya Bailey (@MiyaBailey). For more information, visit www.oxygen.com and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR.

"Best Ink" is raising the bar this season with big monetary prizes and various incentives for the winner of the "Flash Challenge," including a highly coveted, game-changing advantage in the "Ink Challenge." During the "Ink Challenge," each artist will produce bona fide masterpieces on skin -- a permanence rarely seen in the reality competition world. Challenges include a "Blood Puddin Challenge," in which the artists must design a darker style of tattoo that turns the classic pin-up on its head. The artists take on cutting edge tattooing styles including animated tattoos, and a "You Can't See Me Challenge" that tasks the artists to design a tattoo in which portions of the piece cannot be seen with the naked eye.

On the season two premiere, legendary urban artist Justin Bua judges the "Flash Challenge," in which the artists are tasked with spray-painting an L.A. billboard--while hanging six stories in the air! Then one artist's work could cost him or her everything during the "Ink Challenge" as the contestants create a "street"-style tattoo that tells the story of how their skins (clients) overcame some tough battles in life.

MEET THE "BEST INK" SEASON TWO CAST:

Pete Wentz (@petewentz) HOST Recording artist, entrepreneur, and humanitarian Pete Wentz guides 12 of the nation's top tattoo artists through the cutthroat and wildly unpredictable world of tattooing as the season two host of Oxygen's hit competition series "Best Ink." Combining his raw musical talent, unique personal style, and love for tattoos, Wentz serves as a passionate and business-savvy role model to the eager and determined contestants. Wentz is best known as the bassist and lyricist of the Grammy-nominated band Fall Out Boy, which released two multiplatinum albums and spawned the chart-topping hits "Sugar, We're Going Down," "Dance, Dance," "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," and "This Ain't a Scene, It's An Arms Race," among others. After riding to global fame over the past 10 years, Wentz needed to do something completely different, which led to the creation of his new project, Black Cards. Black Cards' music draws from Wentz's experience on the DJ circuit over the past several years. An entrepreneur by nature, Wentz also founded the record label Decaydance and discovered and signed influential artists including Panic at the Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship. Wentz is at the helm of his own one-man DJ company, an independent production company, and is co-owner of Angels & Kings, a brand of popular bar and nightlife destinations in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Barcelona, Spain. A Chicago native, Wentz currently resides in Los Angeles.

Joe Capobianco (@whatsnottalike) HEAD JUDGE A highly respected tattoo artist with 20 years of experience in the industry, Joe Capobianco returns as Head Judge on season two of Oxygen's hit competition reality series "Best Ink." Capobianco is a "tell it like it is" guy who will not hesitate to cut down a design that doesn't meet his expectations. Capobianco is also a global brand that reaches audiences beyond the tattoo industry, thanks to his signature "Blood Puddin" style. He has released a variety of products such as books, collectible toys, hair pomade, signature tattoo machines, and specialized inks. Capobianco teaches tattoo seminars around the world, and his work has been featured in countless tattoo publications; magazines such as Rue Morgue, Airbrush Action, and Bizarre; and many international art books.

Sabina Kelley (@Sabina_Kelley) EXPERT JUDGE Sabina Kelley's experience as an international pinup model with a deep involvement in the business side of tattooing led to her return as Expert Judge on season two of Oxygen's hit competition reality series "Best Ink." During Kelley's early modeling days, photographers warned her not to tattoo both of her arms. However she ignored their advice, and it ended up paying off! She has graced over a dozen magazine covers and is a respected host and judge at tattoo conventions worldwide. More than just a pretty face, Kelley has expanded her career beyond the lens. She is the owner of the tattoo removal shop Bombshell Tattoo Removal.

Hannah Aitchison (@hannahaitchison) EXPERT JUDGE With nearly 16 years of tattooing experience, Hannah Aitchison is a world-renowned tattoo artist and educator who brings an academic voice to the judging panel as she joins the second season of Oxygen's hit competition reality series "Best Ink." The Chicago-based tattoo artist is well known for her pinup designs, portraits, and vibrant color work. Her tattoos are so sought-after that she has up to a two-year waiting list. Beyond her work as a tattooist, Aitchison is a classically trained singer and expert knitter. She is also the sister of renowned tattoo artist Guy Aitchison.

MEET THE "BEST INK" SEASON TWO CONTESTANTS:

Kelly McEvoy (@k_McEvoy) Wrightwood, CA Originally from a rural farm in West Virginia, Kelly McEvoy knew she wanted to be a tattoo artist from a young age and chose this career path at her ninth grade career fair. Her passion for tattooing runs in the family, as two of her four siblings are also tattoo artists. Tattooing for over four years, McEvoy had her first apprenticeship at an old-school biker shop where she proved she could hold her own against the boys. She lives by her favorite Marilyn Monroe quote, "I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it." Today she works at a brand-new studio, Cloak & Dagger, in Oak Hills, where McEvoy is the shop's only female tattooist. Even though she is surrounded by boys, the two most important men in her life are her eight-year-old son, Rowan, and her longtime boyfriend, George.

Derek Rubright (@derek_rubright) Las Vegas, NV A University of Southern California graduate, Derek Rubright always knew that he would be an artist. He learned his strong work ethic when he became the head of his household at age 18 following his mother's death. In addition to his blunt and opinionated personality, Rubright is a wildly competitive tattooist, having won numerous "Day Of" and "Best in Show" awards at various competitions. Thanks to his undeniable talent, he is the go-to artist for many UFC fighters. Rubright believes tattoos should be earned, and he will not hesitate to speak his mind if he encounters a bad one.

DJ Tambe (@DJtambe) Las Vegas, NV Having worked as a tattoo artist for 15 years, DJ Tambe is a well-established tattoo veteran. He grew up in Rochester, New York, where he began practicing with graffiti art. He comes from a large Italian family with whom he remains close and has two children of his own. Despite a rough period battling drug addiction, DJ has overcome his past struggles and is more competitive than ever. He has won more than 25 awards from various conventions and most recently beat out "Best Ink" season one contestant Roman Obrego at Lake Havasu. A strong believer in "tattoo ethics," DJ is not afraid to speak his mind about the work of others, even if his opinion is critical.

Teresa Sharpe (@teresasharpeart) Fort Wayne, IN From a small town in Indiana, Teresa Sharpe had anything but a smooth childhood growing up. Due to the circumstances surrounding her family, Sharpe quickly became independent when she was named the custodial guardian of two of her siblings and adopted her younger brother, Brandon, all of whom she subsequently raised. Although Sharpe was always artistic, it was not until she got a piercing apprenticeship while attending college for fine art that she realized her true passion was in tattoos. This past winter, Teresa went on the road to work in various shops all over the country. In addition to her four-year run with tattoos, Sharpe is a true artist who also paints, draws, and sculpts.

Melvin Todd (@MelvinTodd_LS) Atlanta, GA After overcoming a childhood of financial hardship, Melvin Todd attended Auburn University, where he landed his first apprenticeship. Having tattooed for eight years, Todd is confident he is the best artist in his Atlanta shop, City of Ink, owned by renowned tattoo artist Miya Bailey. Todd has also created his own company, Loveless Society, which keeps his mind off his self-proclaimed "crazy" love life. Although Todd may be struggling to maintain a successful relationship, he is certainly not struggling with his career after taking his work international this past year. With his eye on success, Todd has one true dream: to be fortunate enough to buy his mother a home one day. And he hopes to show people that no matter their social background, everyone can achieve their dreams by never doubting themselves.

Ralph Giordano (@ralphygtattoo) Yorktown Heights, NY Despite his rough exterior, Ralph Giordano is a self-proclaimed "mama's boy" with a sweet disposition. While growing up in a funeral home in the Bronx, Giordano realized the family business was not his desired career path. With the support of his parents, he went to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he first learned about the possibility of a career as a tattoo artist. Giordano has been working in the tattoo industry for four years and is highly dedicated to his art. Although he is mild-tempered, Giordano becomes fiercely competitive when needed. The only thing he loves more than a competition is an audience to watch him win it.

Brittany Elliott (@bzelliott) San Antonio, TX Born and raised in Texas, Brittany Elliott is not one to back down for anyone or anything. Between ending a long-term romance and the passing of her mother, Elliott is now learning what it is like to be truly independent. Consumed by art, she spends her time tattooing, designing clothes, sewing, and collecting interesting odds and ends. Since the start of her career four years ago, Elliott has been attending conventions. Although she has a successful career tattooing, Elliot also spends much of her time making her own heavy metal treasures, including studded and spiked acid-washed and leather vests.

Alli Baker (@alli_tatz) Oakland Park, KS Alli Baker has lived in Kansas all her life, and due to family complications, she dropped out of school when she was only 16 years old. Fearless and with no tattoos, Baker secured a loan and landed her first apprenticeship at age 18, in the hope of launching a career as an artist. Eight years later, Baker is one of the top tattoo artists in Kansas City. She learned the importance of maintaining a competitive edge early on in her career, but today Baker loves connecting with her clients just as much as she enjoys competing.

Carolyn Cadaver (@carolyn_cadaver) Tampa, FL After losing her mother at a young age, Carolyn Cadaver was raised by a couple that encouraged her to explore her artistic nature. She purchased her first mannequin in high school and honed her painting skills in her AP art class. Cadaver has been a tattoo artist for eight years and thoroughly enjoys the emotional connection she shares with her clients. A proud wild child, Cadaver sports a unique style with a vampire flare and has several unusual hobbies, including fire-swallowing and fire-dancing. She believes in fighting to stay on top in the male-dominated tattoo industry and relishes competing on the convention circuit.

Jordan "Dollarz" Ginsberg (@DollarzTatu) Tampa, FL After receiving his first tattoo, Jordan Ginsberg was inspired to become a tattoo artist. Having worked since he was 14, he received the nickname "Dollarz" thanks to his strong work ethic. His determination to succeed is prevalent throughout his life. Despite being a tattoo artist for three years, Ginsberg despises needles. When he is not busy using his tattoos to pick up ladies, Ginsberg is working on his music career in a Tampa-based rap group called "Nyte Lyfe Gang." Additionally, Ginsberg is passionate about song writing and customizing cars. He is extremely confident in his abilities and eager to showcase his skills in the competition.

Tylor Schwarz (@tattoosbytylor) Chicago, IL Having been a tattoo artist for three years, Tylor Schwarz is so passionate about his craft that it sometimes drives him to tears. His friends have gone so far as to say he is "addicted to tattooing." Schwarz's skill and tenacity have resulted in honors at tattoo conventions. In addition to tattooing, Schwarz expresses his love of art through various avenues, including playing multiple instruments, painting, drawing, and cooking. After Schwarz's father abandoned his family when Tylor was 12, the Chicago native became a father figure to his two younger brothers. The experience strengthened his resolve to succeed and, with his mother's support, the former Abercrombie & Fitch model is making his dreams as an artist come true. With his good looks and competitive nature, Schwarz is determined to set himself apart from his competitors.

Jerod Ray (@jerodsquared) Paris, MO A self-described preppy, Jerod Ray takes pride in not looking like a typical tattoo artist. He is a self-taught tattooist of five years specializing in fine-art quality portrait work. Ray was raised in a large, artistic family that moved frequently and went without electricity or running water at times. Despite facing hardships, Ray's family always encouraged his drawing talent as a child and supported him in pursuing his career. Ray has won many "best portrait" awards at tattoo conventions and he believes his willingness to break the traditional rules of tattooing sets him apart from his competition.

"Best Ink" is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, a Banijay Group company, with Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, and Rico Martinez serving as executive producers and Erin Cristall, Rene Rainey, and Peter Woronov serving as co-executive producers.

About Oxygen Media

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform entertainment brand that delivers relevant and engaging content to young women who like to "live out loud." Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's media by changing how the world sees entertainment from a young woman's point of view. Through a vast array of unconventional and original content, including "The Glee Project," "The Face," "Best Ink," "I'm Having Their Baby," and "Bad Girls Club," the growing cable network is the premier destination to find unique and groundbreaking unscripted programming. "The Glee Project" is a winner of a 2012 Gracie Award, which honors programming created for women, by women and about women for "Outstanding Reality Show." A social media trendsetter, Oxygen is a leading force in engaging modern young women, wherever they are, with popular, award-winning features online including www.OxygenLive.com, the real-time social viewing party that is also available as an app for the iPhone and iPad. Oxygen is available in 80 million homes, and can be found online and on mobile devices at www.oxygen.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR. Oxygen Media is a service of NBCUniversal.

About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (27 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim-Murray's current programming includes The Bad Girls Club, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, Kim and Kourtney Take New York, Khloe and Lamar and Mrs. Eastwood & Company (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions produces cross-platform digital content and branded entertainment through BMP Digital, its digital division. The company has also produced films, including Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science's Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.





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