Ahead of its Season 6 premiere on June 23, Spike TV has ordered a 16-episode seventh season of its hit tattoo-competition series Ink Master to debut in spring 2016. Spike also announced a spinoff series, Ink Master: Redemption, which offers disgruntled former human canvases of Ink Master a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, goes into production this summer for a September debut.
Season 5 of Ink Master was the show’s highest-rated season among adults and women 18-49, delivering an average 2.2 million viewers, according to Spike. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM slot, the series ranked in the top five among persons 18-49, men 18-49 and men 18-34.
“With Americans spending more than $1 billion annually on tattoos, ‘Ink Master’ has definitely hit a chord with viewers and has continued to grow as one of our most gender-balanced original series,” said Chachi Senior, SVP, Original Programming, Spike TV. “The show’s viewers are not only fans of the amazing artwork displayed, they are also invested in the human canvases and what happens when a client leaves unhappy with their tattoo. We have created ‘Ink Master: Redemption’ to help answer those questions.”
Each week, Ink Master puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘human canvas.’ Dave Navarro hosts with judges Chris Nunez (Miami Ink) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).
Ink Master is produced for Spike by Original Media with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers.