When Ink Master returns via Paramount+ this fall, significant modifications are required. For openers, Joel Madden, lead vocalist of the pop/punk band Good Charlotte, will serve as host of the 10-episode revival season, which premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Ink Master’s previous presenter Dave Navarro will make a comeback as the program’s “Master of Chaos,” in charge of “introducing unexpected twists and game-changing bombs to the battle.”
Three new judges will be joining Madden and Navarro: Ami James, a tattoo expert and businesswoman; Nikko Hurtado, who is recognized as “one of the world’s top color realism painters”; and Ryan Ashley, the first female tattoo artist to win Ink Master back in Season 8.
According to the official description, the competitors this season are all “famous fan favorites” from prior Ink Master episodes and will compete in “some of the greatest, most thrilling and epic challenges witnessed in the history of the competition.” The winner will get a whooping $250,000 in addition to the title of “Ink Master” and the greatest reward in the show’s history.
The description adds, “The legends will need to demonstrate that they have the top level abilities that distinguish an Ink Master: composition, accuracy, color theory, elegance, stamina, and endurance. One slip-up might send them home, and only one artist will win the competition since the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.
Ink Master is executive produced by Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Andrea Richter, Benjamin Hurvitz, Jessica Zalkind, Tim Palazzola, and Donny Hugo Herran for MTV Entertainment Studios and Truly Original.
Spike/Paramount Network initially broadcast Ink Master for 13 seasons, inspiring the creation of three spinoffs: Ink Master: Redemption, Ink Master: Angels, and Ink Master: Grudge Match.