TV Q&A: 'Ink Master' folks stuck with tattoos

  • Article by: ROB OWEN , Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Updated: March 26, 2012 - 9:05 AM

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Q What happens to those people on Spike TV's "Ink Master" who get bad tattoos on the show? Do the better people on the show fix them, or are they stuck with what they've got? I think the show or somebody should fix them back up.

A It sounds as if they are stuck with them.

"The artists appear on the show with the understanding they will be presented with difficult challenges, including time constraints that may be difficult to meet," a Spike TV publicist explained. "Likewise, the human canvases understand they are being tattooed in a competition setting and things can go wrong. As much as we'd like to see a great tattoo each and every time, the reality is, not everyone leaves the show happy -- this is part of the construct of the show that everyone agreed to at the outset."

"Ink Master" has been renewed for a second season and is accepting applications for tattoo artists and human canvases at


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Q How much do the girls on MTV's "Teen Mom" get paid to be on the show? I recall reading somewhere that they get about $50,000 per season, yet on the show they all seem to need money and some (Kailyn) get government aid to live. Is the money put in trust so they can't spend it while on the show? And aren't some of them still minors? So maybe their parents get control of the money?

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