Tatts not for the purists
It’s a show about tattooing, featuring two of the biggest names in the body art business.
Yet, according to world famous tattooist Oliver Peck, who stars alongside Chris Núñez as a judge on Ink Master, his latest show isn’t liked all that much by anyone in his own profession.
“It’s not really geared towards people in the industry,” the 45 year-old artist, famous for chomping on a a toothpick and once marrying tattoo pin-up, Kat von D, explains.
“It’s more geared towards people who don’t know anything about tattoos, so they can learn about [them].”
“This is more about taking a tattooer and putting them in this game show format — which is totally crazy.”
Crazy it may be, but audiences can’t get enough.
The show has been on air for eight seasons and is one of scores of shows about the body art industry. So what’s with the appeal of this age-old art?
“I’ve been tattooing for twentysomething years. And even as a young tattooer, people would be like, ‘Ooh, you do tattoos,’ and that’s all they want to talk about. Everybody either has a tattoo, or wants a tattoo, or has very specific reasons why they wouldn’t get a tattoo.
So does he ever get annoyed by being constantly stopped in the street?
“I don’t find it annoying — because I really like stopping and talking to people,” Peck admits.
And that toothpick? For the record, Peck never takes it out; even scuba diving with it in.
WATCH INK MASTER: PECK VS. NUNEZ, TLC, TUESDAY, 9.30PM