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Getting tattooed stings a bit. Being stabbed by a bunch of tiny needles isn’t half as irritating as the public’s uninvited “feedback” on your own skin, though. Fortunately, the stigma of tattoos has very much faded, but it doesn’t mean it’s disappeared completely. Most people with visible tattoos have been in some sort of annoying situation with a blindly prejudice or frankly rude inquisitor.
Of course, tattoos are inevitably going to be looked at. If you get a great stonking phoenix on your back with galaxies for eyes and kittens living in it’s tail, you’re going to want to show it off, and anyone complaining about strangers glancing at their inked skin are twice as ignorant as the accused. It’s art, at the end of the day (well, most of it is), and if it’s on display, people will glance at it. »
- Nina Cresswell
The Writers’ Guild of America's fight to unionize reality TV writers progressed on Friday, when employees at Original Media voted to join the guild by a 42-9 margin in an election held by the National Labor Relations Board. Original Media, a subsidiary of Endemol USA, produces shows such as “Miami Ink” and its spinoffs, History Channel's “Swamp People,” Discovery's “Storm Chasers” and Spike's “Ink Master.” Also read: WGA Leans on MSNBC Hosts to ‘Lean Forward’ Against Comcast “The men and women who work so hard to create nonfiction (reality) TV shows have demonstrated that they want Wgae representation to help them improve their working. »
- Jordan Zakarin
truTV is to launch in the UK, it has been announced.
The 24-hour channel will be available on digital television free-to-air, and will broadcast a selection of original and unscripted programmes.
The channel will launch in August, with further details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Ink Master is described as a 'badass' version of Great British Bake Off, and stars Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and Miami Ink's Chris Núñez, as tattoo artists compete in a weekly competition.
Other shows include Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, South Beach Tow, Container Wars and Bait Cars.
truTV is also the home of Storage Hunters, which is currently shown on Dave in the UK. »
In between making music and movies, Rob Zombie is now lined up as a special guest judge on Spike TV’s hit reality competition series “Ink Master.” He'll appear in next week's April 15th episode at 10 Pm Et/Pt.
The horror movie maven will hold a pivotal role in deciding the contestants’ futures in this cutthroat tattoo competition. In the Tuesday, April 15th, episode the contestants will show off their abilities by creating the most fearsome demons to impress Zombie’s tantalizing tastes.
In case you’re not familiar with Spike TV’s “Ink Master,” it’s a weekly competition series where tattoo artists from around the country battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked, and the bragging rights title of "Ink Master."
Each week “Ink Master” puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are designed to test not only »
- Debi Moore
Red Arrow Entertainment Group, the production-distribution unit of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group, has acquired a majority stake in Half Yard Prods., the outfit behind such cable reality series as “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Diggers” and “Hillbilly Handfishin’.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but industry sources pegged the pricetag at more than $40 million. Red Arrow’s deal for Half Yard is the latest example of the European and U.S. media congloms scooping up small and medium-sized unscripted production entities in an effort to bolster content creation and the potential to sell hit formats around the world.
Half Yard founders Abby Greensfelder and Sean Gallagher will continue to run the Bethesda, Md.-based company as co-CEOs. The pair, former programming execs at Discovery Channel and TLC, respectively, founded Half Yard in 2006. At Red Arrow, Half Yard becomes part of a portfolio that includes Chris Coelen’s Kinetic Content, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chicago – In the world of tattoo art, there are few bigger personalities than Kat Von D. She was on two tattoo art-based reality shows on the TLC network, “Miami Ink” and “La Ink,” plus has written two best selling books on the topic, and has launched make-up and clothing lines. She was in Chicago last year to promote her third book, “Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing.”
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce captured this Exclusive Portrait as Kat Von D greeted admirers and signed books at Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., in April of 2013.
Kat Von D at Old Orchard Barnes & Noble, April of 2013
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
“Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing” by Kat Von D is available at Barnes & Noble or wherever books are sold.
By Patrick McDONALDSenior Staff WriterHollywoodChicago. »
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Keep your pawn shows, your swamp shows, your home-décor shows. I'll happily never watch anyone else house-hunt, or say yes to a dress, or have a kitchen nightmare. But dear God, please, don't take my tattoo shows away. My obsession with tattoo shows started a thousand years ago in reality TV time, with the 2005 debuts of Miami Ink and Inked. That fondness carried over to New York Ink, L.A. Ink, London Ink, even the lukewarm Tattoo Highway. And now we get to enjoy the golden era of ink shows — it's sort of a boom genre right now. Here's your guide to all the tattoo TV shows currently airing.The Contest Shows Best Ink (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Oxygen) and Ink Master (Spike, returning later this year) are the exact same show. They might even use the same "countdown" music. And they are both terrific! It's Top Chef, but »
- Margaret Lyons
Producer Daniel Laikind has been tapped to succeed Charlie Corwin as CEO of Original Media. The post had been vacant since October, when Corwin was named co-chairman and co-ceo of Original parent company Endemol North America. Laikind will oversee reality development, including first-run unscripted cable television programming. He will be based in Original Media’s New York office. “Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin said. “I love his work.” Laikind co-founded Stick Figure Productions, where he served as President of Development and Production, overseeing such series as Amish In The City (Upn), #1 Single With Lisa Loeb (E!), Family Bonds (HBO) and Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane (Style). In 2013, Stick Figure was sold to Ora.tv. Original Media’s portfolio includes Ink Master (Spike), Comic Book Men (AMC), La Ink »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The top spot at the unscripted shingle had been left vacant following Charlie Corwin’s hiring as co-ceo and co-chairman of Endemol North America in October of last year. (Cris Abrego also serves as co-ceo/chairman of the studio.) Corwin, who founded Original Media in 2002, called Laikind an “asset to the Original Media team and to Endemol overall.”
“Daniel has had a profound impact on the unscripted genre in both long form and short form and is known for creating edgy, quality content,” Corwin stated. “I love his work. He is very well liked and respected in the creative community and among buyers.”
Laikind joins Original Media after served as prez of development and production at Stick Figure Prods., a production company he co-founded. Shows that have grown on Stick Figure’s slate during »
- AJ Marechal
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