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The First Female Ink Master Is Crowned

The First Female Ink Master Is Crowned
Entertainment2 min Read

Ryan Ashley Malarkey defeated Kelly Doty and Gian Karle Cruz to win the coveted title.

It's been a knockout series so far, but after 16 episodes of grueling challenges, surprises, and upsets, Ink Master has selected it's new winner — Ryan Ashley Malarkey. While the crowning of a champion is alway a special occasion, last night's show will be considered a landmark event since Malarkey is the first female champion in the history of the reality competition. Last night, during the live show, she took away over $100,000 in prizes, including a brand new Dodge Charger. With the title of "Ink Master" under her belt, she will now be doing a residency at Oliver Peck's Elm Street Tattoo. Malarkey had some ups and downs throughout her run, but when the pressure was highest, she more than rose to the occasion.

A photograph of the three finalists for this season of Ink Master (Via IG - spikeinkmaster). #GianKarleCruz #InkMaster #KellyDoty #RyanAshleyMalarkey

A photograph of the three finalists for this season of Ink Master (Via IG - spikeinkmaster). #GianKarleCruz #InkMaster #KellyDoty #RyanAshleyMalarkey

The episode was eventful from the opening seconds as host Dave Navarro performed a short suspension act. They then wasted no time and got right into the tattoos. 

Kelly Doty's new school portrait of Dave Navarro riding a bat (Twitter - spikeinkmaster). #bat #DaveNavarro #KellyDoty #newschool
Gian Karle Cruz's tattoo of a baku from Ink Master (Twitter - spikeinkmaster). #baku #GianKarleCruz #InkMaster #Japanese #traditional
Ryan Ashley Malarkey's beautiful black and grey ornamental piece from the last episode of Ink Master season 8 (Twitter - spikeinkmaster). #blackandgrey #InkMaster #ornamental #RyanAshleyMalarkey

Viewers were asked to vote on what style the three finalists would work in for their last face-off — the 24-Hour Challenge — and the majority of people spoke out in favor of good old American traditional. Malarkey was the first one up to have her large-scale "master canvas" appraised, which was a badass hot-rod themed chest-piece.  Cruz produced an equally astounding tattoo of a skull in an underwater landscape, but hers just had more attitude to it and really nailed the style as well. Check out the award-winning tattoo, as well as Cruz's valiant effort, below. It's cool as hell. 

Gian Karle Cruz's awesome chest-piece from the final challenge on season 8 of Ink Master (IG-spikeinkmaster). #GianKarleCruz #InkMaster #skull #seascape #traditional
Ryan Ashley Malarkey's prize-winning tattoo (IG—spikeinkmaster). #InkMaster #RyanAshleyMalarkey #hotrod #skull #traditional

Make sure to check out the episode to get a look Navarro swinging around with hooks in his a back and the awesome live tattooing. If you want to keep up with what Malarkey does now that she's got the title of Ink Master, make sure to follow her on Instagram, and if you happen to be near Dallas, Texas, consider hitting up Peck's shop and getting some of her excellent black and grey work for yourself.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium