Spike TV has tapped Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to host InkMaster, the first-ever tattoo competition series, TVGuide.com has learned.
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The show — executive-produced by Charlie Corwin
and Jay Peterson
, the team behind LA Ink, Miami Ink
and NY Ink
— will feature the nation's top tattoo artists competing in challenges to win a $100,000 grand prize and a feature in Inked
magazine. The challenges will test the artists' technical proficiency as well as their on-the-spot creativity.
Navarro, who previously co-hosted CBS' Rock Star: INXS
and Rock Star: Supernova
with Brooke Burke
, was a natural choice according to Spike TV President Sharon Levy.
"Dave Navarro is known worldwide for his musical talents, but he's also well-known within in the tattoo community for his incredible body art," Levy said. "Dave's ultimate respect for the art and culture of tattooing makes him perfect for this series."
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Besides his hosting duties, Navarro will serve as a judge alongside tattoo experts Chris Nunez
) and Oliver Peck, the owner of Dallas' Elm Street Tattoo and former flame of Kat Von D
. The customers' satisfaction with their tattoos will also play a large role in the judging.InkMaster
is slated to premiere its eight-episode first season in January 2012.