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 (Miami Ink) 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.