CHICAGO (CBS) — Tattoo artists from the Chicago area and across the country were at the Westin Hotel on the Near North Side Friday, auditioning for the next season of a reality show about tattoo artists.
The show is “Ink Master” on Spike TV.
Casting director Jennifer Dubin says 12 to 16 of the best tattoo artists in the country will be chosen to take part in the show’s third season.
Tattoo artist and Chicago firefighter Chuck Iglinski owns Firehouse Tattoos in two south suburban locations.
He says the show is good for the tattooing business because it “brings a lot of customers coming in that know a lot more about tattooing and good tattoos.”
Scott Wilson of Tulsa, Okla., was among those at the Westin to audition.
He was there, “just to put Tulsa on the map.”
Wilson told WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya that some of the central states “don’t get enough credit for the good artists we have.”
Brian Jones is a South Side tattoo artist who was auditioning. He says tattooing is the “best job I’ve ever had.”
He likes the freedom. He says he visualizes people’s thoughts and calls it a gift and a curse.
Tattoo artists said tattooing is very mainstream now.
If you think you have what it takes but didn’t make the “Ink Master” audition, there’s another one Jan. 31 in New York or you can apply on-line at inkmastercasting.com.