Ink Master Angels (Spike) – Premieres 3rd October
A spin off of tattoo competition Ink Master, this is hosted by four of the best female competitors from the 8th series. In it the four head off to a US town where they put three local tattooists through three rounds with the offer to appear on the 10th series of Ink Master as the prize.
The first round has the three tattooists being given 2 hours to create a tattoo of their own choosing, and at the end of the time limit the person judged to have performed the worst is eliminated and the best performer is given the advantage to choose what style of tattoo has to be created in the second round.
The second round has the remaining two tattooists given four hours to create an original piece in the style selected by the round one winner, placed wherever they want on their subject. Then at the end of the round the loser is eliminated and the winner heads off to the final round.
The end round consists of the remaining tattooist going against the host of their choosing where they both are given a model whose story they have to interpret in the style of their piece, all while in front of a live audience. The winning piece is decided by the non competing hosts being give one vote, the two losing competitors being given a one vote and the crowd getting the final deciding vote. Then if the challenger beats the host they are against they get to win their entry to Ink Master, but get nothing if they lose.
As competitions go it has a decent level of challenge to it which makes it more watchable than other reality competitions, and if you like watching the process of tattooing it checks all the boxes.