A tale of tattoos: 'Ink Master' rivals face off

A tale of tattoos: ‘Ink Master’ rivals face off

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A tale of tattoos: 'Ink Master' rivals face off

Jayvo Scott, Robbie Ripoll and Mark Longenecker of Brevard get air time on Spike TV.

Jayvo Scott, Mark Longenecker and Robbie Ripoll“ (Jayvo’s brother), star in “Ink Master” on Spike TV.(Photo: SPIKE TV) Story Highlights

The show is hosted by Dave Navarro.

There are T-shirts that say: "Only Dave Navarro can judge me"

"Ink Master" is on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, covering the latest in tattoo culture.

Jayvo Scott also is an actor and has appeared in movies and TV.

A trio of Space Coast tattoo artists will clash head-to-head with their rivals in the upcoming season of "Ink Master," which debuts Tuesday night on Spike TV.

Two of these tattoo-gun-wielding adversaries are brothers: Jayvo Scott, 36, an artist at Rogue Leader Studios in Melbourne, and Robbie Ripoll, 33, owner of Chapel of Love Tattoo in Eau Gallie.

In another head-to-head duel, Mark Longenecker, 41, owner of Endless Summer Tattoo in Cocoa Beach, faces off against rival Ryan Eternal, an Orlando artist.They’ll battle each other and 14 other tattoo artists from across America in artistic challenges for a $100,000 prize and a feature story in Inked magazine. FLORIDA TODAY chatted with the three Brevard County contestants in advance of the season premiere. QUESTION: How much pressure were you guys under filming "Ink Master"? Jayvo: "Elimination challenges are a tattoo, usually six hours in length or so. Every week, an artist gets eliminated until the end, where they’re left with three artists in the finale. Those three artists go up against each other, and America decides the winner." Mark: "When they’re tearing up a tattoo, it really rips your heart out. We have to go through these long critiques. You only get a quick clip of that on the TV show, but we’re actually standing there for 20 minutes at a time getting our tattoos ripped apart." Robbie: "If you slip up one day, a guy or a girl that isn’t as good as you is […]