Oxygen orders tattoo competition hosted by Kimberly Caldwell

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That’s right, a tattoo competition. Oxygen has ordered a reality series where a bunch of tattoo artists face off in challenges.

In Best Ink, tattoo experts will compete for a $100,000 prize while inking volunteers (who wants to be the poor wretch that judges say ended up with the worst tattoo?). Enthuses the release: “Each artist produces bona fide masterpieces on skin—a permanence rarely seen in the reality competition world.”

Former American Idol contestant Kimberly Caldwell will host the show, with tattoo artist Joe Capobianco and model and tattoo shop owner Sabina Kelley serving as judges. Best Ink is planned for this winter. And if it’s a hit, how about a laser-tattoo removal competition?


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  • h

    Why is Kimberly Caldwell getting work doing anything?

    • Linda K

      yeah – so what does she have to do w/ tattoos and who the hell is she.

      • Who saw this coming?

        Biotch cheated on David Cook so forget her.

    • PN

      She just released a pop album this spring. She’s still out there performing. I think she’s doing this show as a side project before her concert tour starts next year or so.

      • msacras

        Ha ha ha, concert tour…..oh wait, you were serious??

    • Strepsi

      Shorter answer: she swallows.

  • Kim

    Oh. Those ratings will be huge.

  • Z

    Are tattoos (or storage units or nail salons or pawn shops) really all that interesting that they need multiple shows about them?

    • msacras

      Don’t forget all the shows about cakes & cupcakes. America really knows how to run something into the ground.

  • Clete

    When is television going to have reality show about something people care about. A show about farting, with celebrity judges and contestants. The winner to get his own show.

    • PN

      They tend to do the same kinds of talent shows, with nothing really new. They’re all copying American Idol way too much right down to the judges and audition and performance/elimination format!

    • Jess79

      LOL!!! I’d watch that!!!

    • Stacie

      What about belching a la Revenge of the Nerds!? Booger could host.

      • Jeremy

        I think I read that Booger is actually going to be hosting a reality show about geeks/nerds already. It’s in casting now.

  • Teri

    Oxygen just needs to keep focusing on Snapped and reruns of Top Model.

  • Alb

    A tattoo show on Oxygen? What a horrendous idea. Hey television producers, since you’ve obviously completely run out of material, I’ll give you a suggestion. How about a funny, smart scripted show that can rise above potty humor? Go!

    • Oatrice

      @Alb….I don’t think America would go for it, lol.

  • Pam

    I am intrigued! I wonder if it’s only temporary tatoos? If that is the case, that’s a bummer. Takes some of the train-wreckiness out of it.

  • exBFF

    has it been cancelled yet? What about now?

    • Cents

      LOL!!!!!

  • Lisa

    I can never forget how she was one of the first ones that Simon said sounded like a Cruise Ship singer. ouch!

  • 14.5 minutes / 30 secs to go

    …so their going to permantently ink some poor fols who want 15 minutes (if that much) of fame and may be chosen as a loser and have to carry the tat for life. And then explain they did it as part of a contest on which they had nothing to gain except a tattoo they didn’t chose and didn’t know how it would come out. I would be interested (EXECS LISTEN UP) if it were an Ami James vs Kat Von D caliber match-up. Hell, I’d almost PPV that one.

    • 14.5 minutes / 30 secs to go

      yes trolls..I see my typos

      • Kim

        LOL @ 14.5 … I hate spelling nazis.

  • JoJo

    Kimberly??? Why??? One of the least talented persons to come off of AI. Makes you wonder what she had to do to get this show.

    I gotta tell ya….this is one show I will NEVER watch!!

  • viviennewestwood

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  • lvoutlet

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  • shoxr4

    You¡­are¡­amazing! This weblog is so great. I really hope a lot more people read this and get what you are saying, ¡¯cause let me tell you, it¡¯s critical stuff. I never would have thought about it this way unless I would run into your web site. Thanks for sharing it. I hope you¡¯ve excellent achievement.

  • terry borolov

    im a tattoo artist how can i get on the show

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