Controversy: Ink Master Season 4 Fight Between Season 3’s Kyle Dunbar and Judge Chris Nunez
It’s time to get tatted up! Season 4 of Spike’s hit tattoo reality competition, “Ink Master,” is returning to the network for its premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and there is a lot at stake. Like in the previous three seasons, tattoo artists from around the country will be fighting to win not only the title of “Ink Master” — but a $100,000 grand prize and an editorial feature in “Inked” magazine. And while the show’s promo video teases some great art, it also previews an intense (and physical) fight between season 3 contestant Kyle Dunbar and judge Chris Nunez.
For those that missed the season 3 finale, fans voted for eliminated artists Kyle Dunbar and Chris May to return for a first-ever live tattoo challenge. The winner, Kyle Dunbar, was awarded the chance to redeem himself in season 4. But the promo for the upcoming season shows that the Michigan tattoo artist might not be using his second chance too wisely.
“I’ve seen your tattoos,” Kyle says, addressing Chris Nunez of “Miami Ink.” “You suck.”
“I’ll go anywhere you want to go with this, buddy,” says Chris calmly, who judges alongside Oliver Peck and host Dave Navarro.
“I’d tattoo circles around you,” Kyle fires back.
“Dude, your awwwful,” Chris tells him without missing a beat.
“Yeah, really?” Kyle asks with a bit of a crazy look in his eyes.
Kyle Dunbar’s got a case of the crazy eyes. Spike/ Youtube Screenshot
And that’s when things spiral out of control. Kyle, who has more than 20 years of tattooing experience, appears to charge at Chris. While someone manages to hold him back a little bit, Kyle eventually gets in Chris’ face while Navarro and Peck watch on with amused looks. But things get physical when the fight moves outside and the pair begins to push each other.
The season 4 premiere of “Ink Master” will feature a “show your artistic style” challenge and take the seventeen artists to a tattoo convention. But this year the Spike series has a twist — the winner of each week’s Elimination Tattoo challenge “will also get to put an artist up for elimination along with the Human Canvas jury and the series judges.” With only 16 spots and Kyle Dunbar guaranteed a seat, the other contestants will be battling it out to not be eliminated during the first round.
Catch the season 4 premiere of “Ink Master” on Spike on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. Will you be tuning in? What do you think of the fight between Kyle Dunbar and Chris Nunez? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.
I decided to check out the claims by both parties! Often judges get inflamed heads and think they are better than they are, just because they are the judge so first lets look at some of Nunez’s work!
Now lets pull up Dunbar’s work:
I would say the first picture I posted from Kyle is his best and closest to Nunez’s. Nunez isn’t the best, however he is light years better than Dunbar. Notice how crisp and how the colors pop! Mostly because of his crisp outlines! I’m not saying Dunbar is bad! He’s not, he is good, but Nunez is better.
So; I would have to say to Dunbar: Shut up and listen to the judges! You might actually learn something!
And the proof is in the pictures! You are not on Nunez’s level! Not even close!! It’s apparent!
I don’t play favorites! I look at the proof and call it as I see it!