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Tattoo Nightmares Returns For Season 2 Starting May 28

SPIKE TV TURNS DISASTER PIECES INTO MASTERPIECES WITH A
BRAND NEW SEASON OF “TATTOO NIGHTMARES”

Back-to-Back Premiere Episodes Ink-Off Season Two Starting
Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 & 10:30 PM, ET/PT

New York, NY, May 9, 2013 – Crazy ex-relationships, drunken dares and college nights are just some of the many instances where a fleeting decision can haunt you for the rest of your life, especially if it’s made permanent in ink. Spike is inking up for a new season of “Tattoo Nightmares” where real people with crazy, heartbreaking and sometimes hilarious stories behind their really bad tattoos seek out the help of some of the best tattoo cover-up artists in the business to fix them. Season two of “Tattoo Nightmares” kicks off on Tuesday, May 28 with back-to-back premiere episodes at 10:00 and 10:30 PM, ET/PT.
The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the needle a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares — Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmin Rodriguez — can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.
Here are some of the tattoo nightmares our experts attempt to help this season:
• A suburban dad who woke up in the emergency ward in a bloody gown with no recollection of how he got “Thug Life” tattooed across his entire stomach.
• A Catholic schoolgirl who mistakenly got a satanic symbol inked on her.
• A middle-aged man with a tattoo of a topless woman that’s a painful reminder of a young gold-digger who conned him into paying for breast augmentation, only to dump him the day after surgery.
• A woman so blinded by love that she let her legally blind boyfriend tattoo her.
• A husband who admits to his wife that the tattoo he wants covered commemorates another woman.
• A man who paid for a lost bet by getting six nipples tattooed down his stomach, making him look like a female dog.
• A naïve college student who tried to make a quick $10K by getting a friend’s portrait tattooed on him, only to find out his friend wouldn’t pay up.
Fans are invited to join in the conversation on social media by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and use the hashtags #tattoonightmares and #tattoosday.
“Tattoo Nightmares” is produced by 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Friendzone,” “Nail Files,” “Repo Games,” “Snooki & JWOWW,” “The Show With Vinny”). SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer serve as Executive Producers. Chris Rantamaki is Spike’s Vice President of Original Programming and Jeff Savaiano is Director of Series Development for Spike and oversees production of “Tattoo Nightmares.”
Since its launch in 2006, 495 Productions has emerged as one of the television industry’s foremost production powerhouses. The company specializes in developing innovative, character driven non-fiction programming for network and cable. Veteran producer, SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind 495 Productions. 495 became a globally recognized brand with the blockbuster hit series “Jersey Shore” – the highest rated series in MTV history. Additionally, the company currently produces “Fandemonium” (Syfy), “Friendzone” (MTV), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), “Taboo” (National Geographic), “The Dirty South” (CMT), “The Show With Vinny” (MTV) among other projects.
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

Hell City this weekend Aug 23-25th

Hell City this weekend Aug 23-25th

BIG GUS on show “The List “

Posted: 05/03/2013

Brien McElhatten  | Email Me
PHOENIX - Are you inked? Be honest. Is there a tattoo just out of view from passing strangers or curious dates? If so, you’re not alone.

In fact, tattoos are definitely main stream. Thanks in part to reality shows, Hollywood stars and other pop culture references, a little ink is often considered fashionable.

Ahead of this weekend’s Arizona Tattoo Expo in Mesa, we chatted with Big Gus, star of Spike TV’s hit show “Tattoo Nightmares.” He gave us his list of places first timers should NEVER have inked.

“The list of where not to get a tattoo for the first time is your face, your hands, your forearms,” said Big Gus.

Big Gus feels tattoos on the neck and face should be earned, so first timers looking for a little tribal art, or a unicorn or heaven forbid -a butterfly- might want to keep those badges covered up.  That leaves us asking how infamous boxer Mike Tyson earned his face marking. Perhaps it was the ear incident?

In the meantime, the tattoo expo will host artists from across the country. True artists who just might leave you feeling inspired or at least educated on the art of tattoo work.

Sage, who owns Urban Art Tattoo and Piercings in Mesa, is the organizer of the expo. He’s quite passionate about it too.

“We tried to pick the best of the best that were able to come out to Arizona and represent us,” he said.

Big Gus will be on hand as well as Tommy Montoya from TLC’s NY ink. Kris Richter will also host a seminar on how to dream up an inspired tattoo that will set you apart.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Arizona Tattoo Expo

When: Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm

Where: Mesa Convention Center

If tattoos aren’t your thing

 http://www.thelistshow.tv/the-list/localist/phoenix-localist/where-not-to-get-a-tattoo

BIG GUS on show “The List “

Posted: 05/03/2013

Brien McElhatten | Email Me
PHOENIX - Are you inked? Be honest. Is there a tattoo just out of view from passing strangers or curious dates? If so, you’re not alone.

In fact, tattoos are definitely main stream. Thanks in part to reality shows, Hollywood stars and other pop culture references, a little ink is often considered fashionable.

Ahead of this weekend’s Arizona Tattoo Expo in Mesa, we chatted with Big Gus, star of Spike TV’s hit show “Tattoo Nightmares.” He gave us his list of places first timers should NEVER have inked.

“The list of where not to get a tattoo for the first time is your face, your hands, your forearms,” said Big Gus.

Big Gus feels tattoos on the neck and face should be earned, so first timers looking for a little tribal art, or a unicorn or heaven forbid -a butterfly- might want to keep those badges covered up. That leaves us asking how infamous boxer Mike Tyson earned his face marking. Perhaps it was the ear incident?

In the meantime, the tattoo expo will host artists from across the country. True artists who just might leave you feeling inspired or at least educated on the art of tattoo work.

Sage, who owns Urban Art Tattoo and Piercings in Mesa, is the organizer of the expo. He’s quite passionate about it too.

“We tried to pick the best of the best that were able to come out to Arizona and represent us,” he said.

Big Gus will be on hand as well as Tommy Montoya from TLC’s NY ink. Kris Richter will also host a seminar on how to dream up an inspired tattoo that will set you apart.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Arizona Tattoo Expo

When: Friday 3pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm

Where: Mesa Convention Center

If tattoos aren’t your thing

http://www.thelistshow.tv/the-list/localist/phoenix-localist/where-not-to-get-a-tattoo

Will be at the AZ TATTOO EXPO this may 3-5th www.aztattooexpo.com

Booking Appointments With Me

Booking Appointments With Me

I am so grateful for all the support I have received from my fans of Tattoo Nightmares i am beyond gretafull.

I have been so fortunate to have an amazing clientele, for many years I have had a one to two year waiting list for many years but Since the first season of TATTOO NIGHTMARES aired, many new names have been added onto that list for tattoo work,with the airing of TATTOO NIGHTMARES my list is growing bigger everyday so please be patient.

There are many questions that are being asked, that hopefully I can help answer:

  • My shop is ART JUNKIES TATTOO hesperia ca
  • My current hourly rate is $200 for non cover up work, ”Cover UP” Work is 250 -300 depending on how difficult the work may be however that may change in the future.
  • My regular tattoo appointment email is biggusink@gmail.com,I will not respond to cover up work on this email.
  • My Cover Up appointment email for TATTOO NIGHTMARES is biggustattoonightmares@gmail.complease allow 1-2 weeks for response.
  • Please email photos in multiple angles of your ink that you want covered up, try to show me as much of area as possible,this is needed to see if i am even able to do cover up.
  • For all media,news,interviews,publications with me please email me at biggusink@gmail.complease allow 1-2 week for a response.
  • My email for tattoos at the many conventions i do a year is biggusink@gmail.com please allow 1-2 week for a response.

To purchase any of my Art or clothing you see on show or at conventions please visit my store on my website biggusink.com

  • Due to my long waiting list I am unable to do any drawings for someone else to tattoo.
    • There are so many artist in so many different cities, it would be impossible for me to refer you to someone. Internet, social media, word of mouth and reviewing portfolios are the best ways to find and choose an artist.
  • I will post the conventions or guest spots I will be doing on my blog, shop website and FaceBook, so keep an eye out for those posts.You can link to all my social media sites via my websitewww.biggusink.com
  • Tattoo Nightmare Shop is only used for Jasmine, Tommy Helm and I to work together and film. The filming is done in LA however, the shop is not where we each work on a daily basis. There is no phone number for the shop, again as it is only used for filming.
  • I do not work at Madison Tattoo Shoppe in North Hollywood, again the tattoo shop that I am partnered  is in Hesperia, California and is called Art Junkies Tattoo ( www.artjunkiestattoos.com )
  • If you want to be on the show, you must contact Spike Casting. My shop manager Robin or myself have no say in who gets chosen. Please go on www.spike.com for info on story & tattoo cover up submissions.

Please hit me up at biggustattoonightmares@gmail.com or biggusink@gmail.com instead of facebook because this will help us keep track of every email much better if you have any other questions. We will NOT add anyone to the waiting list via the internet. You MUST email me to be put onto the waiting list for any tattoo work,or cover up tattoo work.

Thanks so much for understanding and we look forward to helping every one out! Please contact the shop 760-947-5538 ROBIN shop manager for any questions regarding tattoo work or media events,or anything i could have missed please allow 1-2 weeks for an email or phone message responses Thank you for reading!

Network Orders 26 Episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares” with star and host BIG GUS

Spike TV Inks New Seasons Of Original Series “Tattoo Nightmares”

Network Orders 26 Episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares”

New York, NY, December 3, 2012 – Furthering the network’s mission to expand its audience and demographics, Spike TV has greenlit new seasons of two of the network’s most broad-appealing and highest-rated series, “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.” Season three of “Ink Master,” will debut in the summer of 2013 with 13 one-hour episodes. The 26 new episodes of “Tattoo Nightmares” will run in 2013. Both series will go back into production early in 2013.

“The real stakes and compelling drama that both ‘Ink Master’ and ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ deliver resonates with our ever-expanding audience,” said Sharon Levy, Spike TV’s Executive Vice President, Original Series.

Season two (through 8 episodes, Oct 9-Nov 27) of “Ink Master,” is averaging 1.8 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-49 by 105% and Persons 18-34 by 132%. “Ink Master” is hosted by music legend and tattoo aficionado Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) and judged by renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo). The show is produced for Spike by Original Media (“Swamp People,” “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,”) with Charlie Corwin and Andrea Richter serving as Executive Producers.

Premiering in October 2012 (through 7 episodes, Oct 16-Nov 27), “Tattoo Nightmares” is averaging 1.5 million viewers and has improved the timeslot with Persons 18-49 by an astounding 187%. The show is produced by 495 Productions (“Jersey Shore,” “Friend Zone,” “Nail Files,” “Repo Games,” “Snooki & JWOWW”) with SallyAnn Salsano and Joel Zimmer as Executive Producers. The series showcases real people with really bad tattoos who seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them.

Chris Rantamaki is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of “Ink Master” and “Tattoo Nightmares.”

About “Ink Master”:

Tattoo artists compete in various challenges that not only test their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo on a ‘human canvas.’ These ‘human canvases’ range from tattoo virgins to connoisseurs to those who want to cover up a prior tattoo misstep. The challenges focus on different tattooing techniques such as contrast, adaptability, balance and dimension as well as styles including New School, photorealism, American traditional and pin-up. After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of Navarro, Nunez, and Peck and a roster of guest judges. Each individual artists’ work is critiqued and one contestant is sent home. The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

About “Tattoo Nightmares”:

With more than 40 million Americans having at least one tattoo somewhere on their body, you are bound to come across bad permanent ink, ranging from hilarious tattoos to ones that are just downright disturbing pieces. The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the tattoo gun a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares (Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmine Rodriguez) can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.

About Spike TV:

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press. Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Press Contacts:

David Schwarz Spike TV 212-767-8639 david.schwarz@mtvstaff.com

Want To Cover Up Your Own Tattoo Nightmare? | SPIKEWant To Cover Up Your Own Tattoo Nightmare? | SPIKE

Big Gus Talks About Spike TV’s ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ Show

By Big Gus 
Hey guys! What’s the deal with Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares? Yes, the name sounds scary and confusing at first…

I had the opportunity to be cast as one of the main artists on the show. Man, what an experience it was! I was pulling 16-hour workdays six days a week for a little over a month, which was not an easy task. You may think that it would be, but besides the filming, it also takes major focus to be tattooing while being filmed by over four cameras at a time, which adds to the already chaotic environment…

So a lot of you may be wondering why I decided to do a reality show… Yes, we know that some of the shows have put a bad taste in your mouth, and people say that it’s for sell-outs blah-blah-blah, but think about this as an artist in the industry… Some of us are looked up to for advice and guidance from younger artists. I found this to be a great way of helping the industry, plus I’m getting paid of course. I’m a hustler, baby! But let’s be serious… how many of you cry and talk negative about these shows? It’s cool… so did I.

A good friend of mine once said, “Magazines suck.” Yes they do, because the good artists don’t submit good tattoos to magazines so how can magazines put out good work if good artists don’t submit photos? My point is how can TV put out good ink shows if the good artists keep saying no to them? Yes, it’s gotten a bad rap in the tattoo world but when I was given the opportunity to film a show I took it so I could show America that we can be positive role models to the average person aspiring to be a tattoo artist. We cannot stop the ever-growing interest in this trade so why not educate them the best we can and with Spike TV in over 98.7 million homes. What better way to do it? What better way to show them clean tattooing, sterilization, customer service, pride in your art and community. Trust me, man… the pressure was high representing this community and also all my great friends that I wouldn’t want to let down.

The show is a cover up show. Yup, that’s right… The shit we hate doing the most! It was so funny when they pitched that to me, but I love a challenge!

There are over 40 million people with tattoos on them. Somebody’s going to have a bad fucking tattoo and with scratchers, or uneducated artists doing tattoos we know this to be very true. They are either downright horribly disturbing or just down right funny. On the show, we take on the task of these people’s TATTOO NIGHTMARES and give them new hope at the end of the long hours of getting tattooed on the show. You will also get to see re-enactments of their stories, which I can’t wait to see, because some were just too damn crazy to hear.

Our cast also includes Tommy Helm runner-up of Ink Masters Season 1, and a new face to the community, Jazmin Rodriquez. Together, we create new tattoos over these people’s nightmare tattoos. Some of which were so bad that they were hurting their relationships, self-esteem and outlook on life.

Click here to watch full-episode: http://www.spike.com/full-episodes/h5ochi/tattoo-nightmares-killer-skyline-season-1-ep-101

Big Gus can be found at: http://www.biggusink.com/


http://tattooartistmagazineblog.com    thanks Nikki of TAM magazine  

full episode of tattoo nightmares!check us out

Big Gus on Spike Tv Tattoo Nightmares

Spike TV to Premiere TATTOO NIGHTMARES, 10/16

Real people with really bad tattoos seek the help of some of the best cover-up artists in the business to fix them in the new Spike original series, TATTOO NIGHTMARES that debuts on Tuesday, October 16 at 11:00 PM, ET/PT.

With more than 40 million Americans having at least one tattoo somewhere on their body, you are bound to come across bad permanent ink, ranging from hilarious tattoos to ones that are just downright disturbing pieces. The stakes are high as regretful clients go under the tattoo gun a second time to see if one of the three expert artists at Tattoo Nightmares (Big Gus, Tommy Helm and Jasmine Rodriguez) can work a miracle and turn their disaster pieces into masterpieces. Through re-enactments, clients reveal the stories behind how their dreadful ink came to be.

"I always look at people and wonder how the hell they ended up with a certain crazy tattoo," said SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer of ‘Tattoo Nightmares’ and president, 495 Productions. "This show answers that question, and brings you the insane stories behind the screw-up, whether it was a lousy artist, a drunken night or a lost love. "

In the premiere episode, Big Gus tackles a horrible LA skyline tattoo that looks like it was done by a child, but the pain becomes too much for his client. Meanwhile, Tommy covers a giant pot leaf that’s ruining a guy’s job prospects, and Jasmine tries to give her client his swag back by attempting to transform his ex’s portrait, that’s ruining his game with the ladies, into a ferocious tiger.

Fans are invited to join in the conversation on social media by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and use the hashtags #tattoonightmares and #tattoosday.

"Tattoo Nightmares" is produced by 495 Productions ("Jersey Shore," "Friend Zone," "Nail Files," "Pauly D Project," "Repo Games," "Snooki & JWOWW"). SallyAnn Salsano serves as Executive Producer. Tim Duffy is Spike TV’s Senior Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike TV and oversees production of "Tattoo Nightmares."

About 495 Productions

Since its launch in 2006, 495 Productions has emerged as one of the television industry’s foremost production powerhouses. The company specializes in developing innovative, character driven non-fiction programming for network and cable. Veteran producer, SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind 495 Productions. 495 became a globally recognized brand with the blockbuster hit series “Jersey Shore” - the highest rated series in MTV history. Additionally, the company currently produces “Friend Zone” (MTV), “Mamma Drama” (VH1), “Nail Files” (TV Guide Network), “Pauly D Project” (MTV), “Repo Games” (SPIKE TV), “Snooki & JWOWW” (MTV), and “Tanisha Getting Married” (Oxygen) among other projects.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks. A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.