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Ink Master: Fredericksburg Resident Vies for Tattoo Title on Spike TV

David Bell is one of 17 contestants in the fourth season of the reality series beginning in February 2014.

Fredericksburg resident David Bell, owner/artist at TLA Tattoo Studio in Occoquan. Photo courtesy of "Ink Master" on Spike TV.
Fredericksburg resident David Bell, owner/artist at TLA Tattoo Studio in Occoquan. Photo courtesy of "Ink Master" on Spike TV.
Fredericksburg resident David Bell, owner/artist at TLA Tattoo Studio in Occoquan, will vie for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked magazine and the bragging rights for the title  ‘Ink Master’ in Spike TV’s fourth season of the tattoo reality-competition series, "Ink Master."

Bell has been tattooing for more than 20 years and is widely known on the convention circuit.  His career began apprenticing at a studio in Arizona.  He then moved to shops in California, Washington and Nevada.

Two years ago Bell brought his West Coast tattoo style and his love of black and gray work to the East Coast when he set up his own shop, True Love Always (TLA) Tattoo Studio at 201 Union St. in Occoquan.

Season four of "Ink Master" begins 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.  The 17 competitors will face a series of tattoo challenges designed to test technical skills and on-the-spot creativity.

Each of the episodes will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, to include realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up.

After every challenge, the contestants will face a panel comprised of series host guitarist, singer and songwriter Dave Navarro of the group Jane’s Addiction, world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez of Miami Ink and Oliver Peck of Elm Street Tattoo, and guest judges including New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer Rob Zombie and former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion boxing Brandon Rios. 

There will be weekly voting polls tied to each episode.  Fans can also ‘like’ the official “Ink Master” Facebook page and join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @spikeinkmaster on Twitter and using #InkMaster. 

Bell's Twitter handle for the competition is @davidbelltattoo

Season four consists of 13 episodes.  "Twelve have already been filmed," a show spokesperson said. "The last episode is a live finale on May 20 in New York City -- so a winner has not yet been chosen and won’t be until that night," 

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