Crowned the title and winner of “Ink Master” season 10, Josh Payne has long had a world-wide following for creating tattoos he describes as “bold, colorful, dynamic graphic illustrations.”
Josh Payne, who was raised in Newark Valley New York, started giving his brothers and friends tattoos when he was a teenager. The upstate New York native began tattooing at age 16, with equipment he bought online, to make money for college. He wanted to be a special effects artist for movies until he realized he could ““create monsters and aliens and creatures on skin.” He now tattoos out of Ascend Gallery located in Cortland, New York.
“Ink Master” helped him grow as an artist, noting that his skill in black and white work improved after working with fellow “Ink Master” tattoo artists and coaches.
“I always wanted to be more than your average tattoo artist, that was always my passion,” said Payne. “If people are putting their faith in me, especially with the money that they spend on a tattoo, it’s my due diligence to do it to the best of my ability.
Josh also prides himself on speaking his mind, and allowing his artwork to showcase itself. He has no problem with his straight forward shooting personality because he knows his tattoos will back up any opinions he holds.
Each week “Ink Master” puts artists through a series of tattoo challenges that not only test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must create and execute an original tattoo on a “human canvas.” Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing such as realism, black and gray, and American traditional. The masterpieces the artists create will last a lifetime – and so will their mistakes. After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).