11:14am PT by Michael O'Connell
Oxygen Renews 'Best Ink,' Developing Two Additional Tattoo Projects
Oxygen is upping its investment in tattoo-related programming.
The cable network announced Monday morning that it has ordered a third season of tattoo competition Best Ink and begun developing two additional tattoo series. May's run of Best Ink, hosted by Pete Wentz, helped drive a record month for the network that saw its most watched night ever on May 21.
"Best Ink has been a proven hit, and our viewers have connected with the tattoo artists' and their skins' (clients) emotional stories. Season three will deliver bigger challenges, higher emotional stakes and contestants that will stop at nothing to prove they have the Best Ink," said Oxygen Media senior vp original programming and development Rod Aissa. "We want to continue to super-serve the audience by expanding our slate, delving further into the world of tattooing and the extreme and unexpected environments of the culture."
Potentially joining Best Ink on Oxygen's roster are Tattoos After Dark and Break Up Tattoos -- both working titles. Tattoos After Dark comes from Jersey Shore ep SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Productions shingle. It showcases the antics that take place in late-night tattoo parlors in party towns. Break Up Tattoos, from Original Media and LA Ink EP Charlie Corwin, reunites former couples for the opportunity to re-do a tattoo that once represented their relationships.
Best Ink concludes its second season on Wednesday.