In the reality competition series Ink Master, season 15 promises to etch a lasting memory not just for its dedicated fans but also for the show’s host, the multi-talented Joel Madden. The Good Charlotte singer, who has taken the reins as the host of this thrilling tattoo-centric show, recently shared an exclusive peek behind the scenes. In a candid interview for the Reality Stars of the Year Issue with Us Weekly, Joel Madden revealed a remarkable moment that unfolded during the filming of the upcoming season. It was a moment that became his “favorite part of the season, selfishly.”
While Joel Madden’s role as the host of Ink Master has brought new challenges and experiences, he eagerly embraced a unique opportunity this season. Madden’s enthusiasm for the show and its tattoo artistry led him to an unexpected journey – getting inked on the set. “I got tattooed on the show this year,” he excitedly shared. The decision to get tattooed was not just a spur-of-the-moment choice but a cherished desire. “I’ve always watched the show and wanted to get tattooed,” Madden admitted. However, as he put it, the thought of getting inked in front of a live audience was “weird.” The notion of a personal, intimate experience between a tattoo artist and their canvas, amplified by the discomfort of the process, was something entirely new for Madden. Despite the initial jitters, when the opportunity arose, he embraced it wholeheartedly. He took the plunge, resulting in a moment that became the season’s highlight.
The tattoo, shrouded in secrecy (no spoilers, after all!), holds profound meaning, intertwining elements of Madden’s childhood and his siblings. Although the entire design remains a mystery, Madden emphasized his satisfaction with the result, saying, “I was thrilled with the tattoo.” The tattoo journey became a bridge connecting the personal with the professional, revealing the vulnerability and artistry of the host himself.
Ink Master is not merely about fresh body art for Joel Madden. It’s also an avenue for him to experience the unwavering dedication and talent of the contestants. Tattooing is a significant investment, not only in terms of cost but also as a lifelong commitment to body art. Madden became deeply invested in the competitors’ journeys, watching them push the boundaries of their abilities in this demanding competition. “Watching these incredibly talented tattoo artists go through this labyrinth of a competition with all these tough challenges and all these loops they throw at them, you do have to be a skilled tattoo artist,” he explained.
The competition on Ink Master is no walk in the park. Each week brings new challenges and obstacles, testing the artists’ versatility and adaptability. According to Madden, the nature of the competition requires artists to excel in various styles and techniques, creating a dynamic and intense environment. “It keeps you hooked because one week someone could be doing great, and the next week they get thrown something that they’re just not good at as a tattoo artist, and it could take them out of the competition,” he shared. The rollercoaster ride of triumphs and setbacks is what keeps both the contestants and the viewers engaged.
However, for Joel Madden, the most challenging aspect of his role as a host is offering constructive criticism. He confessed, “It’s tough for me because in my mind, anybody — especially if they’re good enough to be on Ink Master — is a good tattoo artist.” Critiquing and identifying flaws in the artwork of artists with immense talent becomes a complex task. Each week, the judges must determine the weakest tattoo among a pool of excellent ones, ultimately eliminating one artist. “It can be emotional; there’s a lot at stake,” Madden shared. The emotional investment and high stakes make the elimination process an arduous journey to witness.
As fans of celebrity tattoos know, getting inked is not only about self-expression but also about commemorating special moments and experiences. Joel Madden’s tradition of incorporating tattoo artists into the show reflects the profound impact of the art form on individuals. His genuine love for tattooing and dedication to Ink Master season 15 is evident in his desire to introduce viewers to new tattoo artists and potential superstars. “If you’re an Ink Master fan, you’re probably going to be meeting some of your new favorite tattoo artists and real superstars,” Madden revealed. As a fan of the show himself, he anticipates that this season will become his personal favorite.
In reality television, Ink Master continues to captivate audiences with its ink-splattered canvas and unparalleled artistry. Joel Madden’s unforgettable experience on the show highlights the authentic connections and emotional investments that make this reality competition series a cherished tradition for both artists and viewers. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the show or a newcomer, Ink Master season 15 promises to be an extraordinary journey into the world of tattoo artistry, where ink becomes a storyteller.
The upcoming season of Ink Master is set to premiere on Wednesday, November 1, exclusively on Paramount+.