Chicago-area 'Ink Master' Scott Marshall crowned champ

  • Scott Marshall, second from right, was crowned Ink Master at SIR Stage 37 on May 20, 2014 in New York City.
Scott Marshall, second from right, was crowned Ink Master at SIR Stage 37… (Brad Barket / Getty Images…)
May 21, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Anyone with one of Scott Marshall's tattoos can now say they have been inked by a master. 

The Plainfield resident was crowned "Ink Master" on Tuesday night over 27 other contestants on the Spike TV show of the same name. "I'm feeling great, it's a huge sense of relief and a great sense of accomplishment," Marshall said in an interview. 

His final victory was a "master canvas" tattoo: He designed and inked a back tattoo that took 35 hours over several months. He now considers it the greatest piece he's ever done, he said. 

After the win, he is busier than ever, he said.

Press tours, interviews and a long waiting list of customers wanting to get an "Ink Master" original at Roselle Tattoo Co. will keep Marshall occupied for a while. Just being a contestant on the Dave Navarro-hosted show has gotten him booked for tattoo appointments through the end of the year. 

He is still willing to share his expert insight on the industry with anyone. "I have the best job in the world," he said, when asked if there's anything he dislikes about his profession. "It's absolutely awesome to go into work every day. I listen to my own music, I draw my own designs." 

Like other practicing tattoo artists, Marshall has some pet peeves. If you're going to sit in his chair, don't be a control freak. 

"Go into an artist and talk about your idea, your vision," he said. "You should want [the artist's] vision as well. You don't go into an interior decorator and tell them the colors. You have to surrender to the creative process." 

Marshall said his style is trying to guide people toward the right body art. Tribal tattoos? He's going to suggest something different, in the bio-organic style he's gained fame for, which features three-dimensional designs that are natural and have depth.

Also, don't be drunk. Marshall has turned away intoxicated customers before. 

"I remember a guy coming in, belligerently drunk, and he wanted something offensive. I said 'You're going to regret that in the morning, and I don't want to put my name on that.' "

Despite the packed schedule, Marshall said he's hoping to find time to ink the accompishment on his skin. Never one to take the tattoos he gets on his own skin seriously, he said it will likely feature a nickname he was given while on the show. 

"They called me the 'alpha male' on the show," he said. "I was thinking of doing something like a silverback gorilla with a sign saying 'alpha male.' I would make it look like it was done in 1941." 

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