‘Ink Master’: This Season 13 Contestant Says Oliver Peck’s Racist Past Caused Her to Be Eliminated

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ink Master Oliver Peck

Ink Master decide Oliver Peck mutually parted methods with Paramount Network after photos of himself wearing blackface resurfaced. The first contestant eradicated from Season 13, Nychelle Elise, took to Instagram to precise her perception that she went residence on account of Peck’s racist previous.

Ink Master Oliver Peck
Oliver Peck | Gary Gershoff

Oliver Peck left ‘Ink Master’ after racist photos resurfaced

On January 2, 2020, TMZ obtained previous images of Dallas-based tattoo artist Oliver Peck, dressed up in blackface for a number of completely different Halloween costumes.

For instance, he wore blackface with an afro and superhero costume with “N” on the chest. Additionally, Peck dressed as a Lakers basketball participant, once more with an afro and lined in black make-up.

He additionally uploaded photos of himself to his previous MySpace account, making use of the darkish make-up over his tattoo-covered physique. As a result, a number of individuals started calling for the tattoo artist’s firing.

After per week, Peck launched an announcement explaining that he and the producers will mutually half methods after 13 seasons. The Dallas tattoo artist additionally acknowledged the resurfaced images, noting, “The offensive photos of me which recently surfaced from many years ago can only be a distraction to the amazing show I have loved being a part of and its many talented artists.”

Even although Peck and Paramount Company have parted methods, he’ll nonetheless seem within the 13th season because it was filmed months in the past.

The first contestant eradicated, Nychelle Elise

Ink Master Season 13 premiered on January 7, 2020, with a “turf war” theme. This season, the artists compete in teams primarily based on their hometowns and embody two returning gamers.

For the primary problem, the contestants needed to tattoo the form of their state and will incorporate any design utilizing any model. An artist from the South, Nychelle Elise, landed within the backside after her Texas-based tattoo didn’t impress.

She then needed to compete in a sudden showdown with seven different artists and draw a patriotic tattoo with no matter model and imagery. Elise selected to tattoo the Liberty Bell, and once more the judges weren’t impressed.

Peck thought it had an “unfinished feel to it” and lacked “rich, solid black.” The argument got here right down to Elise towards Jason Elliott, and Dave Navarro, together with Peck, determined to get rid of the Dallas-based artist.

Nychelle Elise believes Oliver Peck’s racist previous induced her elimination

After her elimination, Elise took to Instagram to post the tattoos she drew and different behind-the-scene images from Ink Master. In her caption, she thanked “the crew” for permitting her to compete on the present and stated she “learned a lot” from her staff.

Elise additionally identified that “the decision” to get rid of her “may have been biased due to the recent events.” She defined, “Oliver definitely wanted me to go home before Dave said a thing lol. Oliver persuaded Dave to get me off the show lol. Makes sense now.”

Elise additionally referred to as the previous decide out, writing, “Oliver made fun of it a lot more than what was shown. It’s all good Oliver I forgive you for your ignorance.”

The artist ended by writing, “Hopefully in the future, a female tattoo artist of color will make it further than the first few episodes now that the bad apple has been removed. Racism, bigotry, and sexual violence should never be tolerated in any capacity.”

Season 12 contestant Elva Stefanie commented on her post in help, writing, “It’s a beautiful piece, babe! Don’t worry, Oli was the same person that voted me down. S**t happens. Different opinions. It’s smooth and clean, and your work speaks for itself!”

Watch Ink Master Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on the Paramount Network.

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