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Reality shows based around tattooists, body painters, and people who do other forms of human adornment have become so prevalent that it has basically become a genre all its own. From Ink Masters and Bondi Ink Tattoo to Skin Wars, if you’re interested in watching a show about people getting their skin inked, painted, and/or pierced, there are plenty of options. But none of them would exist without the sub-genre’s first breakout hit: Miami Ink.

Miami Ink‘s big breakthrough star was tattoo artist and model Kat Von D, and TLC saw an opportunity to capitalize on Kat’s popularity by moving her across the country and ...

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