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DeKalb tattoo artist competes for $100K prize

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  • Chris May, owner and artist at Proton Tattoo is a contestant on Season 3 of Spike TV's hit original tattoo-competition series "Ink Master," which premieres on Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m.

      Chris May, owner and artist at Proton Tattoo is a contestant on Season 3 of Spike TV's hit original tattoo-competition series "Ink Master," which premieres on Tuesday, July 16, at 9 p.m.
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DEKALB, Ill. -- A northern Illinois tattoo artist is one of 16 contestants on a reality TV show competing for a $100,000 prize.

Chris May owns Proton Tattoo in DeKalb and will compete on the Spike network's "Ink Master" show.

Hosted by musician Dave Navarro, the third season of the competition will begin airing next month.

May tells The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/11hJugL) that producers ran contestants "through the wringer" while taping episodes, which featured challenges to test cast members' tattooing and artistic skills.

But he thinks he impressed them with his quick wit, thanks to his time studying at The Second City in Chicago.

But he can't say how he fared. The winner will be announced during a live finale in October.

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