Unless you're really into the local tattoo artist scene, you've probably never heard of Old Town Ink co-owner Aaron "Bubba" Irwin. But Irwin's notoriety will likely grow this month, after the season four première of Spike TV's Ink Master at 10 p.m. Tuesday, February 25, in which Irwin is a contestant.
Irwin says some of his customers turned him on to the show and, after watching an episode one day, he saw a link advertising open auditions for the show. Irwin drove out to California and did an interview, which didn't result in him being casted. It wasn't until he went to Vegas for the following season's auditions that he landed the role.
"I've never really cared about fame or anything like that," Irwin says. "I guess it's cool to see myself on TV. There's already a commercial out and on SpikeTV.com. There's a video with clips of us tattooing so I think that's pretty cool."