I know this is an old thread but I'm new to this place and been exploring around the forum.
I asked my artist about the show because while the drama is lame I love watching the "flash challenges" just to see creative people come up with cool stuff in a medium they're usually totally unfamiliar with.
Anyway, he told me he'd applied to be on the show several times and they actually told him he'd been selected to be on season 5, which was the "Rivals" season. He was all ready to go and I guess they called and were like "hey, do you have any rivals in the industry? Like someone you really hate?" And he was like ummm no? And they were basically like "well do you know someone that tattoos locally that you could pretend to hate?" and he told them no, he's not into a bunch of drama and they passed on him at that point. Sad.