Meet ace inker (and 'Ink Master' contestant) Janelle Hanson of Iron Quill Tattoo
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Meet ace inker (and ‘Ink Master’ contestant) Janelle Hanson of Iron Quill Tattoo

The first time Janelle Hanson got a note from someone associated with "Ink Master," the hit Paramount Network reality show that puts tattoo artists in competition with one another for fame and fortune, she doubted it was legitimate. Hanson, 31, a Duluth, Minnesota, native who came to Madison in late 2017 to work at Iron Quill Tattoo on the west side, knew the industry at its worst. She apprenticed when women were mostly unwelcome. If doors didn’t slam in her face, she was subjected to sexual harassment. So what to make of the email from "Ink Master" in fall 2018 saying there was interest in possibly having her on the show? Hanson spoke to her boyfriend, Andy Hyde, also a tattoo artist at Iron Quill. "Do you think it’s real?" she asked him. "Let them know you’re interested," Hyde responded. Three months and numerous messages later, Hanson left for New Jersey under strict orders to tell no one that she’d been cast in season 12 of "Ink Master," which began airing in June. The shoot took six weeks. When we spoke in June, she couldn’t discuss details, but whatever the result, the experience was transformative. She’d never had a […]

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