Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | 4:08 p.m.
Congratulations to Las Vegas tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood who Tuesday night was one of three finalists chosen to move onto next week’s “Ink Master” Season 4 finale.
Sausage could win $100,000, bragging rights and an Inked Magazine cover and layout — and follow in the footsteps of Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton from Club Tattoo who won Season 3 of the Spike TV series.
He faced two tough six-hour elimination tattoos. First was to cover the scars of breast cancer survivors. In the second challenge, they had to create tattoos that covered up the worst tattoos by other artists eliminated in earlier episodes.
Rocker Dave Navarro, who played here last week with Jane’s Addiction at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq, was a judge in addition to his normal hosting duties. Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck also were judges.
They acknowledged that Sausage had the most difficult canvas of the four and voted him best cover-up. He turned a bad airplane tattoo into a compass with famous U.S. landmarks.
Sausage moved to Las Vegas in 2008 from Club Tattoo in Arizona after seven years and following his 1999 apprenticeship in Anchorage. He has two sons, Kodah and Keeghan.
“If I had to pinpoint my specialty … it would be attention to fine details. I love being able to work with a piece that has a lot of detail or a piece that I can add a lot of detail. I also really enjoy black and gray, artistic and realistic pieces.”
Next Tuesday’s finale in New York has Sausage, whose favorite tattoo is of his wife on his forearm as a good-luck charm, facing Scott Marshall from Chicago and Matti Hixson from Virginia Beach.
They will be challenged to create a full back masterpiece in 36 hours. Joey said he will be there to cheer for his colleague Sausage. “Ink Master” airs on Spike on Tuesday nights.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.