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Walter ‘Sausage’ Frank of Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops makes ‘Ink Master’ finals

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Walter “Sausage” Frank of Las Vegas competes on Season 4 of “Ink Master” on Spike.

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Walter “Sausage” Frank of Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops of Planet Hollywood has made the finals of Season 4 of “Ink Master” on Spike.

Season 4 of ‘Ink Master’

Walter “Sausage” Frank of Las Vegas competes on Season 4 of “Ink Master” on Spike. Launch slideshow »

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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