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Ryan Ashley Malarkey Just Became the First Female Ink Master



Apparently it wasn’t Hillary Clinton’s year to shatter the glass ceiling for women — it was tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s. The live finale of Spike TV’s Ink Master started off intense Tuesday night, but ultimately became historic when the 29-year-old became the first female to champion the competition in its 8-season run.

Photo submitted by Lauren Malarkey of Ryan Ashley Malarkey shortly following her historic win.

Malarkey, of Pennsylvania, entered the finale with fellow contestants Gian Karle Cruz and Kelly Doty.



Not only did she prove to be a strong, dedicated competitor, but she proved to attract a following of equal power. Even daytime talkshow host Clinton Kelly, from ABC’s The Chew, was rooting for her.


It even appeared as though Twitter wasn’t limited to being a diary for Donald Trump for once when supporters had #InkRyan trending around the country.


The dykes and a tyke got what they wanted — and Malarkey got the $100,000 grand prize.


It wasn’t since season three of Ink Master that a female had made it to the finale, with contestant Tatu Baby. It may have taken five seasons because there’s still a strong struggle for female tattoo artists to be taken seriously, says Malarkey. She recently opened up to .Mic saying there’s an underlying expectation for women in the industry. “We have to act a certain way, and all those expectations aren’t always placed on guys. Who cares about what a guy tattooer looks like? Nobody gives a shit about that,” she said. “But as a woman tattooer how we look and how we present ourselves is a factor in our quality of artwork for some reason, and that’s where the inequality comes in.”

Shortly after Malarkey’s win, her sister, Lauren, 23, told Better than the Weekend how proud she is of her big sister.

“Her win sends a message to work hard for anything you want and it can be yours,” Lauren said. “It took 8 seasons for their to be a female Ink Master. Male or female, don’t give up because something doesn’t happen right away. Keep fighting.”

Now underdogs in any profession have a role model to help discredit the naysayers, and social media is fucking thrilled about it.




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First Look at Epic Trailer For Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’



There are moments in a rockstar’s life that define who he is. The movie “Rocketman,” about the life of Elton John, will take audiences to some of those moments in summer 2019.

The film’s star, Taron Egerton, tweeted before the trailer was dropped to say that he was looking forward to people seeing it, adding: “Words cannot describe how proud and excited I am.”

That’s because the trailer is fucking brilliant. Check it out.

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Kanye West Wants To Arrange Meeting Between Kaepernick and Trump



WARNING: Kanye West has a new album to promote, so expect BIZARRE behavior.

Kanye West’s new album, “Yhandi,” was promised to drop during his Sept. 29 appearance on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” That didn’t happen. Instead, the release date was changed to Nov. 23, a.k.a., Black Friday. In less than 48 hours, his outlandish conduct has included: controversy over wanting to abolish the 13th Amendment (which ended slavery), the filming of a music video in the grass by the parking lot outside of TMZ’s HQ, and announcing he’s trying to organize a meeting between Colin Kaepernick and President Donald Trump. More bat-shit craziness is likely to come.

Trump has been extremely critical of Kaepernick, strongly pressuring NFL owners to fire all of the “sons of bitches” who don’t stand for the national anthem.

But West wants to bring them together. During an interview Monday on “TMZ Live,” West said he’s reached out to Kaepernick to try to make that happen. Unless you’ve been trapped in human trafficking circles, you likely know Kaepernick was under intense scrutiny from Trump after kneeling during the national anthem at football games to shine a light on police brutality against black people.

He didn’t say if either side was open to the idea, but Trump has praised West for being a brilliant leader.

Meanwhile, Kim:

On a positive note, West did premiere a new song on “Saturday Night Live” that might just be his best song this decade. Check it out:

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Cardi B Turned Herself Into Police After Strip Club Fight



Cardi B turned herself in to New York Police police at the 109th Precinct in Queens Monday morning over charges stemming from a fight at a strip club.

Sources told TMZ that Cardi B has “long-standing beef” with a bartender at the club, with whom she allegedly started the fight. The rapper was at Angels Strip Club back in Aug. 2018 to watch her husband, Offset, perform with Migos on the night of the incident, and she allegedly told her crew to attack the women with bottles and chairs after rumors swirled that one of them had slept with Offset.

The new mom was involved in another fight recently. In September, Cardi B was left with a welt on her head after she was involved in an altercation with Nicki Minaj at a New York Fashion Week party.

Joe Tacopina, the attorney representing the two female bartenders, released a statement to CNN stating: “Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients, and is being called to justice for her crimes. Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks,” Tacopina said. “But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes.”
“We’re aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm on that night,” Jeff Kern, an attorney representing Cardi B told press outside the police precinct. “We expect that the matter is going to be resolved expeditiously.”

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