Ryan Ashley Malarkey is an American tattoo artist who gained fame after winning season 8 of Ink Master.
She was born on April 29, 1987, in Kingston, Pennsylvania, USA. Ryan was raised in Dallas.
Malarkey learned to draw from her mother, who was also an artist.
In 2017, she graduated with a degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Later, Ryan worked for 5 years as a fashion designer in NYC at a private label. She left her position to work as a tattoo artist.
Malarkey recalled in an interview: ”After working in the fashion industry for almost six years, I realized that I wanted to be more hands-on with the people that I actually designed the artwork for.”
In 2016, Ryan won season 8 of Ink Master, a reality competition TV series airing on Paramount Network.
Malarkey is the first woman to win the competition. She said for Inked Mag:
”It feels indescribably surreal to be categorized with other female tattooers – or with tattooers in general that have made history.”
For winning the competition, she earned:
- a guest spot at Oliver Peck’s Elm Street Tattoo in Dallas, Texas;
- a new Dodge Charger;
- a feature article in the tattoo publication Inked;
- a cash prize of $100,000;
- the bragging rights of the title of Ink Master.
Ink Master: Angels
After winning Ink Master, she became one of the stars of the spin-off show Ink Master: Angels that premiered in October 2017. The series follows Nikki Simpson, Gia Rose, Kelly Doty, and Malarkey challenging local artists to show off their best.
Ashley said for Times Leader: ”In this competition, it’s black and white. You do a good tattoo, you stay.” Ryan went on to say: ”You do a poor tattoo, you leave. It’s the most brutally honest, heart-racingly real competition I’ve ever been in.”
In 2019, she was a judge on ”Ink Master: Grudge Match.” During the competition, former Ink Master champions serve as judges and referees.
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In 2019, Ryan Ashley Malarkey married Arlo DiCristina in a private ceremony in Colorado. The two met at a Club Tattoo event held in Las Vegas.
On October 15, 2019, Ashley announced her marriage on Instagram:
”I couldn’t be more elated, more content, or more excited to announce that @arlotattoos and I are now officially Mr. & Mrs.”
Note – Arlo DiCristina is a tattoo artist best known for his surrealistic imagery and morph style. DiCristina’s work has appeared in Inked magazine.
Ryan Ashley was formerly engaged to Josh Balz (2016). They began dating in 2013.
Note – Josh Balz is a former keyboard and synthesizer player for ”Motionless In White,” a metalcore band. In January 2017, Josh left ”Motionless In White” after a decade.
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Ryan and DiCristina welcomed their first child, a son named Atheus DiCristina, on May 16, 2020.
She wrote on Instagram in June 2020:
”Parenthood is indeed the hardest and the most rewarding job I’ve had so far.”
”Nothing is scary when you’ve got nothing to lose.”
”Some people follow me because they think I’m hot, which is fine.”
”Hate and fear are the true enemy.”
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Ryan Ashley Malarkey – Net Worth
Malarkey earned most of her wealth from working as a tattoo artist. She is specialized in black-and-gray designs with ornamental jewels, lace detail, and beadwork.
In addition, she and Balz co-own a shop called ”The Strange and Unusual” that featured their collection of restored antiques, objects, and taxidermy for sale.
Ashley also sells merch on her website that she promotes on her popular Instagram account (over 1.3 million followers). Therefore, Ryan Ashley Malarkey has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
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