Ryan Ashley Malarkey, an American tattoo artist, became popular by winning season 8 of the reality competition show “Ink Master” in 2016. She then made appearances as a judge in subsequent seasons of the same show.
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Ryan Ashley Malarkey, also known as Ryan Ashley DiCristina ((Ryan Ashley Malarkey – Instagram)), was born on Wednesday, April 29, 1987 (age 36 years old; as of 2023), in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Her zodiac sign is Taurus. During her childhood, she was always keen on drawing and sketching which developed further in her school and college years. In 2007, she completed her graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 50 kg
Hair Colour: Blonde
Eye Colour: Blue
Figure Measurements (approx.): 36-26-36
Parents & Siblings
Ryan was brought up by a single mother who worked as a waitress and was also an artist.
Ryan has a twin sister named Autumn Husdon, who is also a tattoo artist.
Ryan also has a younger sister named Lauren Malarkey.
Husband & Children
She was married to Arlo DiCristina, a fellow tattoo artist, in October 2019. The couple also have a son, Atheus Omni DiCristina, who was born on May 16, 2020.
Before her marriage to DiCristina in 2019, she was engaged to Josh Balz, the former keyboardist of the metal band Motionless in White. Their relationship was nearly five years long until the dynamics shifted following Ryan Ashley’s victory in season 8 of Ink Master. Reports suggest that Josh Balz felt uneasy as Ryan began receiving more offers to participate in reality shows. While he claimed not to be jealous or insecure, he confessed to being uncomfortable with Ryan’s rising popularity. Ultimately, the engagement was called off, yet they continue to maintain a cordial relationship. ((Alternative Press))
Fashion Designing and Tattooing
Ryan was always passionate about drawing and sketching which was furthered by her mother, grandmother, and sisters. She belongs to a family of artists. The tattoo artist furthered her skills in sewing and fashion too due to which she got her formal education in designing. Following her graduation in 2007, she spent five years sharpening her skills in fashion design in New York, working for private labels like Chico’s and Boscov’s. She came back to Pennsylvania, where she got her first job as a tattoo apprentice.
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Ryan Ashley’s distinctive forte lies in her mastery of black and grey designs along with beadwork, intricate lace detailing, and elaborate jewelry-inspired motifs.
Ryan participated in the 8th season of Ink Masters in which she became the first female to win the show. This was a groundbreaking moment for her as well as the women in the tattoo industry which is primarily male-dominated. Interestingly, she was able to win the show just after five years of tattooing experience. Ryan was then invited to be a judge on the Ink Master spinoffs, Angels, and Grudge Match. In 2022, she also became a judge of the 14th season of Ink Master.
Ryan Ashley’s Tattoo Shops
The Strange and the Unusual Oddities Parlor, Pennsylvania
In 2013, together with Josh Balz, she opened The Strange and Unusual Oddities Parlor in Pennsylvania. This unique establishment has an antique goods store at the front, while Ryan Ashley’s tattoo studio is at the back.
The Strange and the Unusual Oddities Parlor, Philadelphia
Collaborating with partners from the taxidermy business, the couple expanded their ventures by opening a second shop in Philadelphia.
Elysium Studios, Grand Junction, Colorado
She now owns a tattoo studio in Grand Junction, Colorado with her husband named Elysium Studios.
To know more about Ryan Ashley’s Tattoo Studios, check this page ➡️ Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s Tattoo Studios
Celebrities Inked by Ryan
Ryan is featured on multiple shows where she is seen tattooing various celebrities.
Drew Barrymore: In May 2021, she inked the American actress Drew Barrymore‘s forearm.
Maria Brink: She has also inked celebrities like Maria Brink.
Ash Costello: Ash Costello, the singer of the band New Year’s Day, also got herself inked by Ryan.
Clinton Kelly: Ryan has also inked the co-host of ABC’s The Chew, Clinton Kelly, at the Inked magazine’s headquarters for a special segment of The Chew.
To know more about Ryan Ashley’s Celebrity Tattoos, check this page ➡️ Celebrities inked by Rya Ashley Malarkey
- Destination: Mexico
- Music: Gaslight Anthem, The National, Angel Olsen, Post Malone, and Lana del Rey
- Series: Cosmic Disclosure (lectures by David Wilcock and Corey Goode)
Most of her body parts are covered with several tattoos like roses, snakes, birds, clocks, butterflies, ornaments, beads, portraits, etc.