When local tattoo artist Shane O'Neill was crowned Ink Master Tuesday night on the finals of the Spike reality competition show of the same name, you may have heard the screaming of his family and friends all the way from his shop in Middletown, Del.
O'Neill, 40, an Aldan native who has a second parlor in Willow Grove, has known the results for nearly nine months, since the contest finished taping in New York.
He just has been contractually barred from sharing the good news.
"We've been getting together to watch all the episodes somewhere," he says, "but this week, they've all been harassing me nonstop with texts. I tell 'em, 'Come on, it's just one more night. Wait and see.' "