Tonight’s “Ink Master” presented the Rivals with a “Virgin Blood” challenge. What is at stake is an editorial feature in Inked magazine, the monetary prize of $100,000 and the most enviable of all prizes; the title of “Ink Master.”
“Ink Master Rivals” sent Angel home last week in the “Ink My Oosik” challenge. Now with ten artists left, anyone can go home this week as the competition continues to get tougher, and as the judges send home artists that nobody expects to see leave.
As the episode begins, the artists await the return of their fellow artists and when Angel does not return, everyone is in shock, and they suddenly realize that nobody is safe. Josh Hibbard tells the artists that he will be in the finale, as will Cleen Rock One, but Erik and Jason have yet to prove themselves. He is called a cocky mother f-er, and told where to go by Jason, who plans to send him home.
For the Flash Challenge, they are brought to a rooftop in New York City, where Jason reveals that heights are not his favorite, are he is freaked out right now. Dave announces that this week’s challenge is Adaptability. This is adapting to whatever situation comes when tattooing. Dave then advised them that their canvases are getting their very first tattoo. The artists were not happy, Clean stated that first-timers are usually the pickiest of the picky, and satisfying them is a chore. The winner of the Flash Challenge will have the power to assign the skulls in the Elimination Challenge. They had three hours to give their canvas their very first tattoo.
When time was up, the tattoos were done and the judging proceeded. Julia did a Spartan soldier on her canvas, and did a great job. She adapted well to him and was a total 180 from her actions of yesterday. Don’s was also a Spartan, and well done. Emily did a sugar skull on her canvas very nicely. Mark did exactly as his canvas wanted, and got good marks. Josh did a microphone for his canvas and it was perfectly done. Jason did a bio-mech on his canvas who liked it, but Josh thought it was boring. Erik did a pocket watch on his canvas and she was thrilled. Cris did an American Flag in black and grey and gave different tones to represent each color. Aaron did a blue rose on a woman that was feminine. Cleen did a tribal that incorporated the man’s kids and he loved it. The judges decided that Erik had the best tattoo with the pocket watch; he will choose the skulls in the Elimination Challenge.
Erik told Josh that he will choose the skulls to weed out those who are hanging on by a thread. Both Cleen and Erik had words to say to Josh. One stated he had a silver tongue and changed every location of the challenges presented, and the other called him arrogant. They would like to see Josh do a tattoo exactly as it is presented.
At the Elimination Challenge, Dave advised the artists that Adaptability was still in force. They would be working in teams of two, head-to-head and must make interlocking tattoos. They each must do a forearm of their canvas and when put together, must create one interlocking image. Erik chose the teams of; Mark & Don, Josh & Julia, Emily & Aaron, Erik & Cleen and Jason & Cris.
Emily had nothing on her mind, but to send Aaron home. He has been her rival from the beginning, and now is her chance to send him packing. Jason has to calm himself so he does not have another panic attack. Don saw that Mark changed the background and told Cleen. Cleen told him with one hour to go; he should change it to match Mark’s background. Whether he takes the advice or not is to be determined. When time was up, the loft was shaking because Cleen did a good job of stoking the fire between Emily & Aaron.
At the Tattoo Critique Josh & Julia were up first. Although neither side got good marks, Josh won it unanimously. Cleen & Erik gave it to Cleen. Emily & Aaron gave the clear win to Emily. For Mark & Don, it was Don who won the split decision. Cris & Jason gave the win to Cris, and Jason, who should have done the best job, failed to prove himself to the judges. The face of the dragon did not come through as they expected, and Jason’s panic attacks could kick him out of the competition. They were sent back to the loft awaiting the decision of the judges and Human Canvas Jury.
In the loft, Emily asked Josh how it felt to set up Julia. Then she continued to act like she was on Julia’s side. She said that Josh has manipulated everyone in the competition. When Ollie came to the loft he called down he wanted to see Julia, Aaron and Jason and their rivals. Jason was voted the worst tattoo by the Human Canvas Jury, but it was already decided as Dave told Julia Carlson she did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”