Tonight’s “Ink Master” presented the Rivals with an “Ink My Oosik” 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 Ty’Esha home last week in the “Three’s a Crowd” challenge. Now with eleven artists left, anyone can go home this week as the competition gets tougher.
As the episode begins, the artists are in the loft, questioning Julia as to her ability to stay in the game. She does not lose her cool and defends herself to the men who clearly outnumber the last two women.
For the Flash Challenge, the artists are taken to a local dock. Dave tells them that this week’s theme is detail; the use of intricate lines and shading which takes an ordinary tattoo to an amazing tattoo. The challenge is something created by sailors many years ago; scrimshaw. They will have three hours to scrimshaw a walrus oosik, which is the penis bone. The winner will have the ability to assign all the canvases in the Elimination Challenge. After several unidentifiable creations, and some very nice ones, Aaron was declared the winner.
In the loft, it was not the proper time to pick on Aaron and his ability to tattoo. At the Elimination Challenge, Dave introduced the guest judge, who has years of experience in bio-mechanical tattoos; Aaron Cain. The challenge was to do a bio-mechanical tattoo and have the godfather of bio-mech be the judge. This is a difficult challenge, to say the least, but the title of “Ink Master” is not an easy one to earn.
Emily was terrified; she does not do bio-mechanical tattoos. The canvases came in and Aaron was told to be ruthless. Most of the canvases wanted ribs and one guy wanted his head. Josh Hibbard asked Aaron is he gave him the head tattoo, but he kept that one for himself, which shocked everyone.
They will have six hours to create a detailed bio-mech tattoo. Tonight they had to meet with their canvas and create their tattoo. Julia and her canvas could not agree on the correct tattoo for the challenge. She has kids, and they are her only concern. Bio-mechanical tattoos are different from mechanical ones. When she completes the drawing, her canvas looks it over and does not like it. She told him she will tattoo it on herself if he does not like it. He wants to negotiate with her, but she refuses. Then she gave him the ultimate two-word kiss off, and he left. In the loft, everyone was talking about how rude she was to him and all agreed, she should have given him what he wanted.
At the critique, Don’s did not have the mechanical look. Emily’s was well met by the judges. Josh did a great job. Cris had too much detail on a small area, had it been on a larger body part, it would have been better. Jason’s was well-done. Erik’s was well received by the judges. Aaron’s was well done but too much black decreased its beauty. Mark’s lacked flow, but all the parts were well done. Angel’s looked good, but the judges did not like the line work. Cleen’s was a strong tattoo. Julia did a good tattoo on herself, but the fact that she did not tattoo her canvas was a factor. They brought out the canvas to hear his side, but they already knew his side, after scrutinizing the video several times. Oliver berated her for telling the guy to go f himself. This was the worst treatment of a canvas in the history of “Ink Master.”
Cleen’s tattoo was voted best of the day. The Human Canvas Jury was deliberating, and the artists were sent back to the loft until the final decisions were made. In the loft, Julia tried to defend her actions, but her actions were unforgivable along with her reasons for them.
Ollie came to the loft and requested to see; Julia, Angel, Don and Erik who the Human Canvas Jury voted as the worst tattoo. Erik was shocked, as was Aaron Cain, who voted it the best. As each of the three artists defended their work or their actions, the choice was made and Dave told Angel he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”