Tonight’s “Ink Master” presented the Rivals with a “Head to Headache.” 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 Jayvo home last week, eliminating Robbie’s rival, but the brothers became best friends during the competition. Now there are fifteen artists left, so anyone can go home this week. The artists have not been doing their best work, so will the judges be pleased with their work this week?
As the episode begins, the artists are in the loft, as Emily has her claws out for Tim again, and wants him gone. He is determined to make it through each challenge just to piss her off. The artists were then taken to Wall Street, where their challenge this will be Composition. Composition is the way a piece is arranged to make all elements, both large and small go together. This challenge will only have four canvases. Standing in a place where buying and selling are the most important parts of their commodity, they must use salesmanship to be chosen to do the tattoos. The canvases will interview each artist and choose who they want to be tattooed by.
Because Josh Hibbard comes from a long line of salesmen, he knows he will be one of the four tattooing. Each of the four wants a tree of some sort tattooed on them. They walked back to the shop, to prepare for their interviews. Only four were interviewed at a time, and when Jason Clay Dunn saw Josh’s interview, he remarked that he saw his fakeness come out every time. Jason feels that he is charming and the female canvases would only want him to do their tattoos.
When the decisions were made, Cleen, Erik, Emily and Josh were the artists chosen. Jason was pissed and felt like a kid again, not chosen for softball. With three hours to compose and complete the tattoos, Cleen knew he would be chosen, just for his experience and smile. Emily convinced her canvas that she could make the roots an octopus in purple, and he liked the idea. Whether or not he likes the finishing result will be determined by him. The best tattoo was judged to be by Erik, who will choose the canvases for the Elimination Tattoo.
Back in the loft, Jason got to use his venom against Josh. He told Erik that Josh cannot draw very well, and to keep that in mind when his passes out the skulls. Today’s challenge was to tattoo Japanese Geishas, and somebody will be going home. Jason has all the confidence in the world, because he does Japanese work every day for a living.
Josh knew that he should be the target by Erik and if not Erik is be missing a good chance in the competition. Two women wanted rib tattoos; Josh’s and Mark’s. Josh convinced his canvas not to have her ribs done; however, Mark’s was determined and now he can blame her for squirming if he screws up. The artists are apprehensive about having Chris Nunez judge their geishas; this has been his specialty during his entire career.
As time was running out, some tattoos were looking great, and others were not. In the loft, Emily was critiquing everyone’s work and finally, Josh called her a stupid bitch. At the critique, Erik’s was not met well by the judges and he expected to get raves. Don’s was not traditional, and Chris told him how lucky he was that others’ were worse than his. Josh’s was good in some respects, but his composition was way off. Jason’s was the best Chris ever saw him do. Julia’s was nice, but Oliver did not like the roses on her dress. Ty’Esha’s tattoo was too big and had very little detail. Robbie’s was very good, and he did the bare essentials. Tim’s was disproportionate and the judges do not believe there is anything more to see from him. Cleen did a good job on his tattoo. Aaron’s was not a good depiction of her face. Emily did a poor job on her face. Ryan’s lacked outline excellence. Mark’s outlines were the worst of the day; thick and dark and looked like he hammered them in. Angel would have had a perfect tattoo if the pattern on his geisha’s dress was better. Cris stated that he gave up before he started, and his tattoo showed it.
The judges decided that Jason had the best tattoo of the day. As they headed back to the loft, the judges and the human canvas jury deliberated. Who will have the worst tattoo of the day? When Ollie came to the loft, he asked for Mark, Tim and Cris and their rivals. Cris was there because the human canvas jury voted his tattoo the worst of the day. Finally, Dave told Tim Lees he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”