On Tuesday night’s episode of “Ink Master” the artists were met by Oliver Peck, Chris Nunez, and Dave Navarro at the first building where money was housed for the Federal Reserve, their tattoo was about composition, the ability to make all components in a tattoo believable and appropriate, and there were only four canvases, meaning only four artists would tattoo and those would be chosen by the canvases based on how the artists sold themselves to them. The artists each had five minutes to meet with their prospective client and sell their expertise and ability to mesmerize with their creation, and they all wanted a tree to be tattooed on them.
And after all the cajoling and assuring was done and over with, the artists picked were Josh, Emily, Cleen, and Eric. They all proceeded to talk the talk and while praising themselves, talking down to others’ work, the canvases on the other hand enduring the punishment that tattoo does on that side of the body, and then the three hours were up and it was time for the critique. Eric was given props for an outstanding tattoo with attention to detail, Cleen was also praised for an excellent tattoo of a tree with roots going in every direction as they should and even leaves falling off, Emily on the other hand created an octopus looking tree trunk and roots, that just wasn’t believable and it did not appear to have movement at the top, and Josh’s was just too simple and not believable at all. And then it was time for a winner and this was Eric who immediately revealed that he was gunning for Josh since he, Eric, would then be assigning skulls for the Elimination Tattoo.
The Elimination Tattoo consisted of painting geishas a Japanese art form that by the way is Chris Nunez’s expertise. Some of the canvases wanted the tattoo placed on their ribs, a location in the body that not only is one of the most painful, but as well the most difficult to make straight lines and keep the whole tattoo concise and detailed. Emily as usual used most of her energy talking down to Tim and wishing this tattoo would send him home, Josh for some strange reason asked advise from Eric, who actually wanted him out, and Chris was at a loss doing something that he admitted from the get go was not his strong point.
Then it was judgment time, and one after the other the artists received harsh critiques from the judges for work that was not impressive and lacked in all aspects, only Jason and Cleen were given praise for the final product, and eventually Jason got the win. Then Chris admitted that he had pretty much given up from the get go, words that struck a chord on all other artists who are there to win and will fight to the end, and those words were a slap on their face from someone who boasts on his ability to tattoo better than most, however, goes ahead and tells the judges that he just gave up from the very beginning. The canvases decided that according to them Mark had the worse tattoo and the judges also summoned Chris and Tim as those they had the worse tattoos, Chris apologize for his words and assured of future success, Tim in his usual monotone expressed that he much to show still and should remain in the competition, and Mark who once again found himself at the bottom fought to stay and that he did not want that awful tattoo to be his undoing.
The judges deliberated and Tim was told to close shop because he does not have what it takes to be “Ink Master”. Recaps, episodes, and information on Ink Master can be found at www.spike.com/shows/ink-master
“Ink Master” runs on Tuesday at 10 p.m. EDT on Spike.