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 LT home last week, eliminating Ty’Esha’s rival, but there are still sixteen artists left, so anyone can go home this week. The artists are not doing their best work, and the judges are not too pleased with what they have seen so far.
As the episode begins, the artists are in the loft trash talking as usual. They were taken to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for the flash challenge, where Dave announced this week’s topic. Lines are what will be the deciding factor in this week’s challenges. For the Elimination Challenge, each team will work on an 8×8 canvas using match tape. When the challenge is over, the tape will be ignited leaving just their line work.
Because Josh Hibbard won the Elimination Challenge, he got to choose the teams. He mostly put the teams together they way they were, and put Julia and Ty’Esha together. He even paired himself with Jason again. When time was up, the ignition began. Some lines were well done, and others were not. Emily and Aaron won the Flash Challenge.
Back in the loft, Emily told Tim he was going home with this next challenge. When they went to the workshop, they were introduced to a tattoo artist known for his line work, who owns two shops, one in Delaware and one in Pennsylvania, BJ Betts. Dave then announced that ornamental tattoos were the challenge for the day. Intricate patterns of lines are repeated to complete a complex design. Emily put Tim up against Josh, because she knew he would take Tim out. Each pair would be going head-to-head doing a similar tattoo, she put herself against Julia, but Julia has other plans.
When the six hours were up, time was called and pens were down. In the loft, tempers were flaring and names were being called. Finally the Tattoo Critique brought them all down to the shop. Chris gave them all kudos for doing much better than the pinup tattoos last week. Cris was against Aaron, and his line work was good and the judges gave the win to Aaron.
Ty’Esha and Angel each had some inconsistencies, but the winner was Ty’Esha. Cleen Rock against Don gave the win to Cleen. Emily went against Julia and Dave asked her why she chose Julia. She said there were only a few intentional pairings, especially Tim against Josh, because Tim is a poor excuse for a scratcher, and she would not even call him a tattooer. But Emily’s work against Julia’s was a poor second, and Julia won. Erik versus Jason and after a recount, Erik won. There was no contest, as Emily expected for Josh versus Tim. Josh’s tattoo was so perfect; it looked like it was done with a laser. Jayvo against Mark gave Mark the win. Robbie won against Ryan, and they were sent back to the loft.
Tim and Emily started immediately. He told her that she was threatened by him, and that was why she wanted him out. When Ollie came to the loft, he wanted to see Ryan, Jayvo and Erik and their rivals. Erik was there because the Human Canvas Jury voted his as the worst tattoo of the day. Jayvo pleaded for his life in the game, and his brother Robbie did as well. The brothers entered the competition hating each other, and have managed to patch up their relationship. Sadly, although he won back a brother, Dave told Jayvo, he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”