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Earn It!

The artists learn they must earn a spot in the “Ink Master” house through a series of challenges.

male narrator:NOW ON INK MASTER,

THE MOST BADASS TATTOOCOMPETITION ON THE PLANET

KICKS OFFITS MOST INTENSE SEASON YET...

- I TATTOO CIRCLESAROUND YOU.

- DUDE, YOU'RE AWFUL.- REALLY?

[overlapping shouting]

- GET THE [bleep] OFF ME,BITCH-ASS!

narrator: WITH A FRESH BATCHOF 16 OF THE BEST TATTOO ARTISTS

READY TO BATTLE IT OUTTO DETERMINE WHO'S NUMBER ONE.

- AH!

narrator: TATTOOINGHUMAN CANVASES...

- OH, MY GOD.

- NOT INTO IT AT ALL.

- WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.- HE JUST PASSED OUT.

CAN I GET JAMES HERE, PLEASE,IMMEDIATELY?

narrator: IN MORE STRENUOUS...

- [bleep].

- WHOA!

narrator: AND EXTREME CHALLENGESTHAN EVER BEFORE.

- YOU'RE IN A COMPETITION.BUCK UP OR GET THE [bleep] OUT.

narrator:THEIR MASTERPIECES...

- HUGH JACKMAN.[applause]

narrator: AND MISTAKESWILL LAST A LIFETIME.

- ALL THEIR EXCUSES...[whooshing]

WE DON'T GIVE A [bleep].

narrator:JUDGED BY INDUSTRY ICONS...

- WHAT THE [bleep] HAPPENEDWHEN YOU DID THE SKIN TONE?

- I DON'T HAVE ONE OUNCE OFCONFIDENCE LEFT IN ME RIGHT NOW.

- WHAT THE [bleep] ARE YOU DOINGIN THE TATTOO BUSINESS?

- I CAN DO CLEAN LINES.

- EVERYBODY SHOULD TATTOO CLEANIN THIS BITCH.

- THIS ISCHILDISH BULL[bleep].

narrator:THEY'LL BE ELIMINATED

UNTIL ONLY THE BESTTATTOO ARTIST REMAINS...

- THIS ISA [bleep] COMPETITION, MAN.

THE BEST WILL BE AT THE END,NO MATTER WHAT.

narrator: EARNINGA $100,000 PRIZE...

- CALM THE [bleep] DOWN!SHUT THE [bleep] UP!

LET'S GET THE [bleep]ON WITH IT!

- I'M DONE.

narrator: AND THE TITLEOF INK MASTER.

[rock music]

- I KNOWI'M A REALLY GOOD ARTIST,

AND I KNOW THERE'SA LOT OF GOOD ARTISTS HERE.

WHAT'S UP, DUDE? BUBBA.- HOW YOU DOING, MAN?

- MY STRATEGY ISTO OUTSMART EVERYBODY.

I'D LOVE TO MAKE FRIENDS,BUT IS IT IMPORTANT TO ME?

[bleep] NO.

I WOULD WAY RATHER HAVETHE MONEY.

I'M KNOWN FOR MOSTLY BIOMECH.

I LOVE TURNING PEOPLEINTO ROBOTS.

- HOW YOU DOING?MY NAME'S RUCK.

ME BEING IN THIS COMPETITION,

I'M PUTTING MY CAREERON THE LINE.

I SPECIALIZE IN ALL STYLES.I'M KNOWN FOR DOPE TATTOOS.

I'M GONNA MAKE SURETHAT MY BEST

SUPERSEDES ALL THESE OTHERHALF-STEPPERS IN THE GAME.

- THIS IS CRAZY.

- HOPE YOU BROUGHTYOUR A-GAME, BRO.

- I SEEN THEM THREE JUDGESSTANDING UP THERE,

AND I'M COMPLETELY SCARED[bleep]LESS.

I'VE WATCHED 'EM RIPPING PEOPLENEW ASS[bleep] FOR THREE YEARS,

AND THEY'RE GETTINGPRETTY DAMN PROFICIENT AT IT.

- WELCOME, ARTISTS.

YOU HAVE A TOUGH ROADAHEAD OF YOU,

AND NOBODY KNOWS IT BETTER THANSOMEONE WHO'S BEEN THROUGH IT.

HE HAD TO PROVE HE DESERVEDA SECOND CHANCE

BY TATTOOING LIVEON THE SEASON THREE FINALE.

WITH OVER 360,000 VOTES, KYLE...[cheers and applause]

WE WILL BE SEEING YOUON INK MASTER, SEASON FOUR.

KYLE DUNBAR, COME ON OUT.

- LOSING SUCKS,AND I'M NOT HERE TO LOSE.

LAST SEASON,I OVERCOMPLICATED THINGS.

THIS SEASON, AS LONG AS I CANKEEP MY HEAD OUT OF MY ASS,

I WILL WIN.

- IT'S TIME TO FIND OUT HOW WELLYOU WORK UNDER PRESSURE.

THIS SEASON,YOU MUST EARN YOUR SHOP.

- I HAVE TO EARN MY SHOP?

[bleep],I THOUGHT I ALREADY HAD IT.

- THERE ARE 17 OF YOU,

BUT THERE AREONLY 16 INK MASTER TATTOO SHOPS.

AMERICA HAS ALREADY DETERMINEDTHAT KYLE DESERVES A SHOP,

SO, KYLE, YOU'RE EXEMPTFROM THIS CHALLENGE.

CONGRATULATIONS, MAN.YOUR SHOP IS WAITING FOR YOU.

- KYLE HAVING HIS OWN SHOP,THAT'S BULL[bleep].

COME FIGHTWITH THE REST OF US.

- FOR THE REST OF YOU,IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS,

HUNDREDS OF CANVASESWILL FLOOD THIS HALL,

AND THEY WILL ALLWANT TATTOOS.

TODAY, YOU MUST TATTOOCONVENTION STYLE.

- OOH, [bleep].

AT A CONVENTION, HUNDREDS ANDHUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WILL COME IN,

AND THEY WANT TATTOOS,

AND THEY DON'T WANT TO WAIT.THEY WANT IT NOW.

IT'S VERY, VERY DAUNTING.

- YOU HAVE SIX HOURS TO TATTOOAS MANY CANVASES AS POSSIBLE

WITH THE DESIGNOF THEIR CHOICE.

YOU'LL BE JUDGED NOT ONLYON HOW MANY TATTOOS YOU DO,

BUT ALSO ON THE QUALITYOF YOUR TATTOOS.

- THIS IS A GREAT WAYTO PUT PEOPLE

UNDER THE GUNRIGHT OFF THE BAT.

COMPETITION IS ONFROM THE SECOND YOU WALK IN.

- JUST LIKE AT A CONVENTION,YOU MUST BE ABLE TO WORK QUICKLY

UNDER PRESSURE TO SURVIVEIN THIS COMPETITION.

BASED ON YOUR WORK,THE JUDGES WILL DECIDE

WHO DESERVES A SHOPAND WHO DOESN'T.

IT'S EARN YOUR SHOP OR GO HOME.GOOD LUCK.

OKAY, ARTISTS, WE'RE GONNABRING IN YOUR CANVASES.

AND YOUR TIME STARTS...NOW.

- OH, MY GOD.

- A LOT OF THE GREAT TATTOOERSIN THE INDUSTRY

HAVE BASED THEIR CAREERSON BEING IN CONVENTION HALLS.

IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGSTHAT YOU HAVE TO DO

TO STAY RELEVANTIN THE BUSINESS.

- ALL RIGHT, HOW YOU DOING?I'M RUCK.

ALL RIGHT,WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING TO GET?

- THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE.

- YOU'RE DOING A POISON GIRL?

- YEAH, WITH NO REFERENCE.THAT'S FUN.

[laughs]- CONVENTION STYLE.

- YEAH, WHAT'S UP?

- PRESSURE IN A CONVENTIONIS HUGE.

YOU HAVE MASS CROWDS,YOU HAVE NOISE.

THERE ARE NO AMENITIES.

- YOU HAVE TO KIND OF BOOTLEGAN ARMREST.

- YOU'RE COMPLETELY OUTOF YOUR COMFORT ZONE,

SO THE PRESSURE'S ON.

- AND, LIKE,ON THE LETTERING AND [bleep],

I'M GONNA DO, LIKE,A DROP SHADOW BEHIND IT.

YOU'RE THE FIRST TATTOO, SO IGOT TO, LIKE, IMPRESS EVERYBODY.

- THE WORST ISWHEN PEOPLE COME IN

WITH A PICTUREOF SOMEONE ELSE'S TATTOO.

GET YOUR OWN GODDAMN IDEA,[bleep] SIMPLETON.

NOT YOU, OBVIOUSLY.

- THANK YOU.- [laughs]

- I AM GENTLE JAY BLONDEL.

THE "GENTLE" PART COMESFROM THE WAY THAT I TATTOO.

IT DOESN'T DESCRIBEMY PERSONALITY.

I'LL BITE YOUR [bleep] HEAD OFFTO GET WHAT I WANT.

- IN THE ISLANDS,TATTOO'S A VERY PERSONAL THING.

IT'S AN EXCHANGE OF ENERGY.

I DON'T TATTOO PEOPLEI DON'T LIKE.

I'M FROM THE BIG ISLANDOF HAWAII.

I AM PRIMARILY KNOWNFOR POLYNESIAN TATTOO,

AND I HAVE CLIENTS THAT COMEFROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THIS TITLE'S ALREADY MINE.

IT'S ALMOST AS IFI'M RELIVING SOMETHING

I ALREADY KNOW HAS HAPPENED.

- IT'S HARD TO GETTHESE GLOVES ON

WHEN YOU'RE SWEATINGLIKE CRAZY.

- YOU GUYS LOOKING TO GETSOME TATTOOS TODAY, MAN?

- I COULD HAVE SPENT THE WHOLESIX HOURS JUST ON ONE TATTOO,

BUT I'M MORE ABOUT QUALITYTHAN QUANTITY.

I'M PRETTY MUCH JUST KNOWNFOR DOING CLEAN TATTOOS.

I ENJOY NOT HAVINGA SPECIFIC STYLE.

I'VE GONE THROUGH JAIL,DRUG ADDICTION.

PULLED MY LIFE BACK TOGETHER.

I'M GONNA WIN THE COMPETITION.

[bleep] EVERYBODY ELSE.

- SWEATING MY BALLS OFFIN THIS MOTHER[bleep] ROOM.

- COME ON, NOW.- [laughs]

THIS COMPETITION CAN BEAN ANALOGY

FOR EVERY SINGLE DAYTATTOOING.

IF YOU [bleep] UP,YOU [bleep] UP FOR GOOD.

AND NOW, I'M GONNA GO BACK INAND KIND OF DETAIL OUT

SOME OF THIS STUFF TOO.

MY STRATEGY IS JUSTTO FOCUS ON MY OWN ARTWORK,

BECAUSE EVEN THE LOWESTOF MY ABILITY

WILL BE BETTER THAN THE HIGHESTOF MOST OTHER PEOPLE HERE.

- A LOT OF THIS STUFFIS ALL FREEHANDED.

LET ME SEE YOUR ARM REAL QUICK.JUST HOLD IT UP.

- MY TATTOOS REFLECTMY PERSONALITY.

I KNOW IT [bleep] HURTS.BAM!

OVERALL, I'M AGGRESSIVE.

I DEFINITELY THINKTHAT MY TATTOOS HAVE

THAT BLOOD AND THUNDER,THAT GLORY, THAT TOUGH EDGE.

I WANT ITTO ALMOST LOOK LIKE

IT'S GONNA KICK YOUIN THE TEETH.

GET IN THERE!

I'M VERY CONFIDENTTHAT I'M GONNA WIN THIS.

THERE IS NO ONEIN THIS COMPETITION

THAT'S GONNA TAKE THAT WINAWAY FROM ME.

- SCOTT'S DOINGAN ENTIRE CHEST PANEL.

HE'S ALREADY KNOCKEDTWO OF THESE

GIGANTIC [bleep] TATTOOS OUT,AND I'M LIKE, "[bleep].

I MIGHT AS WELL JUSTGO HOME RIGHT NOW."

- YEAH.OH...YEAH.

- OH, TRY NOT TO TALKWITH YOUR HANDS.

I DO IT TOO.DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.

- I CAN'T HAVE IT ON HEREWHERE IT CURVES.

THE ONLY PERSON IN THE ROOMTHAT DOES NOT LIKE BOOBS,

AND I GET THE BOOBS.

- IT'S A BAD SIDE OF NOT HAVING"A" CUPS, BUT YEAH.

[both laughing]

- I SPECIALIZEIN PAINTERLY STYLE TATTOOS,

BUT I ALSO LIKE TO DUPLICATE,LIKE, PORTRAITS.

IT'S PROBABLY GONNA HAVE TOCOME DOWN AT LEAST THIS FAR.

- I DON'T UNDERSTAND,WHY WOULD I BE GETTING A LOCKET

ON MY STOMACH NOW?

- MY CANVASIS A PAIN IN THE ASS.

- I'M A LITTLE APPREHENSIVEABOUT HAVING IT THAT PROMINENT.

- JUST SHUT UPAND GET THE TATTOO.

YOU WANTED IT,YOU'VE THOUGHT ABOUT IT,

YOU'VE PLACED IT.LET'S DO IT RIGHT NOW.

I NEED TO TATTOO SOMETHINGON YOU.

IF NOT, THEN THE GAME IS OVER,AND I'M DONE FOR THE DAY.

I'M [bleep].

- FOUR HOURS REMAINING.

- DID HE SAY FOUR HOURS?

- THE PART ABOUT HAVINGA CONVENTION IS YOU NEVER KNOW

WHAT YOU'RE GONNA BEWORKING WITH, EVER.

TWO YEARS AGO,I WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH TESTICULARAND LYMPH CANCER.

THE FIRST THING I ASKED WAS,"CAN I STILL TATTOO?"

AND THEY SAID, "NO.YOU CAN'T BE AROUND CLIENTS

AND THEIR OPEN WOUNDSDURING CHEMOTHERAPY."

AND I SAID, "I WON'T EVENGO THROUGH IT."

THE FIRST COMPETITIONWAS CANCER.

I FOUGHT IT, AND I WON.

THIS IS JUST LIKEANOTHER ONE OF THOSE BATTLES.

I'M NOT HERE TO [bleep] AROUND,DUDE, I'M HERE TO WIN.

I SPECIALIZE IN NOTHING,I DO EVERYTHING,

AND I'M NOT HERE TO LOSE.

- SO I'M GONNA HAVE YOUPROP YOUR ARM,

AND WE JUST GONNA GO.

- DONE! NEXT ONE!

- HOW MANY TATS YOU DONE TODAY?- I HAVEN'T BEEN COUNTING.

- WE'RE LOOKING FOR THEM TO DOAS MANY TATTOOS AS THEY CAN,

BUT IT'S NOT ABOUT DOINGSEVEN SMALL [bleep] TATTOOS

OR ONE REALLY BIG,NICE TATTOO.

WE ARE LOOKINGFOR STRONG FUNDAMENTALS:

OUTLINE, SHADING, COLOR.

WITHOUT STRONG FUNDAMENTALS,

YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE A RIGHTTO START THIS COMPETITION.

- IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO SLAM OUTSIX REALLY HORRIBLE TATTOOS,

THEN THEY CAN DO THAT.THAT'S NOT GONNA BE MY CALL.

MY STRATEGYFOR QUALITY VERSUS QUANTITY

IS TO DO REALLY NICE,CLEAN PIECES,

TRY TO DO MORE THAN ONE,BUT NOT OVEREXERT MYSELF

TO THE POINT WHERE I DOCRAPPY TATTOOS.

PEOPLE SEEK ME OUTFOR MY ATTENTION TO DETAIL.

A LOT OF MY TATTOOS LOOKLIKE THEY'RE HIGH DEFINITION.

I CAME ON TO THIS COMPETITIONTO WIN,

AND I WILL GET THEREANY WAY THAT I HAVE TO.

- ONE HOUR REMAINING.

- SO CLOSE.I CAN FEEL VICTORY.

- HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BETHE LAST ONE?

- LET'S PARTY. LET'S PARTY.- COOL, MAN, SWEET.

- I HAVE, LIKE, A HA--I HAVE, LIKE--

YEAH.YOU HAVE GREAT EYELASHES.

- THANK YOU.- [laughs]

- I USE BEING A WOMAN TOMY ADVANTAGE FROM TIME TO TIME.

IS THERE A WORD, A NAME,LIKE, A--

AWESOME.YOU SAID THE MAGIC WORDS.

ESPECIALLY 'CAUSE GUYS AREDUMB ENOUGH TO DO WHAT I SAY.

I'M KNOWN FOR MOREOF A GIRLY-FEEL TRADITIONAL.

I LIKE TO PUT MY OWN SPINON THINGS.

MALE OR FEMALE,YOU BETTER GET OUT OF MY WAY.

I WILL CUT A BITCH TO GETTHE TITLE OF INK MASTER.

- FIVE, FOUR, THREE,TWO, ONE.

- OH, MY GOD.- TIME'S UP, MACHINES DOWN.

- ALL RIGHT, LET'S CALL IT.

- NO MORE INK.- AHH!

- DONE.

- I DID THREE TATTOOS.

GODDAMN HALODID SEVEN TATTOOS.

- GLAD I GOTTO SQUEEZE YOU IN, MAN.

- SCOTT DID A HALF SLEEVE.

- THIS HURTSMORE THAN THE TATTOO.

- WHAT THE [bleep] AM I EVENDOING HERE?

I'M GOING HOME, LIKE, TONIGHT.

- I THINK I SPEAK FOREVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THIS ROOM

WHEN I SAY,"WHAT THE [bleep]?"

- I AIN'T GOING HOMEANYTIME SOON.

YOU MOTHER[bleep] ARE GONNAHAVE TO DEAL WITH ME.

- ALL RIGHT, ARTISTS,TIME TO CRITIQUE YOUR WORK.

SAUSAGE.- I LOOK AT ALL YOUR TATTOOS.

YOU DEFINITELY SHOWED US THATYOU CAN DO SOME SMOOTH SHADING

AND GET SOLID BLACKSIN THERE.

THE AMOUNT OF DETAIL YOU GOTINTO THE EYE IS VERY IMPRESSIVE.

- YOUR BLACK AND GRAYAND YOUR LINE QUALITY

IS SOME OF THE NICESTIN THE ROOM.

- THANK YOU, GUYS.

- HALO.- SEVEN TATTOOS

IS A LOT OF TATTOOS, MAN.

- YEAH, I SPENT ABOUT AN HOURON EACH OF 'EM.

- PROBLEM ISTHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IT.

YOU'VE GOT TO BE ABLETO GET THESE THINGS IN CLEAN.

THAT'S HOW YOU'RE GONNA EARNYOUR PLACE.

- JIM.- I WILL SAY 100%, MAN,

THE DOVE IS A NICE TATTOO.

IT SHOWS A LOT OF EXPERTISEAND TECHNIQUE.

JUST DOINGTHE LIGHT-WASH SHADING,

SMOOTH BLENDSFROM DARK TO LIGHT.

- THANK YOU.- MELISSA.

- LOOKS LIKE YOU KNOWHOW TO DESIGN A LITTLE BIT.

AS FAR AS THE LAST TATTOO,

IT HAS A VERY UNFINISHED LOOKTO IT.

- THE SHAKINESS OF THE OUTLINE,YOU'RE COMING UP SHORT.

- JAY.- THIS NAUTICAL STAR TATTOO

COULD'VE HAD A BOLDER OUTLINE.

THE BIRD SKULL,THIS IS THE KIND OF TATTOO

YOU WANTTHAT THIN OUTLINE FOR.

KNOWING WHERE AND WHEN TO USEYOUR SKILLS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

- MATTI.- I REALLY LIKE

THE DETAIL THAT YOU PUTIN THE STAR AND IN THE ANCHOR.

YOU DEFINITELY DIDSOME OF THE CLEANEST TATTOOING

IN THE CONVENTION.- THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

- MATTI, HE'S DEFINITELYONE OF THE BEST

THAT ARE TATTOOING TODAY.HE'S SOMEBODY TO WATCH OUT FOR.

- RANDY.

- WHAT IS GOING ONWITH THE SHAPE OF THIS SKULL?

- IT'S GOTSOME SERIOUS EYEBROWS.

- SHAPE OF THE NOSE, THE WAYTHE ARCH OF THE TEETH COME DOWN.

IT'S OUT OF WHACK.- IF THIS IS A REPRESENTATION

OF WHAT YOU'RE GONNA GIVE US,

YOU'RE GONNA HAVEA SHORT-LIVED TIME.

- SCOTT.- NICE-SIZED TATTOOS.

VERY WELL DONE.

SMOOTH, GOOD LINE WORK,GOOD SHADING.

- YOU ARE DEFINITELY SHINING.

- BUBBA.- THE BASEBALL TATTOO,

IT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT ROUND.THE WINGS ARE POORLY DRAWN.

- IF A BALLIS PERFECTLY ROUND,

THEN THE SHADING'SPERFECTLY ROUND.

IT THROWS IT OUT OF WHACK.

- I MEAN, I DID WHAT I COULDWITH WHAT I HAD.

- THIS ISTHE KIND OF COMPETITION

THAT SEPARATES THE MENFROM THE BOYS.

- KEITH.- THIS HORSESHOE,

IT LOOKS REALLY OUT OF SHAPE.

THE DETAIL IN THE BULLET'SJUST NOT THERE.

- THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFFTHAT YOU'RE GONNA TAKE IT HEAVY

THIS WHOLE RIDEIF YOU CAN'T CLEAN THIS UP.

- OH, I CAN CLEAN IT UP.

- ASHLEY.- LOOKING AT ALL YOUR TATTOOS,

THE CONSISTENCY IN THISIS YOUR OUTLINES.

THEY'RE STRONG, THEY'RE BOLD.

- HOW CLEAN THE LETTERING IS,

IT'S A GOOD POINTTHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

- LETTERING'S MY THING.

- WHICH IS GOOD.- THANK YOU.

- DAMON.

- THAT SKULL,THOSE BUBBLE TEETH.

- SHE WAS LOOKING FOR CUTESY.

- THAT'S NOT CUTESY, MAN.THAT THING'S VERY WEIRD.

I MEAN, YOU DID THREEOF THE SIMPLEST TATTOOS

IN THE ROOM, AND THERE'SMANY FLAWS TO ALL THREE.

- LYDIA.- IT LOOKS LIKE

FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLETATTOOED IN YOUR BOOTH.

THE SOLID FIELD OF COLORIN THE HORSESHOE

DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE RUSHED,CHOPPY COLOR IN THE LOTUS.

- IF YOU'RE CRANKING OUT STUFFLIKE THAT LOTUS,

YOU MAY NOT BE AROUNDLONG ENOUGH

TO DO SOMETHING BETTERTHE NEXT DAY.

- DAVID.- THE HEART, THE SCORPION,

AND THE DREAM CATCHER, THEY ALLSHOW SOME DECENT LINE WORK,

BUT THE LAST TATTOO,THE SHADING LOOKS REALLY RUSHED.

NOT WHAT WE WANTED TO SEE.- RIGHT, OKAY.

- KING RUCK.- OUTLINE ON THE SKULL

IS PRETTY WELL JACKED UPAND THE SAME WITH YOUR ROSE.

- I GAVE IT MY BEST.- YOU DIDN'T GIVE HER YOUR BEST.

LOOK AT THAT ROSE.THAT'S NOT YOUR BEST.

- ROLAND.

- WELL, ROLAND, I THINKI SPEAK FOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON

IN THIS ROOMWHEN I LOOK AT THAT CAT

AND I SAY, "WHAT THE [bleep]?"

- ART'S SUBJECTIVE, YOU KNOW,IT'S SOMETHING

THAT EVERYONE'S GONNA LOOK ATAND SEE SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY.

- THIS ISA TATTOOING SKILL COMPETITION.

THAT CAT IS JUST NOTHINGOTHER THAN AN ATROCITY.

- WELL, RIGHT NOW,THE THREE OF US HAVE TO DECIDE

WHO'S GONNA GET A SURE SPOTIN ONE OF OUR SHOPS.

YOU GUYS WANT TO TALKABOUT THE TOP OF THE FIELD?

- SCOTT--I THINKHE'S DEFINITELY A STANDOUT.

HIS FUNDAMENTALS WERE THERE.- ANOTHER ONE THAT I THOUGHT

SHOWED GOOD FUNDAMENTALSWAS MATTI.

- YOU GUYS SEEMED PRETTY HAPPYWITH SAUSAGE.

- HIS SHADING WAS NICE.HIS LINE WORK WAS NICE.

OVERALL, HE'S GONNA GIVETHESE OTHER TWO GUYS A RUN.

- DO YOU FEEL THAT THESE ARTISTSHAVE ALL EARNED SPOTS?

- DEFINITELY NOT.- THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE

THAT REALLY GOT OFFTO A ROUGH START.

- ONE OF THE ARTISTS THAT COMESTO MIND FOR ME IS KING RUCK.

- IT'S JUST A LOTOF SHAKY LINES,

A LOT OF BAD DESIGNING.

- ROLAND'S TATTOOSSHOW US NOTHING

THAT HE KNOWS ANYTHINGABOUT TATTOOING AT ALL.

- IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE WE HAVEA DECISION.

- YEAH.- LET'S LET 'EM KNOW.

TODAY, WE TESTEDHOW WELL YOU WORK UNDER PRESSURE

BY ASKING YOU TO TATTOOCONVENTION STYLE.

IT'S EARN YOUR SHOPOR GO HOME.

KYLE WAS GIVEN HIS SHOTBY AMERICA

AND DID NOT HAVE TO COMPETE.

IF I SAY YOUR NAME,YOU'VE EARNED A SHOP,

AND YOUR SPOT IN THE COMPETITIONIS SECURE FOR NOW.

MATTI,

YOU HAVE EARNED YOUR SHOP.

- CONGRATULATIONS, BRO.- THANKS, MAN.

- SCOTT.- SWEET.

- ASHLEY.

SAUSAGE.

JIM.- FA--CHA.

- FOR THE REST OF YOU,

NONE OF YOU PROVEDTHAT YOU DESERVE A SHOP.

- I DID NOT COME HERETO JUST GO RIGHT BACK HOME.

IF I DIDN'T GET A SHOP,I'M FREAKING THE [bleep] OUT.

- HOWEVER, TOMORROW,YOU'LL GET ONE MORE CHANCE

TO PROVE YOUR WORTH.

- GUYS, WE UNDERSTANDTHERE'S A LOT OF PRESSURE

IN THIS FIRST CHALLENGE.

A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT RATTLED.

WE WANT TO SEETHE BEST YOU CAN DO.

- ONE THING IS FOR SURE--AT THE END OF THE NEXT 24 HOURS,

ONE OF YOU WILL BE GOING HOME.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT THE SHOP.

- WHOO-HOO!

- ABOUT TIME.- YEAH.

- LET'S DO THIS.

- OH.

- OH, WOW.- OH.

- OH, MY GOODNESS.THAT IS SICK.

- [laughs]

- OH, THIS LOOKS AWESOME.

- THIS IS AWESOME.

I'VE NEVER HADMY OWN SHOP BEFORE,

SO THIS IS AMAZING TO ME.

- CONGRATULATIONS.- [crying] THANK YOU.

- THIS IS BULL[bleep]THAT I DON'T HAVE A ROOM YET.

HOW THE [bleep]DID I NOT EARN MY SPOT?

IT'S RIDICULOUS.

I'M GONNA KNOCK THE NEXT ONEOUT OF THE PARK.

- WELCOME, ARTISTS.

THIS WEEK, IT'S EARN YOUR SHOPOR GO HOME.

KYLE, MATTI, SCOTT, SAUSAGE,ASHLEY, AND JIM,

YOU EARNED YOUR SHOPAND WILL NOT TATTOO TODAY.

THE REST OF YOUHAVE NOT EARNED A SHOP.

YOU HAVE ONE MORE CHANCE.

YOU MUST SHOW USWHY YOU DESERVE TO BE HERE.

TODAY, YOUR CANVASESARE COMPLETELY OPEN.

YOU'LL HAVE SIX HOURSTO TATTOO THEM

WITH THE DESIGN OF YOUR CHOICEIN THE STYLE OF YOUR CHOICE.

- [clapping]- OOH.

- ALL RIGHT.

- MOST OF THE PAST SEASONS,WE'VE HAD ARTISTS

THAT HAVE COME ONAND NOT GOT TO SHOW THEIR STYLE

AND GONE HOMEBEFORE THEY EVEN HAD A CHANCE.

NOW, YOU HAVETHE ABILITY TO SHOW US

THAT IT'S WORTH YOU BEING HERE.

WE WANT TO SEE WHAT IT ISTHAT YOU LIKE TO DO.

- I'D LOVE TO BE ABLETO TELL YOU

THAT I'M VERY COMFORTABLERIGHT NOW, BUT I'M NOT.

I GET TO DO WHATEVER I WANT,BUT I ALSO HAVE TO CONSIDER

TIMING, COLOR, BLACK AND GRAY.IT'S TERRIFYING.

- ARTISTS, YOU'VE BEENRANDOMLY ASSIGNED A CANVAS,

AND YOU WILL HAVE SIX HOURSTO COMPLETE YOUR TATTOO.

BASED ON YOUR WORK,THE JUDGES WILL DETERMINE

WHICH ONE OF YOUWILL NEVER OPEN SHOP.

GOOD LUCK.

- THIS IS EVERYONE'S OPPORTUNITYTO SHINE

WITHOUT ANY EXCUSES AT ALL.

I DO LIKE SKULLS A LOT TOO.

- SOON AS YOU SEE IT, PEOPLE AREGONNA BE LIKE, "HOLY [bleep]."

- JUST DO SOMETHINGRIGHT AROUND HERE.

- SO YOU LIKE A LITTLE BIT MOREOF THE TRADITIONAL STYLE? OKAY.

I'M FREAKING OUT.

NO ONE WANTS TO BE THE FIRST ONESENT HOME.

- I'M GONNA GIVE YOUPOLYNESIAN TATTOO.

DOES THAT SOUND NICE TO YOU?

- I ACTUALLY HAVE NO IDEAWHAT THAT IS.

- I HAVE TO BEIN THIS COMPETITION.

WHAT CAN I DOTO REDEEM MYSELF?

HOW AM I GONNA BRING MYSELF UPFROM THE ABSOLUTE BOTTOM?

- DAMN.

I HAVE NOT EARNED MY SHOP.

I AM PRETTY DAMN NERVOUS.

- WHAT YOU DOING, DAMON?- GO WITH THIS,

THE DAY-OF-THE-DEAD TYPEOF THING.

- THE DRAWING'S NICE, DUDE.

- I'VE ONLY BEEN TATTOOINGFOR THE LAST THREE YEARS,

BUT I SPENT FOUR YEARSIN ART SCHOOL.

I HAVE AN EXTREMELY STRONGARTISTIC BACKGROUND.

JESUS CHRIST,TIME HAS FLOWN BY.

I AM AN UNDERDOG, BUT I HAVEA BIG MOTHER[bleep] BITE.

OH, MY GOD.DAMN. UGH!

- YOU SEEM TO BE BUGGING OUTA LITTLE BIT.

- YEAH.

- DAMON CAN DRAW,BUT HE CAN'T TATTOO.

IF HE GETS A SHOP,IT'S AN INJUSTICE

TO A REAL TATTOO ARTIST.

- [bleep]!

- ARTISTS, THIS ISYOUR LAST CHANCE

TO EARN YOUR SHOP.

YOU HAVE SIX HOURS TO TATTOO.

AND YOUR TIME STARTS NOW.

- ALL RIGHT, BROTHER.- LET'S GO.

- IN A CHALLENGE LIKE THIS,WHERE YOUR CANVAS IS OPEN,

WE'RE LOOKING TO SEE THESEARTISTS EXPRESS THEMSELVES.

THEY SHOULD BE READYTO COMPETE.

YOU WOULD HOPETHIS IS GONNA BE

THE BEST TATTOOTHEY'VE EVER DONE.

THIS IS IT.WHO EARNS A SHOP?

WHO GOES HOME?

- NICE.

- ALL RIGHT, MAN.GOOD LUCK TO US BOTH.

[tattoo machines buzzing]

- UH-OH.

- HOW YOU DOING?- I REALLY LIKE PORTRAIT WORK.

THIS IS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVENRIGHT NOW.

I DEFINITELY DIDN'T EXPECTTO BE AT THE BOTTOM.

I THINK EVERYONE ON TOPSHOULD BE NERVOUS

ABOUT WHERE THEY SIT,'CAUSE WE'RE COMING BACK.

IF I GO HOME,IT'S NOT GONNA BE TODAY,

AND IT'S NOT GONNA BEOFF OF A CHALLENGE

WHERE I GET TO DO WHAT I WANT--THAT'S FOR [bleep] SURE.

- FEEL BETTER TODAY?

- I'M LITERALLY PROBABLYGONNA BE THAT NERVOUS

EVERY SINGLE TIME.

I DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC STYLE.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO JUST DOWHATEVER ANYONE WANTS.

- ARE YOU DOINGJUST ALL BLACK AND GRAY?

- NO, I'M GONNA BE DOINGSOME COLOR AS WELL.

A TRADITIONAL-STYLE DESIGN SHOWSTHE FUNDAMENTALS OF TATTOOING.

THAT'S HOW I'M GOING TO EARNA SHOP.

- FOUR HOURS REMAINING.

- WHAT'D YOU COME UP WITH?CAN I LOOK?

- THIS ISA VERY DETAILED TATTOO.

- YOU GOT ANY WORRIESON TIME HERE?

- YEAH, I WAS JUST GONNA SAYTHE SAME THING.

- A LITTLE BIT.

- DAMON HAS BITTEN OFFMORE THAN HE CAN CHEW.

HIS LINE WORK IS SHAKY,

AND HE'S TRYINGTO PULL OUT TRICKS

THAT HIGH-LEVEL ARTISTSRARELY ATTEMPT.

- RANDY.- YES, SIR.

I DECIDE TO DOA PHOTO-REALISTIC CLIPPER SHIP.

IT'S GOT LINES, IT'S GOT BLACK,IT'S GOT COLOR.

- RANDY IS ON A SHIPTO NOWHERE.

IT'S MESSY, IT'S NOT CLEAR,IT'S NOT CLEAN,

AND IT SHOULD NOT HAVEA HOME HERE.

- ALL RIGHT.

- I'M DOING A BIG OL' CRAZY,BLACK-AND-GRAY SKULL.

MY REPUTATION'S ON THE LINETODAY.

IT'S MORE THAN ESSENTIALTHAT I REDEEM MYSELF.

- YOU'VE BEENENJOYING TATTOOING

FOR 20 YEARS?- YEP.

I DO MAINLYFINE LINE BLACK AND GRAY.

IF I WANT SOMETHING,I WILL PUNCH AND KICK

AND FIGHT TILL I GET IT.

- YOU ALSO HAVEOVER 20 NATIONAL AWARDS.

- YES.- IT SAYS RIGHT HERE, LOOK.

DAVID HAD SOME STRONG TATTOOSIN THE CONVENTION SETTING.

COMING INTO THIS OPEN CANVASCHALLENGE, THIS TATTOO,

IT'S HARD TO TELLWHAT'S GOING ON.

SEEMS LIKE HE'S TAKENA STEP BACKWARDS.

ALL RIGHT, DAVID,WE'LL SEE YOU IN A BIT.

- TWO MORE HOURS REMAINING.

- WHAT'S UP, DAVE?- HI, DARLING.

WOW, WHAT IS THIS?LIKE A FANTASY SUGAR SKULL?

- YES,THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON

IN MY CRAZY IMAGINATION.- COOL.

- I'VE BEEN TATTOOINGFOR TEN YEARS.

MY TATTOOS ARE SURREAL.I FELL IN LOVE TATTOOING.

JUST KEPT GOING FOR IT INTO THATVOID OF ART, NEEDLES, BLOOD.

SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW THAT I GETTO DO SOMETHING, LIKE, JUST--

- WHATEVER THE [bleep] YOU WANT.- YEAH, IT'S AWESOME.

- WHAT'S UP, GUY?

DOING WHAT YOU DO BEST?SOME TIBETAN?

- TIBETAN?NO, THIS IS POLYNESIAN.

I GOT MY ASS HANDED TO ME.

I JUST NEEDED TO GET MY HEADIN THE GAME.

- IT'S NOT CALLED"INK MEDIOCRE."

IT'S CALLED "INK MASTER."

- WE'RE ALLON THE CHOPPING BLOCK,

BUT BASED ON WHAT I'VE DONEAT THE CONVENTION,

I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MORE OFA SUBSTANTIAL MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB.

- I THINK I SPEAKFOR EVERY SINGLE PERSON

IN THIS ROOMWHEN I LOOK AT THAT CAT

AND I SAY,"WHAT THE [bleep]?"

- ROLAND'S TATTOOIS THE WORST.

I MEAN, HE TOOKSUCH AN EASY WAY OUT.

ANYBODY CAN DO TRIBAL.

- TEN MINUTES REMAIN.

- OH, MY GOD. OH!- NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

- OH, I WANT TO KILL YOU.- PLEASE DON'T KILL ME.

- YOU'RE JUST CAUSING MEA LOT OF PAIN.

- ♪ BUT I'M SO CLOSE,IT'S CRAZY ♪

I'VE BEEN TATTOOINGFOR 13 YEARS.

I SPECIALIZE IN A MODERN STYLEOF TRADITIONAL TATTOOING.

GET IT, GET IT OUT, AH!

I WANT TO BE THE MAN IN THE ENDTHAT SAYS,

"I AM THE INK MASTER."

I CAN TASTE VICTORY,AND IT'S SWEET.

- AND FIVE, FOUR,

THREE, TWO, ONE.

THAT'S IT.MACHINES DOWN, NO MORE INK.

- ALL RIGHT.- WHOO!

- ALL RIGHT, HERE WE GO.

- HOLY [bleep]!

- IS SHE BADASS OR WHAT?

- THAT IS SICK.THAT'S AWESOME, DUDE.

- GOD, SHE LOOKS SO GOOD.

- DAMON'S DAY-OF-THE-DEAD GIRL,

THE PART IN HER HAIRLOOKS LIKE A GIANT SCAR

LIKE SHE HAD AN AX WOUND.

IT'S WAY TOO WIDE.IT'S WAY TOO LIGHT.

IF MY GIRLCAME HOME WITH THAT,

I'D HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEMWITH DAMON.

- WHAT JUST HAPPENED?- I'M ANGRY NOW.

- WE ALL JUST GOT PUNCHEDIN THE [bleep] NUTS.

- YOU HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE.- I DID IT ON PURPOSE.

- DID YOU NOT WANTTO BE HERE?

- I BIT OFF A LITTLE BIT MORETHAN I CAN CHEW.

- GET READY FOR A HARD RIDE.

- WE'RE ALL BEING TOLDTHAT WE'RE THE BOTTOM,

BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT

I'M NOT A BOTTOM-OF-THE-BOATTATTOO ARTIST.

- NO, I DON'T THINKI SHOULD BE IN THE BOTTOM,

AND I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD BEIN THE BOTTOM EITHER.

- I'VE NEVER IN MY LIFEBEEN AT THE BOTTOM OF ANYTHING.

- I ALSO DON'T THINK ANYBODYTHAT'S OUT THERE RIGHT NOW

THAT HAS A SHOP BLEW ANY OF USOUT OF THE WATER.

- NAH, MAN.- THEY WEREN'T BETTER.

I DON'T THINK THEY WERE BETTER.- ASHLEY DIDN'T IMPRESS ME.

[bleep] ASHLEY. LIKE, WHY DOESSHE HAVE A SHOP AND I DON'T?

- THAT WAS THE ONEWHO I WAS JUST LIKE--

WHEN SHE GOT CALLED UP,I WAS LIKE, "WAIT, WHAT?"

- [bleep].- "ARE YOU SERIOUS?"

- I COULD LOOK AT THINGSTHAT HE DID,

I CAN LOOK AT THINGSTHAT HE DID AND BE LIKE,

"WELL, THAT'S BETTERTHAN [bleep] ASHLEY'S.

THAT'S BETTER THAN JIM."

WHAT THE [bleep] ARE THEY DOINGIN THE OTHER GROUP? HONESTLY.

I THINK I DID A BETTER JOBTHAN PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY.

IF I DON'T EARN A SHOP,YEAH, I'M GONNA WANT

TO BURNTHE [bleep] BUILDING DOWN.

- THE "CONVENTION" DOESN'T MEAN[bleep] ON WHAT'S TODAY.

- ALL THAT [bleep]IS IN THE PAST. I'M ANGRY NOW.

I'M GONNA [bleep]ON EVERYONE.

EVERY ONE I CAN GET A CHANCE,I'M GONNA [bleep] ON YOU.

- I AIN'T GOING HOMEANYTIME SOON.

YOU MOTHER[bleep] ARE GONNAHAVE TO DEAL WITH ME.

- ARTISTS, THIS WEEK YOU'REFIGHTING FOR AN INK MASTER SHOP,

AND ONE OF YOU WON'T GET ONE.

- EVERY SINGLE PERSON DID BETTERTHAN THEY DID IN THE CONVENTION,

SO YOUR COMPETITIONIS STACKED HIGH.

- HALO,LET'S START WITH YOU.

- FROM WHAT WE SAWIN THE CONVENTION HALL,

YOU DID BRING YOURSELF BACKA LOT.

OVERALL, MAN,YOU DID A NICE, BIG TATTOO.

YOUR BLACK-AND-GRAY SHADINGIS SMOOTH AND NICE,

BUT YOU STILL DO HAVE SOME AREASTHAT YOU NEED TO TIGHTEN UP.

WHAT JUMPS OUT IMMEDIATELYIS THE WEIRD HAIR

THAT GOES OVER THE NECKAND THE COLLARBONE

AND THEN THE BIG, OPEN PIECEOF HAIR THAT YOU HAVE

THAT JUST FLOATSIN THE MIDDLE.

- I DID IT ON PURPOSE.I WANTED TO BREAK 'EM UP.

- IT JUST STANDS OUT.

THESE ARE NITPICKY THINGS,BUT THIS IS THE STUFF

THAT YOU HAVE TO HEARTO GET BETTER MOVING FORWARD.

- MELISSA.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU RANKAMONG THE FIELD

IN TERMS OF EXPERIENCE?- DEFINITELY ONE OF THE PEOPLE

THAT'S BEEN TATTOOINGFOR THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME,

SO THAT'S INTIMIDATING.

- YOU DEFINITELY SHOWED USYOU HAVE THE SKILLS

AND TECHNIQUES TO LAYAN OUTLINE, DO SOME SHADING.

I LIKE THE DESIGN, I LIKEA LOT OF ELEMENTS OF THIS THING.

- OUT OF EVERYBODYTHAT'S BEEN UP HERE,

YOU'VE DONETHE MOST DELIBERATE OUTLINE.

- THANK YOU.- HOWEVER,

A BIG THING WITH THIS TATTOO ISTHE CROW RUNNING INTO THE HAIR.

THIS WALL-TO-WALL TATTOOINGWITH NO BREAK ANYWHERE,

IT'S GONNA BE MUDDY,WITHOUT A DOUBT.

YOU NEED TO KNOWWHAT YOUR TATTOOS ARE GONNA

HEAL LIKEAND LOOK LIKE LATER.

- KEITH.

- IT'S NOT REALLYAN ATTRACTIVE LADY.

Y'ALL GET THAT FEELING?

- I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A MANOR A WOMAN.

- IT KIND OF HASA VERY MANNISH LOOK TO IT.

VERY HARSH AND VERY STRICT.

- WITH THE TATTOO BEING SO DARK,IN A SENSE,

I KIND OF MADE HER FACESO IT'D KIND OF MATCH.

I CAN'T HAVE A WEIRD CREATUREAND THEN HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FACE.

- YOU COULD.

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITYTO EARN A ROOM TODAY.

IF YOU GIVE ME THIS,I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO QUESTION

IF YOU SHOULD BE HERE.

- NEXT UP, KING RUCK.

- YOU HAD MULTIPLE REFERENCESFOR A WOLF FACE,

AND YOU TOOK DIFFERENT PIECESOF DIFFERENT WOLVES

AND PUT 'EM TOGETHER,AND THEY DIDN'T LINE UP.

THE TEETH ARE COMINGSTRAIGHT AT YOU.

ONE EYE IS GOING ONE WAY.THE NOSE IS TWISTED OFF.

IF YOU'RE GONNA PLAY GOD ANDMIX UP THREE DIFFERENT WOLVES,

THEY ALL GOT TO BE ATTACHEDTO THE SAME SKULL.

- I COMEFROM A GRAFFITI BACKGROUND.

NOTHING IS PICTURE PERFECT.

I KIND OF WANTED TO GIVE ITTHAT ROCKY,

HE'S KIND OF LEANING IN,MOVING OUT.

- NONE OF THAT DRAWINGTRANSLATES TO TATTOOING.

YOU ARE, ON PAPER,A VERY TALENTED ARTIST.

YOU HAVE TO ELEVATEYOUR ARTIST SKILL ON PAPER

TO SKILL ON SKIN.

- LYDIA.

- THE FIRST THING THATJUMPS OUT TO ME IS CONTRAST.

YOUR BACKGROUND EITHER NEEDSTO BE A LOT DARKER

THAN THE FOREGROUND OR A LOTLIGHTER THAN THE FOREGROUND.

WITH IT BEINGTHE SAME TONE THROUGHOUT,

FROM ACROSS THE ROOM,IT'S A BIG, BLACK SPOT.

- I ACTUALLY TONED DOWNTHE BACKGROUND A BIT

TO KEEP THE SUBJECT MATTERFROM GETTING MUDDLED.

- THIS TATTOO DOES NOTJUMP OUT AT ME LIKE,

"SHE'S DEFINITELY EARNEDHER SPOT, SHE'S HERE."

- BUBBA.

- THE THINGABOUT THIS SKIN RIP IS

IT DOESN'T REALLY HAVEA FLESHY LOOK TO IT.

IT LOOKS VERY RIGID AND--- IT'S SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE

IT WAS DONE A WHILE BACK,NOT LIKE IT JUST HAPPENED.

- IT'S JUST KIND OF AWKWARD.

- YOU HAVE MANY PROBLEMSWITH YOUR OUTLINE.

ALL YOUR SCREW CIRCLESARE FLAT ON ONE SIDE.

THEY DON'T HAVETHAT PERFECTLY ROUND AREA.

IF YOU'RE DOING MECHANICS,EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PERFECT,

AND IF YOU'RE GONNA CHALLENGEYOURSELF TO DO IT,

THEN YOU'RE GONNAEXPOSE YOURSELF IF YOU CAN'T.

- DAVID.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THIS TATTOOWILL EARN YOU A SHOP HERE?

- I'M HAPPY WITH IT.I THINK IT LOOKS PRETTY COOL.

- BUT IS IT READABLE?

CAN ANYBODY LOOK AT ITAND GO, "SKULL"?

- SKULL-ISH.

LOOK AT THE NOSE,THE MOUTH, THE JAWBONE.

HARD TO SEEWHAT'S GOING ON THERE.

IT'S A MESS.

- YOU DIDN'T MAKEA GREAT DECISION HERE.

- GENTLE JAY.

- THIS TATTOO'SVERY RECOGNIZABLE.

THE DETAIL IN IT IS NICE.THE OUTLINE LOOKS REALLY CLEAN.

DESIGN-WISE, IT JUST HASA VERY STALE APPEARANCE TO IT.

JUST THE TWO ROSESPERFECTLY ON THE SIDE,

BOTH HAVE THREE LEAVES,ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME.

YOU HAND-DREW THIS THINGFOR THIS GUY PERSONALLY.

- YEAH.- MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THAT.

- AND IF YOU'RE NOT ABLETO ARTISTICALLY PUT OUT

GREAT COMPOSITION FROM THE STARTTO BACK UP GREAT TATTOOING,

YOU'RE NOT GONNA LAST,NOT LONG.

- RANDY.

YOU ARE A PHOTO-REALISM GUY,RIGHT?

- THAT'S TYPICALLYWHAT I GET ASKED TO DO.

- THIS THING IS VERY PATCHY.

THIS HAS THAT REMEDIALPAINT-BY-NUMBER LOOK TO IT.

THAT'S WHERE THAT COLOR ENDS,THIS IS WHERE THIS COLOR ENDS,

THIS IS WHERETHIS COLOR STARTS.

FROM THE BLACK TO THE BROWNTO THE ORANGE TO THE YELLOW,

THERE'S NO SOFT FADES.

- IT WAS KIND OF MEANT TO BEMORE OF A PAINTING STYLE.

- EVEN IF YOU TAKE A PAINTERLYAPPROACH AT A REAL PHOTO,

YOUR QUALITY OF APPLICATIONSTILL HAS TO BE THERE.

WE'RE LACKING THAT.

- DAMON.

- LOOKING AT THIS TATTOO,YOUR INEXPERIENCE REALLY SHOWS.

THE SHADING IN THE SPIDERWEBON HER FOREHEAD, VERY SPLOTCHY.

THERE'S A LOTOF INCONSISTENCY,

A LOT OF WEAK OUTLINES,AND IT'S JUST NOT SMOOTH.

THERE WAS NO CARE OR ATTENTIONTO DETAIL PUT INTO THIS.

- I HONESTLY DIDN'T THINKIT WAS, LIKE, THAT BAD.

- IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE MANYPROBLEMS WITH YOUR OUTLINE,

THEN YOU HAVE A MAJOR ISSUE.

- ROLAND.

- KNOWING THAT POLYNESIANIS YOUR SPECIALTY,

I WAS VERY IMPRESSEDWITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE

AND THE LAYOUT AND THE WAYYOU FIT THIS TO THE LEG.

MY FEAR IS,FURTHER IN THIS COMPETITION,

DO YOU HAVE THE OTHER SKILLSTHAT ARE GONNA BE NEEDED

TO DO ALL OF THESE CHALLENGES?

- THE TATTOOING YOU DIDAT THE CONVENTION,

THERE'S NOT A PERSONIN THIS ROOM

THAT LOOKED AT THAT CATAND SAID, "HEY,

THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL-GRADEQUALITY TATTOO."

THAT STUFF IS NOT GOING TO WORKIN THIS COMPETITION.

- ALL RIGHT, ARTISTS,HEAD BACK TO THE LOFT.

WE'LL CALL YOU BACKWHEN WE HAVE A DECISION.

- I'VE GOT ISSUESWITH YOUR LACK OF EXPERIENCE.

I MEAN, DO YOU HONESTLY FEELWE'RE ON THE SAME LEVEL,

THAT YOU HAVE A CHANCEOF BEATING ME?

- YES.YOU KNOW, I KNOW I CAN DRAW

TEN TIMES BETTERTHAN A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HERE.

- "I WENT TO [bleep] ART SCHOOL,AND I GOT A DEGREE, WHATEVER."

- ART SCHOOL DOESN'T TEACH YOUHOW TO TATTOO, YOU KNOW.

- NO, IT DOESN'T TEACH YOU

HOW TO TATTOO, BUT IT DOESTEACH YOU HOW TO DESIGN,

AND QUITE HONESTLY,WITH YOUR DESIGN,

FROM AN ILLUSTRATOR'S POINTOF VIEW, WHEN I LOOKED AT IT,

ONE, THE ROSE IN THE MOUTHLOOKED LIKE A CUPCAKE.

TWO, THE ROSES ON THE SIDE,

I WOULD HAVE NEVER,IN MY ENTIRE ILLUSTRATIVE LIFE,

PUT THOSE ROSESDOWN TOWARD THE BOTTOM.

I WOULD HAVE PUT THEMUP TOWARD THE TOP

SO THAT THEY FORM A TRIANGLE.

- YOU WOULD HAVE MADE IT LOOKLIKE MICKEY MOUSE

WITH THAT [bleep],SO RIGHT THERE,

YOU JUST STEPPEDON YOUR OWN DICK.

- NAH, NOT AT ALL.- YEAH, YOU DID.

DAMON TRYING TO TELL ME THATMY DESIGN DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT,

IT'S LIKE A TWO-YEAR-OLDTEACHING THEIR FATHER

HOW TO WALK.

- IF ANYTHING,YOURS LOOKED

LIKE IT WASMORE OF A BEGINNER TATTOO.

- DUDE, THAT THING WAS BUSTED.- IT WAS PRETTY BEAT.

- NONETHELESS, I'M STILLTATTOOING NEXT TO YOU.

- BUT DO YOU DESERVE IT?

- I--GODDAMN STRAIGHT I DO.

- ALL RIGHT, GUYS.EARN YOUR SHOP OR GO HOME.

THEY'RE DOING THE TATTOOSOF THEIR CHOICE.

OPEN CANVASES.EVERYBODY, IN SOME SMALL WAY,

REDEEMED THEMSELVESFROM THE CONVENTION.

WHO WENT LEAPS AND BOUNDS?

- OBVIOUSLY, HALO--IT'S DEFINITELY

ONE OF THE BEST TATTOOSWE SEE TODAY.

- NICE SHADING,A LOT OF POTENTIAL.

- I WAS VERY SURPRISED AND HAPPYWITH WHAT MELISSA TURNED IN.

- THE OUTLINE ON THIS TATTOO'SVERY NICE.

- WAY BETTER THAN SOMEOF THESE ONES IN THE BOTTOM.

- SO LET'S TALKABOUT THE BOTTOM.

WHO DOESN'T DESERVEA SHOP HERE?

- YOU GOT RANDY,WHO DID NOT DO SOLID BLACK,

WHO DID A LOT OF CROOKED LINES.I MEAN, THAT SHIP IS A MESS.

- IT'S A MESS,BUT IT CAN BE FIXED.

IF I ENDED UPWITH DAVID'S TATTOO,

I'D HAVE TO BLACK OUTTHAT LEG.

- SKULLS,ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE IMAGES

IN THE HISTORY OF TATTOOING.

THE FACT THAT YOU CAN'TLOOK AT THIS AND SEE A TOOTH,

THAT HELPS ITNOT LOOK LIKE A SKULL.

HE [bleep] UP.- IF YOU HAD TO WEAR

DAVID'S SKULLOR DAMON'S DAY-OF-THE-DEAD GIRL,

WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

- THIS TATTOO HASA LOT OF TECHNICAL FLAWS.

- I UNDERSTANDWHAT YOU'RE SAYING.

HOWEVER, IT'S WAY MORE LEGIBLEAND READABLE

THAN THE SKULL WE SAWFROM THE 20-YEAR VETERAN.

- THAT FLOWER ON HER CHINIS JACKED,

AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE SHADINGUNDERNEATH HER RIGHT EYE,

JUST PAY ATTENTIONTO JUST THESE DETAILS,

IF YOU BLOCK OUT THE IMAGEOF THE WHOLE GIRL

AND JUST GO IN ONE BY ONEAND LOOK AT THE LITTLE AREAS,

IT'S UNMISTAKABLE--IT'S JUST NOT DONE WELL.

- ROLAND'S TATTOO.- THIS TATTOO DOESN'T LOOK BAD

UNTIL YOU GET CLOSE AND SEETHAT IT'S NOT 100% SOLID.

IT'S A TOUGH ONE.- I THINK WE HAVE A DECISION,

THOUGH.- YEAH.

- WANT TO GET 'EM?- YEAH.

- ALL RIGHT, MAN.

- I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO RELAXAT ALL SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE.

- I DON'T WANT TO RELAX--I JUST DON'T WANT TO FEEL

LIKE I'M ABOUT TO GET[bleep] ASSASSINATED EITHER.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

[door opens]

- UH-OH. MM.

- ALL RIGHT, GUYS.THE JUDGES HAVE MADE A DECISION.

WE NEED TO SEE EVERYBODYBACK DOWN IN THE SHOP.

- WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

- WE ALL JUST GOT PUNCHEDIN THE [bleep] NUTS.

[dramatic rock music]

- ARTISTS,THIS WAS YOUR LAST CHANCE

TO PROVE THAT YOU DESERVETO BE IN THIS COMPETITION.

SEVERAL OF YOUREDEEMED YOURSELVES.

IF I SAY YOUR NAME,YOU'VE EARNED A SHOP,

AND YOUR SPOTIN THIS COMPETITION IS SECURE.

FOR NOW.

HALO.- YOU WENT FOR IT,

YOU WENT STRONG, AND YOUCAME OUT WITH A VERY NICE PIECE.

- HAVE A SEAT.YOU HAVE EARNED YOUR SHOP.

- CONGRATS, MAN.

- JAY.- JAY, YOU WERE CLEANER

THAN A LOT OF THE GUYS,

BUT WE WANT YOU TO REALLYBE CAREFUL OF YOUR ART CHOICES.

- CONGRATULATIONS.YOU HAVE EARNED A SHOP.

BUBBA.

- GOOD JOB ON MAKINGA GOOD COMEBACK, BUBBA.

GET READY FOR A HARD RIDE.

- TAKE A SEAT.- PHEW.

- MELISSA.- THANK YOU.

- KEITH.- THANK YOU.

- LYDIA.- THANK YOU.

- KING.- THANK YOU.

- DAVID.- THANK YOU.

- ROLAND, RANDY, DAMON,

ANY ONE OF YOU COULDJUSTIFIABLY BE SENT HOME.

RANDY.- THE INCONSISTENCIES

THAT WE SAW IN THE CONVENTIONWE SAW AGAIN TODAY.

- I DIDN'T THINKIT WAS NEARLY AS BAD

AS SOME OF THE OTHER ONES.

FOR INSTANCE,KING RUCK'S WOLF WAS MISSHAPEN.

THERE WAS NO COLOR IN IT.

- I DON'T THINK YOU LOOKEDAT THE PICTURE,

BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER--THE JUDGES MADE THEIR CHOICE.

- YOU DIDN'T HAVESTRONG, CLEAN LINES,

YOU DIDN'T HAVESTRONG BLACK SHADING,

AND YOU DIDN'T HAVESTRONG FIELDS OF COLOR.

THESE ARE YOUR FUNDAMENTALS.

- DAMON.- YOUR TATTOOS

IN THE CONVENTION SETTING,VERY, VERY ROUGH.

THIS TATTOO IS RIDDLED WITHA LOT OF DIFFERENT PROBLEMS.

LINE WORK IS STILLA MAJOR ISSUE.

- I BIT OFF A LITTLE BIT MORETHAN I CAN CHEW

WITH THE SIZE OF IT,BUT NEXT TIME,

IT'S A MUCH MORECONTROLLED BITE.

- IT'S A ROUGH TATTOO THAT WASBASICALLY ABOVE YOUR PAY GRADE.

- ROLAND.- THOSE FIRST THREE TATTOOS

WERE A ONE-WAY TICKET HOME.DID YOU NOT WANT TO BE HERE?

- I'M NOT GONNA MAKE EXCUSES,YOU KNOW.

I WAS THROWN INTO A SITUATIONTHAT I WASN'T PREPARED FOR.

- EVERY DAYIS GOING TO BE SOMETHING

THAT YOU'RE NOT PREPARED FOR,I PROMISE.

THAT'S THE COMPETITION.

- I'M HERE TO PROVETHAT I CAN BE HERE,

AND I JUST WANTED TO SHOW YOU

IN THAT TATTOOTHAT I COULD LINE

AND THAT I CAN DO THE TATTOOSTHAT YOU WILL REQUIRE OF ME.

- IT'S HARD FOR US TO LOOKPAST THAT POLYNESIAN TATTOO.

WHEN YOU GOT TO PICKYOUR OWN THING,

YOU DID SOME LINE WORK.

THE BOTTOM FIELDIS A LOT BIGGER

THAN WE WOULD HAVELIKED IT TO BE.

- LITERALLY, WE COULD HAVEPUT ALL THE NAMES IN A HAT

AND SENT ANY OF YOU GUYS HOME.- IT'S A CRAPSHOOT,

AND IT'S VERY TEETER-TOTTERON WHO'S GONNA GO HOME.

[dramatic music]

- THE JUDGES HAVE DECIDED.

RANDY...

YOU HAVE EARNED A SHOP.

CONGRATULATIONS.- THANK YOU.

- [sighs]

- DAMON AND ROLAND,

THE JUDGES HAVE DECIDED...

ROLAND...

YOU'VE EARNED A SHOP.HAVE A SEAT.

- THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

I WON'T LET YOU DOWN.

- DAMON,

YOU DO NOT HAVE WHAT IT TAKESTO BE INK MASTER.

- WHAT'S COMING,YOU'RE NOT READY FOR.

THIS IS A TOUGH HOUSETO COME INTO

WHEN YOU'RE NOT READYTO BE HERE.

- PLEASE PACK YOUR MACHINESAND GO HOME.

- EVERYONE HAS OPINIONSJUST LIKE THEY HAVE ASS[bleep].

WAS MY TATTOO AS TECHNICALLYUNSOUND AS THEY SAID?

NO.

GIVE ME A COUPLE MORE YEARS,

I'M BLOWING ALL Y'ALLOUT THE WATER.

[bleep] IT.

narrator: ON THE NEXT EPISODEOF INK MASTER...

- DON'T STING ME.

- THIS CHALLENGEIS A [bleep] NIGHTMARE.

- [bleep], I HATE THIS.

- YOU'RE IN A COMPETITION.BUCK UP, CAMPER.

- OKAY, DICKHEAD.

THIS IS ABOUT TO GET UGLY.

- GET BACK HERE!- DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

- IS THERE A GOOD OUTLINE?NO.

IS THERE DIMENSION?HELL NO.

- I DON'T WANTTO DO THIS ANYMORE.

I CANNOT STRESS THAT ENOUGH.

- CALM THE [bleep] DOWN!SHUT THE [bleep] UP!

LET'S GET THE [bleep]ON WITH IT!

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