What we love about this season of “Ink Master” is that while some of the judges are playing the “favorites” game with the artists, we still feel that this is still anyone’s game to win. Yes, there are definitely some front runners Like St. Marq, Chris or Tyler, but the talent this season from the entire cast is so incredible that any lead they may have could easily be taken away with just one challenge.
Elimination tattoo: There is no flash challenge this week as the artists are going straight into their next elimination tattoo and are being tested on texture. The artists have to transform their canvas into an animal and they will be tattooing in teams of four. They will be tattooing the same canvas at the same time and to make things even more stressful they will be judged as a team. The canvases brought some different textures to the fold as one wanted cheetah fur (Dave, Katie, Big Ceeze and Chris) one wanted crocodile skin (Kruseman, Craig, Marisa and Erik) and the last wanted a Brazilian rainbow boa. Tyler really wanted the boa as he has over 100 venomous snakes back home and he got the canvas along with Duffy, St. Marq and Matt.
Chris took the lead for the cheetah tattoo, which surprised no one, but Dave seemed to be happy for it, saying that Chris is a leader and that he is a soldier. This was a strange statement to hear from Dave since this is “Ink Master” and the winner of the show is going to be a leader. Their canvas got a lot more then she bargained for and couldn’t get through the pain of the tattoo, even after getting one of the greatest pep talks we’ve seen on the show from Katie. A medic was sent in to bring the canvas out of her state of shock, but after assessing the situation the canvas tapped out and left unfinished.
Kruseman had an interesting strategy to make sure that their crocodile tattoo canvas could sit through the whole tattoo and that was have Craig start out, and then bring the other artists in as the canvas got used to the pain. Very smart and it worked out well for them.
As for the boa tattoo, it went just about as well as one would expect with St. Marq on the team. He did his own thing and didn’t really stay consistent with what everyone else was doing and was called out for it at judging.
Judging: With St. Marq not working with the boa team and the cheetah canvas tapping out, this was an easy win for team crocodile. Their tattoo looked like one person did it and it looked just like crocodile skin. Chris called out team crocodile for getting a gold star for a tattoo he felt wasn’t worthy of it, but they still won tattoo of the day. As for the other two teams they had to decide as a team who their weakest artists were and they would be put up for elimination.
Face off: Team boa decides to send down St. Marq for not working as a team and team cheetah plays with the idea of sending Chris in as a way to get St. Marq out of the competition. It’s a risky move but if it pays off then it’s completely brilliant! The winning team designs a heart tattoo for St. Marq and Chris to battle each other with and after both artists producing beautifully textured tattoos St. Marq is sent home. (Side note: Chris’s tattoo had the blue and red mixed up for the Aorta and the Pulmonary Artery which is actually really important).
This was one of the most intense episodes we’ve ever seen of “Ink Master” and we were literally at the edge of our seats, covering our eyes as the elimination was happening. It goes to show that you don’t need fighting and drama to make a good episode, you just need to have two titans battling it out before the finale. Episode grade: A+
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