CarterMatt has a preview of the episode for you below, and what surprised us right away is the son of a living legend will be taking part! We’re speaking here about Doug Hardy, the son of the legendary artist Ed Hardy. He’s got 25 years working in the tattoo industry, and with that he’s pretty much one of the most experienced artists in the Ink Master franchise.
Obviously with 25 years experience under your belt you’ve got the ability to know just about anything and everything when it comes to tattoos and canvases — you can adapt to almost any situation. Is he as hungry as some of the other artists? It’s fair to wonder that just because he’s already established and been doing this for a long time. Also, maybe he’s picked up a bad habit or two along the way — it’s certainly possible.
Fonk – Probably one of the more interesting guys who’s ever been on the show. He’s an artist who has a ton of confidence, a big personality, a lot of style, and artistic ability that is uniquely he own. He does work that’s very abstract and different from most of the other artists you tend to see here. That can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.
Daniel Silva – He’s a hustler if there’s ever been one on the show and that’s saying a lot because we’ve had Joshua Hibbard in the Ink Master franchise. He’s only been tattooing for two and a half years, but he’s been an artist for a long time. He’s also got a story all about overcoming adversity; he went to prison earlier in life and is still working to get himself together career-wise.
The first challenge
In the video below you can see the three artists create some pretty fantastic neck tattoos in just a couple of hours. We don’t want to spoil the winner for you here, but you can see it in the video. Let’s just say that this didn’t turn out the way that we expected going into the challenge once we met the artists.
Of the three finished products, we’d say that Fonk is probably the weakest from our vantage point — at least in terms of what the show is. While he’s a great artist, we’re not sure he falls into what you need to be on Ink Master when it comes to meeting specific challenges. He’s very much a guy who does thing, his own way, in his own world.
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