The tattoo industry is one of the most tight-knit communities out there. Because of the close proximity of many shops, and also an active convention circuit, artists end up seeing each other and socializing with regularity. Shows like Black Ink Crew and Black Ink Crew: Chicago create even more of a platform for some of these artists to communicate and collaborate.
On Tuesday’s new Black Ink Crew: Chicago season 5 episode 16, you can see some of this play out thanks to the Chicago Tattoo Convention. Artists from all over the Windy City will be in close quarters, talking with each other about their craft … and then also the past. There’s a lot of fun to be had at a convention like this, but let’s not pretend that it’s all sunshine, hugs, and warm welcomes. There are some serious rivalries that come from natural competition, artists moving around between shops, and maybe underhanded marketing. It’s like any other battle between business — you understand your colleagues better than anyone and you’re going to do everything within your power to get ahead of them. It’s just a part of the game; it’s all a matter of dollars and cents.
Below, CarterMatt offers up the Black Ink Crew: Chicago season 5 episode 16 synopsis with a little bit more information all about what is coming up next:
Past and present members of the 9MAG crew attend the Chicago Tattoo Convention, where they dig up old conspiracy theories and drag old rivalries to the ground.
In the sneak peek that we have for you below, you can see a situation that may or may not have some other consequences down the road. Lily decides to stray from 9MAG and what they’ve got going on at the convention and instead, goes and works at a booth with Reese. Maybe there isn’t any blow-back that is going to come from this, but we know that within this world, it can be hard to predict what’s going to set off some sort of chain reaction.
Be sure to check out this episode when it airs tonight — also, take a look at the link here to score some other news on Black Ink Crew: Chicago.
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