‘Ink Master’ season 3, episode 11 review: Tatu Baby dodges another bullet, should she be in the finals?
We are down to the final five artists on “Ink Master” season 3 and it’s a pretty good group of people… for the most part. While Tatu Baby was a big player that we absolutely loved on season 2, this season her work hasn’t been nearly as good, but for some reason she is still here. The other four artists have been putting out much better work then she has, but we fear that one of the guys will be sent home tonight in an effort to keep Tatu Baby in the competition. In our weekly rankings of the contestants we said we were worried about Kyle going home tonight… let’s see if that happened.
Flash challenge: This week the artists had the incredible honor of engraving dog tags for some of our country’s military heroes. Joshua and Joey revealed that they have both served in the military and have a strong connection to the challenge, but just because the other three haven’t been involved personally doesn’t mean that they aren’t invested in the challenge too. It was really nice to see that everyone did a fantastic job on the engravings and that there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch. Jime ended up winning this challenge and had the advantage of handing out all of the elimination tattoos.
Elimination tattoo: The artists were faced with tattooing heads, but when one of the canvases said they wanted their tattoo to curve onto their face, Jime immediately gave that canvas to Joshua who has been very vocal about not doing face tattoos. Because Joshua’s canvas has many visible tattoos and is a bit of an older man, he said that he didn’t have any trouble tattooing not only his head but also part of his face. Jime didn’t realize that his canvas had a scar on his head when he picked him, but found out soon after his head was shaved. It was difficult, but he rocked out a great tattoo. Tatu Baby asked Joey for advice on her pin up design to make sure the anatomy was right (since it has been her downfall almost every time) and he helped her, only to realize later that he might’ve hurt himself by doing that.
Judging: Chris had a big bowl of “I hate everyone” before judging tonight’s episode. Nothing anyone did was good enough and he took no prisoners. Jime was at the top of the pack tonight and it was a well deserved win. There were a few tattoos that had some problems, namely Tatu Baby’s pin up and Kyle’s zombie bite. The judges picked Tatu Baby as the worst tattoo and we have to agree with them tonight. Although Joshua’s tattoo looked great on the canvas and Chris felt that Joshua’s execution was good, he also said that Joshua couldn’t draw and had to go home. The judges were clearly at odds with each other tonight, but in the end Chris got his wish and sent Joshua packing.
It’s not surprising that another guy went home instead of Tatu Baby, but we are getting frustrated to see artists that are better then her going home while she continues to stay with mediocre work. We are fans of Tatu Baby, but something feels off with her this season.
Do you thing the right person was sent home tonight? Leave us a comment and tell us if you are excited about the final four or if you felt Joshua should be there instead of someone else. If you are looking for more “Ink Master” season 3 news, just click here.
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October 8, 2013 @ 6:43 am
The network must really want a female in the final…. Sad but true. She has continually dropped the ball, not finished her tattoos… and the list goes on and on..
October 2, 2013 @ 8:58 pm
Tatu baby should never have come back. She should have been gone along time ago. She’s so annoying and thinks she knows everything
October 2, 2013 @ 4:34 am
I agree Tatu baby shouldn’t be there Kyle should her work has been not near as good as the one’s sent home. JUDGES just letting her get by with so much and sending good ones home
October 2, 2013 @ 3:07 am
Tatu baby should’ve been gone a long time ago it should be jime, joey, and Craig in the final 3
September 27, 2013 @ 3:33 pm
I think you (chris) should resigh you know 3 out of four judges voted babys tattoo was the worst, Joshua was railroaded, whats in it for you Mr. Nunez.
September 27, 2013 @ 1:39 am
Tatu Baby is becoming a little to whiny & starting to lean on others.to much. Lets face it all of them moan & groan to much for adults. Who will they gang up on now that Joshua is gone, sorry about him leaving hopefully he will return again. Grow up guys I can’t imagine that any viewer enjoys all the nagging & complaining.
September 27, 2013 @ 1:03 am
baby should have go home after she volunteered to quit…Her stuff has been sub par and Nunez saved her again…Jime and Joey are the two best…let’s see if Nunze saves baby agin…pure BS this time…
September 26, 2013 @ 8:13 pm
i think tatu baby should have gone home, joshua’s was way better
September 26, 2013 @ 2:38 am
NOOO!!! It makes me want to quit watching , that they would send a guy home who had no flaws in his tattoo & keep 2 people who had MULTIPLE flaws in their tattoos & 1 canvas who was NOT happy with hers. BS.
September 25, 2013 @ 6:14 pm
you cant have an artist who cant draw as an ink master. craig got eliminated for not knowing how to do black and gray so joshua should be put in the same standards
September 25, 2013 @ 5:18 pm
I think that this show is babying Baby. Please my kids can draw better than the crap she puts up. She needs to GO Home. There was better artists last year that should have came back this.
September 25, 2013 @ 4:42 pm
joshua’s been at the bottom multiple times and was worst tat of the day twice. tatu baby’s been annoying and off her game alot this season. kylie’s been middle of the roader from the beginning.
so results didn’t bother me much. joey and jime are clearly the top dogs, the other three are pretty much interchangeable.
September 25, 2013 @ 6:06 am
The zombie bite from Kyle shoulda went home
September 25, 2013 @ 4:27 am
Has the judges ever listened to the canvas jury?
Granted Joshua s tattoo wasn’t the most artistic, but the guy was proud to have it.
On the other hand not only was tatu baby voted worst, the girl she put the tattoo on didn’t even fight for it! Does that say anything? ?
September 25, 2013 @ 4:22 am
Tatu Baby’s last pin up tattoo was sooooo bad.! The head was so out of proportion – the human canvasses also agreed.
September 25, 2013 @ 6:14 pm
joshuas was worst though and he got voted worst by the canvas too
September 26, 2013 @ 3:42 am
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Josh was the best or that Baby was the worst, however, she has received more bad critiques than Josh and she talks a lot of smack and then when she said she wanted to go home the judges talked her out of it.
Josh has been on the top a lot more than Baby – she just doesn’t seem to have her heart in it this time.
September 25, 2013 @ 4:19 am
I have noticed Chris Nunez playing to Tatu Baby and tonight it was so obvious. Overall in my opinion she has done much more poorly than last time, but Chris fawns over her. Tonight he saved his favorite again. Joshua may not be the most accurate artist, but technically he is the best.
I realize we don’t hear all the judges comments, but Tatu Baby should have been the one to go home. She has been in the bottom so many times, yet when they wait for the judges decisions, she talks like she’s in the top. Last week she wanted to go home and Chris talked her out of it. They should have let her go. She consistently has said she’s not up to the challenges this year and yet she stays.
Good luck, Joshua!
September 25, 2013 @ 4:01 am
Tatu Baby sucks and she is a bitch. She definitely should have gone home.
September 25, 2013 @ 3:45 am
Anyone recognize the blonde canvas? That got the lizard tattoo?? She looked so familiar…
September 25, 2013 @ 3:36 am
NO the wrong person went home. Nunes is wrong. Josh’s canvas wanted ‘something organic’. Very open ended request in my opinion. The work was organic al be it an abstraction. The technique was incredible and the canvas happy. The technical ability of Josh is way better than Baby. Baby was a fav of mine in the last season. She has fallen off badly. Baby’s drawing this week was abysmal. Her canvas was not happy. They keep saying that Josh cannot draw. Not so. He is able to interpret the work of others and therefore can draw. Nunes is dead WRONG!
September 25, 2013 @ 6:15 pm
thats not drawing thats copying