Tonight’s Spike episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Player’s Choice.” The season six theme for this tattooing sensation is “Master vs. Apprentice,” where each artist will be working with or against their teacher or their pupil. Many apprentices are gone, and some masters have been told to pack their bags and leave. As always, the judges will be Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. The last artist standing will receive $100,000, a feature in Inked Magazine and the best prize of all; the enviable title of “Ink Master.” The field of eighteen is down to six as Erik Campbell was eliminated last week on probably the most inspiring episode yet.
For the Flash Challenge, Dave Navarro announced this week, they would be tested on technical application, and they would be tattooing a football superfan. Each canvas wants the ultimate symbol for their love of the game; a realistic football. Duffy had the choice of skulls, and Kruseman was surprised that she chose an older woman for her own canvas because older skin can be a challenge for a tattoo artist. Dave then announced that they had some special guests and announced them as they arrived. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson, Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson, Chicago Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene, Cleveland Browns linebacker Keith Pough, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and from the Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Cameron Wimbley. As the canvases were each giddy at the sight of their favorite team’s players, Dave next announced that each player would autograph their skin. Each artist must subsequently tattoo over the autograph as a permanent souvenir. The time began immediately for the three-hour challenge. As Dave called down the time, each player stood over their canvas as the artists performed their work. Kruseman was correct in his assumption, as Duffy did have trouble with the older skin getting irritated as she tattooed. For the critique, Tyler won the best tattoo of the challenge, as Craig’s and Chris’ were rated the worst.
For the Elimination Tattoo, each artist must use their technical application by doing the exact tattoo their canvas desires. They might look familiar, as they were the players introduced in the Flash Challenge. Not only did they choose what they want tattooed on them, but they will choose the artist they want to do the tattoo. Because Tyler won the previous challenge, he had his choice of the player he wanted. Once he makes his choice, each player will choose their artist. They each had a five-minute interview with the players to sell themselves as artists. When the interviews were over, Tyler chose Khaseem Greene, although he has the darkest skin of the group, Tyler is confident he can do a great job. Chris was chosen next to do a portrait of Tony Jefferson’s baby. As each player chose the skull with a number on the bottom, they chose in order. Matt was chosen by Cameron Wimbley, Darius Slay chose Kruseman, then Allen Robinson chose Duffy, and Craig was chosen last because Keith Pough had the final pick. With six hours to determine their fate; one artist will leave today. When the ink was put down and the challenge over, they proceeded to the loft where their own critique began. Tyler criticized Matt’s eagle, Chris accused Kruseman of pussing out by doing a rose, Matt countered by telling Tyler that he even chose the canvas and did a horrible job tattooing a bear that looked like anything but.
At the real critique Oliver Peck asked if the challenge was too intimidating for them, because he felt that nobody did a knockout tattoo. Chris was first, and they did not like how he did the baby’s mouth and hand. Matt’s eagle was a letdown. Tyler’s bear could be mistaken for a wolf. Duffy’s skyline of Detroit was overshadowed by the “D” and the area code 313. Although Kruseman’s rose was nice; it was nothing that the challenge called for. He mentioned that he was called Safe Sally, and Oliver told him to take the auto-pilot off. Craig called it correctly; he was just trying to get by, not to win it all. Chris Nunez voted for Chris’ tattoo, and Oliver voted for Kruseman’s as the best of the day, but because there was no clear winner, nobody got best of the day. As the human canvas jury completed their voting, Ollie came to call down; Craig, Kruseman, Duffy and Tyler.
The human canvas jury voted the worst tattoo was Darius Slay’s rose done by Kruseman. The players all agreed that they could have gotten that tattoo anywhere. In the end, the tattoo voted the worst was Khaseem’s as Dave Navarro had to tell Tyler Nolan that he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”