Tonight’s Spike episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Problem Parts.” The season six theme is “Master vs. Apprentice,” where each artist will be going against their teacher or their pupil. 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 fourteen as MV was eliminated last week.
As the episode begins, the artists are all awaiting the results of the elimination from last week and wondering who it will be. When Marisa and Kito returned, they knew it was MV who was eliminated. Now with St. Marq being a loudmouth and braggart, he has become the target for the rest of the artists who just want him gone.
For the flash challenge, the fourteen artists were in the studio and the focus was on ingenuity. Here they must make the human form disappear. They must airbrush a body so that when the lights go out, only their creation will appear, not the human body. Dave announced that they will be working in teams of two and by choosing skulls, they will be randomly paired. When the canvases were revealed; they were buck naked. Oh my!
When the time was over, the blacklight images were revealed. Kito and Tyler did a good job painting, but the human form did not disappear. Dave and Erik made the body disappear on their canvas. Duffy and Chris made an octopus and it was awesome. St. Marq and Marisa made a tree with falling leaves. Matt and Katie made hot air balloons that were lovely. Kruseman and Earl made a design that did not appeal to the judges. Craig and Big Ceeze made a snake that actually moved around a tree, and they won the elimination challenge and therefore will choose the skulls in the elimination challenge.
Craig has a list of those he wants gone and with the power in their hands; he hopes to accomplish his vendetta. When they appeared at the challenge, Dave told them they must use ingenuity to make their canvases’ tattoos come to life. They must work with the shape and movement of the body part to create an illusion that the tattoo is alive. They will be tattooing head-to-head against another artist; one will win and one will lose. As they canvases revealed what they wanted, there were gasps from the artists. One wanted a rain forest coming from his butt crack, a Medusa on a woman’s back incorporating her butt crack as her cleavage, a mermaid on the left side of a woman’s head, a wolf’s mouth in a guy’s armpit, and more outrageous choices from the human canvases.
When the artists were preparing their drawings, Chris noticed his canvas was passed out and called for medical. It was determined that she would not receive a tattoo today, but since he could not tattoo his own butt crack; another canvas would be coming in to take her place.
When all artists were finished they judging began. Craig and Katie was a pair and they tattooed the back of the knee, although both were good, Craig won the challenge. St. Marq and Chris went head-to-head St. Marq did an unoutlined black and gray leopard, but it was much like everything else he did Chris did a mermaid on the woman’s lower back that all the judges voted best. Next, Dave and Kito had to use the person’s hand as the tattoo’s hand and Dave did an amazing job while Kito’s missed the mark giving Dave the win. Erik and Tyler tattooed movement representing the foot. While both were not properly done, Tyler’s was better looking and Tyler won. Big Ceeze and Matt both did a Buddha incorporating the belly button, but Big Ceeze won this one. Marisa and Earl were competitors in this challenge and both had armpits to do, Marisa won this one. Duffy and Kruseman were last and Duffy won because Kruseman did not do the tattoo the way the woman wanted it done.
The artists were sent back to the loft while the human canvas jury deliberated. When Ollie came to the loft, he called for Erik, Earl, Kruseman and Katie. Although Kruseman did not follow the tattoo guidelines, Earl Noble, who drew the wolf in the man’s armpit was sent him home on this episode of “Ink Master.”