Tonight’s Spike episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Sink or Swim.” 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 sixteen as Ryan Hadley was eliminated last week.
As the episode begins, the artists are taken to the Museum of Natural History in New York City where they are viewing ocean life. Dave Navarro advises them that this week’s challenge is about Contrast. As they see the sperm whale and the giant squid, they are reminded of ancient tales of a giant sea monster that fishermen called the Kraken. Each of the canvases wanted a Kraken in battle depicted on their hands. Each member of the team will do a hand that will complete one part of the action so when put together it will be a fight. The Kraken must be in black and gray as the enemy can be in any color. The winners will have the ability to assign the canvases in the elimination tattoo. Kraken Rum will be giving the winners an all expense-paid trip to a tattoo convention in Las Vegas and everything they need to enjoy the trip; dinner, drinks, tickets to shows and much more. For the first time, they will not be paired with their master or apprentice. They will be randomly paired by choosing a skull with numbers on the bottom; the matching numbers will be the pairs.
As time was called, the pairs had to hear their critique. Katie and Marisa were first and did a good job. Earl and Duffy’s were difficult to decipher both apart and separately. Erik and Chris created a great tattoo that came together very well. MV and Kito were criticized for the contrast. Miami and St. Marq did a beautiful design. Craig and Tyler’s were amazing on Craig’s side, but Tyler’s was indistinguishable. Matt and Big Ceeze made a nice creation. Kruseman and Dave had a good depiction, but Dave made the whale’s eye with the wrong placement making Kruseman furious.
The judges decided that the winners of the challenge were Erik Campbell and Chris Blinston. Now as a team, the two will be able to assign the human canvas tattoos for the elimination challenge. As Erik and Chris played pool in the loft, they planned their strategy and decided that MV was not working to his potential. The elimination tattoo was to make a stained glass tattoo, and they must work head-to-head against another artist.
The skulls were distributed and there were few smiles. Miami was not sure what his canvas really wanted, a stained glass carousel horse. For Big Ceeze, he specializes in black and gray and was going to do his stained glass cross in those colors. Chris put himself against MV to give him a good challenge because he knows what a great artist he really is. Earl’s canvas thanked him for persuading him to not go with a rib tattoo, as his thigh hurt enough. When the time was up, they returned to the loft to smack talk and second-guess their designs.
At the critique, Craig and Big Ceeze were compared, and the winner was Craig by a unanimous vote. Katie and Duffy were head to head again, and the winner was Katie, whose colors were brighter, but Duffy did an awesome tattoo. Erik and Tyler gave the win to Erik. Kito and Matt and the win went to Matt. Chris against MV gave the close win to Chris, as MV pulled out all the stops and got over his nerves. Earl versus Marisa gave it to Earl. Dave against St. Marq showed such technique that St. Marq blew Dave and pretty much everyone else away. Kruseman took it over Miami because Miami did not use a stained glass approach to his work.
The human canvas jury was deliberating to put one artist up for elimination. When Ollie came to the loft, he asked for Big Ceeze, Kito and Miami. The human canvas jury chose Big Ceeze as the worst of the day, while the judges chose Kito and Miami for their worst of the day. When it was finally decided Miami Burgess was told he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”