Tonight’s Spike episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Composed and Exposed.” 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 eleven as St. Marq was eliminated last week, and brought joy to the entire house. However, Chris let everyone know that he is shooting for the title and is pretty confident that with St. Marq gone, he has little competition.
For the flash challenge, the group is taken to the U.S. Customs House where this week they will focus on composition. With New York City being the most visited place on earth, the canvases also have traveled far and wide and are prepared to have a lifelong remembrance of that place. Today they must tattoo a postcard and will have four hours to complete the flash challenge. Places like Seattle, NYC, Hawaii and the like were expected from the canvases and the artists all seemed to be happy to do them for different reasons.
When time was up, the tattoos were critiqued. Big Ceeze was first and Seattle was not to the liking of the judges. Erik’s was not the shape of a post card, but was a nice depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Marisa did good line work on hers, but New Orleans was nowhere to be found. Kruseman’s Sturgis, South Dakota was beautifully done. Duffy’s was nice, but the letters of Colorado were not liked by the judges. Katie did a great job including the post mark on the card. Matt’s Hawaii was perfection. Dave’s Niagara Falls was another work of art. Tyler’s was a solid job of Arizona. Chris did a Tampa that he felt was in the bag, and it was lauded by the judges. Craig’s New York City was not appreciated because the apple was not the shape of a NYC apple and the lettering was too close on the word City. As good as Chris’ tattoo was, the judges determined that Matt had the best tattoo and will be assigning the skulls in the elimination challenge.
In the loft, Craig and Matt discussed the strategy and Matt hopes to put the final nail in Big Ceeze’s coffin, would like to see Chris come down a few pegs, and pit Tyler and Dave against each other, as he called them his sheep.
For the elimination tattoo, Dave told the group that they will be doing a style called trash polka. Several of the artists had no idea what it was, and Dave explained that it was black and gray with red accents. It originated in Europe and contains realistic images with abstracts elements and composition is of the highest importance. Matt had the power to assign all human canvases, and the artists will be going head to head. Matt made sure the canvases were the most disagreeable for those he had targeted. Dave expected to have a problem with his canvas, but the guy was very agreeable and told him to do whatever he wanted and win.
When it was time to begin, Dave told them they had six hours to tattoo and everyone started tattooing. Duffy’s woman wanted a large rib tattoo, but was in severe pain throughout. Back in the loft, Matt and Chris went head to head arguing over Matt’s intention to take out him, Tyler and Dave, and stated that Matt was not playing an honorable game. Chris declared that because Matt went after him, that it was his move to go after Matt.
At the critique, Matt was first and got rave reviews. Katie did not get a good review. Chris’ was unappealing according to the judges. Tyler’s was not well met by the judges either. Craig got rave reviews, much to Chris’ dismay. Kruseman did a nice job, but judges determined it was amateurish. Duffy was critiqued because of her composition. Dave’s was not well accepted either. Erik also received rave reviews. Marisa did a good job, but Oliver did not like the face of the woman. Big Ceeze received a very bad review.
The judges gave the winning tattoo to Craig and the human canvas jury was deliberating, so they went back to the loft until they were called down. A romance was beginning between Tyler and Marisa, a first for the show. When Oliver came to the loft, he called for Marisa, Tyler, Big Ceeze and Duffy. The critiques were stern and the artists stood their ground against the judges decisions. In the end, it came down to completion of the challenges and Dave told Big Ceeze he did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”