Last night’s Spike episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Master vs. Apprentice Live.” The season six theme for this tattooing sensation is “Master vs. Apprentice,” where each artist played against their master or apprentice, but all teams are gone. 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 the final three as Craig Foster was eliminated last week.
As the episode began, the three finalists were in the midst of creating a six-hour tattoo in the style chosen by America. Both Chris and Matt were given Color Realism, and Kruseman was chosen to do American Traditional. The winner of the six-hour tattoo will win a spot in the final two and $10,000. The fans had to vote on Twitter using hashtag and either InkChris, InkMatt or InkKruseman.
Dave then introduced the masters and their apprentices who were eliminated. On to the stage came MV & Brian Stephens, Earl Noble & Dave Clarke, Big Ceeze & Kito, Erik Campbell & Marissa LaRen, St. Marq & Ryan Hadley, Miami Burgess & Craig Foster. The individuals introduced next were Katie McGowan, Tyler Nolan and Duffy Fortner whose masters were all in the finals. Dave then started the ball rolling by asking pointed questions of the group, inciting St. Marq to continue his venomous diatribe. Dave introduced the first ever “Ink Master” show-mance; Marisa & Tyler.
Dave announced that one lucky fan would win a Dodge Challenger that was done by Chris, Craig and Erik. As an added incentive, another Dodge Challenger would be won by the winner of the competition. Dave then told the fans that the eight people on the stage would be competing on the Season Seven of “Ink Master.” These people would be competing against some of the fiercest artists who ever played the game. He introduced from Season One James Vaughn, Season Two Sarah Miller & Jesse Smith, Season Three Jime Litwalk, from Season Four Sausage & Matti Hixon, on Season Five Cleen Rock One and from Season Six St. Marq. Season Seven premieres on March 1, 2016.
The six-hour tattoos were then shown. Chris did a beautiful tattoo on a lady’s thigh of two blue birds and a lovely red rose. Matt also did a thigh tattoo on a lady; it was a tiger’s face, with a skull, but the judges decided that it lacked a punch. Kruseman did a thigh on a man that was a skull with flowers and traditional symbols, but the color palette was not strong enough. The voting was closed and the winner was Chris, who won the $10,000 and a place in the final two.
The three winners also had to do a master canvas tattoo in 35-hours. A complete back tattoo was done by each, and they revealed the three tattoos. Kruseman and Chris each did a color tattoo, while Matt stuck to his black and gray. Kruseman’s canvas had a family emergency and had to leave the competition, but they found another man who could replace him. After they completed the judging, Matt was eliminated from the competition.
Dave then announced that one fan won a tattoo given by Oliver Peck at Elm Street Tattoos in Dallas, Texas. Next they showed the master canvas done by Chris. It was a stunning pinup tattoo with checkered flags and a beautiful lady with a big smile that was an amazing tribute to his hard work. Kruseman’s tattoo was a nautical theme in American Traditional that was hand-drawn and contained all the elements of the genre.
The judges conferred and when it was all said and done, Dave told Kruseman that he did have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”