– My room’s been the clubhouse as of late. I’ve never had the cool room before. (funky music) – We set up a tattoo shop
that I’m still waiting to use. You know Ryan’s gonna tattoo me tomorrow. – We sketched this weird thing
on a scrap piece of paper the other day. It’s gonna be a gangster alien and he’s gonna have a little
Saturn gold chain hanging. My clients get these
like beautiful stencils and DJ gets this piece of scrap paper that was meant for the garbage. (funky music) I can’t go that long without creating and it doesn’t even have to be a tattoo. You just have to create
something sometimes you know what I mean? – I get urges, it’s like oh, and then I’ll just like
draw I don’t know whatever, make something out of nothing. – And even if it’s something
completely ridiculous. You know you’re making
pancakes in the morning and you wanna make like you know, see if you can do
pancake art just for fun, like crazy shit you know. Just, it’s a lifestyle. This is what I look like according to DJ. (funky music) Definitely a resemblance. (funky music) – I love to cook. I also like to make music
so I probably lean more towards that route. – I actually had a whole nother
career before I tattooed. I worked in the fashion
industry for years. I was a designer that designed
all of the like embroidery and bead work and applique
and say like I’d go into work and they’d be like okay so
we have this jean jacket and we need this like jeweled
flower coming off the shoulder and my job was to basically
sit there with beads and hand design these cool
intricate you know patterns and motifs and stuff so I’d
definitely go back to that. I design the same shit
now it’s just you know in someone’s skin
instead of like on top of a piece of fabric. When I started tattooing
I just kind of translated that aesthetic.
(funky music) – I came into it experimental. Like I started tattooing myself, just didn’t care what the
hell I was doing on myself. And then I got, you
know I started in a shop when I was 17. Just letting my coworkers
just do shit all over me. I didn’t really care. I just wanted coverage. Even back then I just wanted coverage. But I remember all the moments of it and it doesn’t have to be a good tattoo. That’s what I like about
tattoos is like I like weird and wonky shit and I don’t really care as long as I remember the moment. (funky music) – So it goes like this right? You wanna get a tattoo and
you wanna get your first one. You don’t know what you’re looking for, you don’t know what makes a good tattoo. You don’t know who’s good and who’s not. You walk in and you get
tattooed by whoever’s available right there, then and there at the moment. You know especially teenagers. As kids you don’t wanna wait. And then you get a couple shitty ones and you realize what’s
good and what’s not good. You start opening your eyes
to the world of tattooing and you start you know becoming
a connoisseur of sorts. And then you get a good tattoo. And then the doors just open. But it sucks ’cause you’re
already littered in garbage. And when I was an apprentice
I tattooed the shit out of myself. I did so many of my own tattoos
because I wanted to know what it felt like when I tattooed. I wanted to feel like what
different techniques felt like, all that shit. How my tattoos heal on myself. And I then I let a bunch of my friends do a bunch of stupid
terrible little jammers. The point I’m at now
is my favorite tattoos are those dumb little jammers. My favorite tattoos are
those stupid little shitty memory tattoos ’cause every single one you know somebody asks you about it you relive that crazy
day, that crazy moment, that experience. The closeness you had with those people. I’m bummed that I’m
littered in garbage though, that still sucks.
(funky music) I book my appointments a month in advance. Like I only book one month at a time because I travel so much. If I book people and then
I have to reschedule them that sucks. I know what it’s like to
have a tattooer cancel on me because you’re so stoked
about the appointment and you’re so looking forward to it and getting that call that it’s canceled is a shitty feeling. So I don’t book that far
in advance ’cause I don’t wanna have to cancel people
and my life is just too crazy right now. – I book myself out at the
most probably six months. You know I don’t like to
schedule my whole life so you guys can always get in. If you have a cool idea
you’re gonna jump way ahead of the pack. So if you wanna get in
my books you just need, you know cool ideas and you know let me be a little more free.
– Oh, Ruck.
– There he is.[tense music]– Here we go. – Hopefully his canvas
doesn’t walk out now and he’s got to do
another tattoo on himself. Oh, what if that’s
their challenge? [both laughing] – I’m here to handle this,
so let’s make it happen. – Somebody got a makeover.
– Yeah. – Hey, Ruck.
– Keith, Keith, Keith. – Hey. – You here to finally settle
the score, huh? – We weren’t able to compete,
really. I didn’t know you could
tattoo yourself as one of the options. That was your choice.
My choice was to leave. – No one told you
to go upstairs. I don’t wanna be blamed for it. – He’s not gonna go up there
and get the dude. – No.
– I wouldn’t. – I thought it was over
at that point, so I grieved in some beer. – I mean, I hear a lot
of excuses right now. – I did what I had
to do to stay. – I feel like we should have
both been sent home. – I have definitely
heard enough. – We need to get this
over with. – I can’t listen to this.
– Like– – Now.
– I did what I did. You did what you did.
This is where we are. – That’s right, yeah.
– Let’s do it fair. – Swing your bat, I’m
gonna definitely swing mine. I want any–
– Challenge accepted. – Let’s make it happen. I’m gonna get the win
whichever way you want to go. – I’m ready to swing bats,
too, man. – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– Oh, yeah. – I feel like maybe you’re
a little butt hurt because– – Yeah, a little bit, man.
Yeah. – You know, he did make
some right choices. He was down here
tattooing himself. Everybody was like–like,
“Yeah, man, “you’ve got to tattoo yourself,
man. You [bleep] love tattooing.” I’m like, yo, dude,
got two hours left. I’m not
[bleep] Harry Houdini and shit. I can’t, like, go in a box
and god damn disappear out the other [bleep] side
of that mother[bleep]. You know what I mean? So, more or less, dude, like,
it turned down to him winning the day because
he decided to tattoo. – It was a finished tattoo so
this is where we are right now. – At the end of the day,
you know, you guys are both back here
to go head-to-head. – It’s all who tattoos
better today. There’s no excuses.
– Yeah. – That’s what I like to hear. – Well, we’re not gonna
make it easy for you. – Go ahead and give it to us. – We’re giving you guys
a 90-minute face-off tattoo and we pick the subject. – Whoever wins today’s tattoo
gets to choose either the style or the subject of tomorrow’s
six-hour grudge match tattoo. – Oh, shit.
– Okay. – Get it.
– Let’s get popping. – Drive.
That’s drive right there. I mean, Keith clearly has
an issue over this damn rose that he did on him.
– Yeah. – So do you want to do a rose?
– [bleep] it. Let’s even it out.
– Okay, we got a rose. – I’ll fire the machines up
right now. – What do you think,
style-wise? – I just–I just say neo,
whatever you think of it. That was the original
challenge, I guess, that this beef started on, with a color
neo-traditional rose. – In an hour and a half.
– God damn. – Let’s settle the score
right now. – Let’s go.
– Word, let’s do this. – Yeah, guys.
– Thank you. – I hope these guys are, uh,
bringing their A-game.♪ ♪narrator: In our
second grudge,season five’s Angel Bauta
was eliminatedeven though Julia Carlson
told her canvas to kick rocksand tattooed herself
to stay in the competition.– Curse anybody out lately?
– It depends. The day s still young. You gonna come test me?narrator: Now Angel
wants revenge.– Just ’cause I’m being
nice doesn’t mean I’m gonna be nice
come tattoo time, okay? – Up-up your game
and close down your mouth. – You get so grumpy so quick.♪ ♪– Both of these guys were on
my first season of “Ink Master,”
season five. Angel, he had a lot of issues
with his canvas, and he worked with him and gave
him the tattoo that he wanted. Julia is a firecracker,
just couldn’t work with her canvas, and she wasn’t willing
to budge. – All right, so,
this is what I’ve come up with, and if you don’t like it, I’m just gonna tattoo it
on myself. – Yeah, I’m not really
feeling it. – What if I create
a combination of the organics
with machinery? I’m gonna take that concept
and try to make that happen. Are you willing to compromise
a little bit? – No.
– I compromised a lot on this. – You didn’t compromise
for shit. – And I really want you
to do a great tattoo. – Good-bye.
Have a nice life. Go [bleep] yourself. I don’t wanna tattoo myself but
at this point I have no choice. – Part of the challenge
is working with your canvas. – Yes. – That’s why Angel’s so mad,
is because he went home and she stayed, and she was that horrible
to her canvas. – Yeah, Julia’s not afraid
to speak her mind, and neither is Angel.[hip-hop music]♪ ♪– What you working on? You should be, like,
practicing, no? – Well, I’m good at what I do. The way I was taken out,
I don’t think that was fair. It really hit me hard, man. It took a while just to, like,
regain that confidence, but now I’m gonna
get that chance. I played the game right.
She didn’t. I’m coming back to tell Julia,
for her to go [bleep] herself.All I’m gonna do is go in,
do what I do best,and just come out the winner.♪ ♪[dramatic music]– Can I go on Daddy’s bike?
– Of course you can.While I was in
the competition,everything was falling
apart at home. My husband was, at the time,
a recovering addict.Almost exactly a year
after I leftto film the season
of “Ink Master,” he died.– He looks just like him.
– I know. – I think it’s crazy
he can ride it right now. – Mm-hmm.They love riding bikes
because their dad rode bikes.He would be so proud.Angel was actually my friend,but I did whatever I had to do
to get one step further in the competition. Yeah, good job. Yeah, competition time.
I’m hungry. – Walking in heels.
– Man. – Oh, yeah,
she’s gonna bring it.– When is this guy
getting here?What is this,
amateur hour? – She’s already got
the fire going.– Uh-oh, here we go.– Hey, what’s up?
– Oh, there he is. – Curse anybody out lately? – It depends.
The day’s still young. You gonna come test me? – You couldn’t even work
together with your guy. Meanwhile, I worked with mine,
I did my thing, and I was the one
that got kicked off? – Today there will be justice. – You were my friend
and I respected you, and I didn’t want you
to go home. – Yeah, but you could have
spoke up for me. You could have helped me out, but instead you just stood
there all quiet, hoping that they
wouldn’t attack you?– Nice.
– Look at him.He’s getting heated.
Yeah, he’s getting heated. – He’s got them boxer brows,
dude. – I’m telling you. – Maybe you should’ve told your
canvas to go [bleep] himself and you would’ve stayed, ’cause you would’ve done
the challenge. This is a
$100,000 competition. – And that’s the way
you–you do it? You tell them to go
[bleep] themselves? – If it’s a competition?
Yeah. – That’s how you do it?
– [bleep] off. – Competition aside,
you have to make them happy. They have to live
with it forever. – I’m ready to see these two. both: Yeah, let’s get in there. You’ve waited half
a whole decade. That’s a long time
to hold on to a grudge. You added so much salt
to this beef, it’s turned to jerky. – Man, it’s loud in here.
– Whoo! – Boy, it’s getting hot
in here! – I’m kinda tired of hearing
this little squeaky voice. – Hanging onto a beef
for half a decade. You must be so exhausted. – Exhausted of hearing
your voice right now. – I’m exhausted of hearing that
you have a problem with me that you made up in your mind
because you were– – All right, all right.
– Enough, enough. – Come on, guys, this has been
long enough in the making. – I did not deserve
to go home that day. She did. If you can’t deal with
your client, why are you here? I worked with mine, so yeah,
it became so disappointing to be sent home that early, knowing that I
was doing it right. – You guys definitely have
some unsettled business. Let’s get into this.
– ASAP. – Let the tattoos
do the talking. – You down for that?
– Of course. – We’re gonna completely level
the playing field today. We’re gonna throw at you guys
a 90-minute face off tattoo, where the three of us get
to choose what you guys will be
tattooing today. – All right. – The winner of that face off
tattoo gets to determine the style or the subject for your six-hour
grudge match tattoo. – Oh!
That’s interesting. That’s where it
gets interesting. – That sounds perfect. – Whoever wins the grudge match
tattoo squashes everything. – Yeah, after all these years, it’s time to settle the score,
guys. What are we gonna throw
at them? – I don’t know. – This whole thing started over
a difficult canvas. – I mean–
– Yes. – If Julia felt like
her canvas was sort of this ball and chain
that was keeping her from getting to the end, why don’t we do a little
ball and chains? – Sounds like an idea.
– I’m all for it. – Any kind of chain,
any kind of ball. – Even that thing inside
the toilet when you flush it? – I mean, that is a ball
and a chain. – I agree. – You guys have 90 minutes
to do a ball and chain in any style.
– You ready to do this? – Are you?
– I was born ready. – Get to work.
Let’s go. Come on.
– Let’s get it done. – Feisty.
I’m telling you, feisty. – You nervous at all?
– Not really. – When I win are you
gonna apologize for being such a grump?
– They say silence is golden. – [giggles][tense music]– Keith, you ready?
– Oh, I’m ready. – King Ruck, you ready?
– Ready. – Let’s tattoo!
– Let’s go. – You like it right there?
– Yeah. – Okay, perfect. – Doing a neo-traditional
tattoo in 90 minutes, that’s a huge undertaking, because you still have
to have traditional foundation of solid color and bold lines. – Start with that.
Let’s go. – Now you gotta put
a spin on it and make it
artistically appealing. 90 minutes?
That’s a huge task. – Let’s get started.[rock music]♪ ♪Hey, Ruck, how’s it going
over there, man? – We rocking.
– I wanna see a tight rose. – Listen, young man.
Don’t worry about me. You got a pretty big
feat over there. – Oh, yeah.
Oh, don’t worry.– I’m not a fast tattooer,
but I’m gonna play it smart,and make a clean,
small tattoo. I’m gonna do this shit
real nice and [bleep] clean. No craziness.♪ ♪Keith’s doing
a big-ass tattoo.Keith, you didn’t learn
a God damn thing, man.You still making bad choices,
player.Always would rather beat
the clock than… – Yeah.
– Race to get done, so…You lost before.
You gonna lose again.I’m gonna keep winning.
Win, win, win. [machine buzzing]
– You liking it so far? – Yeah.
– So far so good.♪ ♪– Not so loud now, huh? It’s time to zip the lips
and just tattoo. Julia, you ready?
– Yeah. – Angel, you ready?
– Most definitely. – Your 90-minute ball and chain
tattoo starts right now.♪ ♪– That’s so pretty.♪ ♪– That looks sick. – Now, if you need a break,
you let me know, okay? – Okay. [machine buzzing] – Enjoy the ride.♪ ♪It’s really important
for me to win this. I just want to show Julia
some tough love. Don’t stab people in the back.If I get that upper hand,I already know where
to hit her.
– I’m sorry, did you apologize
for causing me $100,000 loss, you son of a (bleeps)?
– First off, I didn’t cause you a loss! I didn’t cause you a loss! – You sat here and told me that if I didn’t share
my $100,000 with you. – What I said to you–
– There’s no way I was gonna do a
tattoo that won. – You know why?
– Because when they judged that (bleeps) tattoo, they said it doesn’t fit
the (bleeps) challenge! (country rock music) – Lalo. – I do a lot of birds
so I was actually afraid that that was gonna effect
the way I did the eagle ’cause maybe I was
gonna get too technical. – My favorite eagle
out of the bunch. – Thank you. – Man, what the
(bleeps) with this flag? Five stars, seven stripes. It’s an impossible twist. – It’s not a realistic thing so. – It’s not possible. – You’re drawing an American
flag, it should resemble it. All these things have
strict symbolism. The number of stripes,
the order of the stripes. – I can’t get over
the flag, on a vet! This guy’s put his
life on the line for this blanket of freedom. I’d have been scared of that guy ripping my
(bleeps) throat out. – Your artist was Lalo. – Yes. – He’s gonna rip his ass. – [Host] All of the
canvases this week are military veterans. – Where did you come up with
the reds on this one here? – It’s not a realistic
the American flag. – If you have a guy who’s
an American patriot, he wants an American flag. Who knows what Lalo’s doing? But it’s not an American
flag and it’s jacked! – This is red, right? And ends up red here. Of course, it’s not a real flag. – We would have to fold it out. – Yeah, but let me talk. I let you talk, let me talk. – I just want the
lines to match up. The criteria was to incorporate
an eagle and a flag. He started on the eagle and
he was doing an excellent job. – Sure. I remember our guest
judge commented that Lalo had the
best eagle of the day. – He also stated
that you’re lucky this veteran didn’t
tear your throat out. There’s only eight stripes. – That’s crazy! – Whereas you should
have 13 stripes. The way it’s waving in the wind, it’ll never twist like that. It’s incorrect and I really don’t wanna walk
around this way. – Man, I am so
sorry to hear that. – I could have went
nose-to-nose with him. – Oh yeah! – But I backed off and
did not do anything. I have never had a
chance to confront him. – Well, now is the chance. I have Lalo here in the shop. – Oh my god. – And he does not
know that you’re here. – Ooh, boy, is he gonna
be surprised. (laughs) – I wanna give you the
opportunity to confront him and say whatever it is
you gotta say to this guy. – Okay.
– All right? – Get your flag jacket
on ’cause here it comes. – Why don’t you head in
there and have a chat? – Okay. I am super (bleeps) pissed. When I meet that little son
of a bitch face to face, he will know the rage. Look out, it’s a
tornado gonna let loose, and I will tear him up. (suspenseful music) – [Lalo] Oh you, man! – Look at this (bleeps) guy. – [Lalo] Everything good? – No, it’s not good. I hate the (bleeps) thing. – If you really look at the
photos of that challenge, your tattoo is the
best one by far. – It’s the best eagle, but
we’re not talking about eagles. We’re talking about the flag. You don’t have 13
stripes on there. – I don’t know what’s your
problem with that flag. I think it has movement. I could have done a rectangle
with stripes and all that. – Let’s get realistic. Get a real flag.
– Of course. – Put that up alongside it, and then you tell me if you
can’t see any difference. The whole thing turns
out like (bleeps). – That is not like (bleeps). Don’t say that
it’s like (bleeps). – It is!
– It looks like a badass original tattoo.
– From here down, it’s pure (bleeps). – It’s pure (bleeps)? – Yeah! – So what are you trying to do? To fix this tattoo
or to get a new one? – No, no, I’m gonna
get a professional. You’re not a professional. (suspenseful music) (country rock music) – Dave. (suspenseful music) – Technically, you
have shining moments. As far as
aesthetically, no dice. Just the ending of this tattoo, the base of it, it’s
just not flattering, man. The lily with the lily
pad underneath it, really, really poor design
because it’s just an oval. A lily pad has a concave shape, it has definitive veins in it. – Compromises had to be
made so I could do a tattoo and at least show some
line work and shading. – This is the first
canvas, paper. People that had problems
with their canvases are because the
drawing sucked and– – This one started
before the drawing. – Come in with an
impressive drawing and you shut that client up. – Your artist was Dave Clark. – Yes. – Today, you must tattoo
a Japanese koi fish. – [Jen] I don’t
like bold outlines. – Unfortunately, all
Japanese is bold outline. That’s the first thing
that will get me sent home. My canvas is giving me a
headache from the get go. – Dave Clark gave
me a bad tattoo, and then he had the
balls to blame me for it. – I can’t imagine.
– He said that I gave him a headache and my
10-year-old watched the show, and now her joke is, “Mom,
you’re giving me a headache. – Oh my god, Jen, you’re
breaking my heart. – I am sorry! – If you were to list for me the elements of this piece that you find the most
troubling, what would they be? – I hate most of it
to be honest with you. The lily pad, you can’t
tell that’s a lily pad. The water underneath it that
I refer to as the blue blob. In the middle, it got very
muddied and it’s very dark and you can’t tell
where the flower ends and the fish begins. It’s just a very dark patch right in the middle
of the tattoo. – Dave is in the shop now. If you wanna go have
a chat with him, I’d invite you to do that. – Okay. – Why don’t you head
in, say hello to Dave? – Thank you.
– All right. – I would like to ask Dave what
I did that was so terrible. I know what I want and I
know what I don’t want, and if that was
giving him a headache, then he shouldn’t
be tattooing people. Dave! Did you not think I was gonna
hear what you said about me? That I gave you a headache? – Yeah!
– How could I possibly give you a headache? How did I give you a headache? – You came to a
line work challenge and the first words in
a stressful situation, you said was, I want
no (bleeps) outlines. – Listen to me. – So how the (bleeps) do you
think that’s gonna be fixed? – I’m not cursing at
you, don’t curse at me. – You raised your voice first! – Don’t curse at me. (country rock music) – Tim. – Composition-wise,
it’s pretty rough. This background, it’s
a bad, awkward shape. It’s got a tiny little hand. Her face is really,
really squashed. – With the pinup
that we saw from you, today was the day that you
had to come out of the gate with something strong. – There’s just nothing in here
that is changing our minds that there’s anything
more to see from you. (tattoo artists snickering) – So your artist was Tim Lees. – I got the worst artist in
the history of “Ink Master” to give me a deformed geisha. – Oh, I remember this tattoo. It was terrible. – Pretty decent. The only concern
is making that hand just a little bit larger
in reference to her face. – All right. – [Brian] What color
scheme are we going with? – Blues in the back,
greens, reds, warmths. I gotta stick within
certain traditional colors. (dramatic music) – [Oliver] This background,
it’s a bad awkward shape. Tiny little hand. Her face is really,
really squashed. – Tim, you do not have what
it takes to be Ink Master. – It looks like a color
wheel threw up on my chest. The colors were not
what I asked for. The background, which
was supposed to be blue, is aquamarine teal. He didn’t fix the tiny hand that I pointed out specifically. The anatomy’s off. – And what did he say to that? – Well, yeah, okay, and went
off in a huff, never redrew it. – Oh my god, that’s Tim. – Sandy, what do you think when he comes home and
you look at this thing? – I laughed actually. When he took his
shirt off, I went, “What the hell is this big
blue blob on his chest?” – It’s never good when
you take your shirt off and your wife laughs. The episode airs and
Tim was eliminated. How did that feel? – Nobody want to be the
worst tattoo of the day. – [Dave] No, and you’re
invested more than anybody. – Absolutely! – Well, listen, Tim
is in the shop now. I wanna invite you guys to
go in there and have a chat and at least get this off
your chest, so to speak. – I don’t think there’s any
way to get that off his chest. (everyone giggles) – All right, guys, head on in. – Knowing I have to
wear this thing forever is a very tough pill to swallow. If you come on Ink Master,
you should bring your A game. And I don’t think he
has an A game to bring. (suspenseful music) Well, well, well, look who it is the worst artist in
“Ink Master” history. I just wanna know one thing. How do you go to sleep at night knowing that you put something
like this on somebody? It looks like total crap, man. – Then he had to come
home and deal with me and I looked at it and
told him what crap it was. – If you’re gonna trace
something, at least– – I didn’t trace
nothing and you know it! – Well you should’ve because this is not a
custom piece of art, it’s a custom piece of crap. (country rock music) – Kyle. (suspenseful music) – Talk to me about
the background, bro. – I was hoping to have something that was more Aztec or
Mayan, maybe Mexican, and I’m not culturally
sound there, so. – That’s why you
gotta do your research before you tattoo something. – (bleeps) Just strange. It almost looks like
it’s a Jheri curl hairdo or something hanging off
the back of this thing. – I will say the upside to this is that you understand
that in black and gray, there has to be skin. – You do have some nice
rich values in here. The fact that everybody
else (bleeps) to bed makes this tattoo
not look so bad. – So your artist was Kyle. – [Kyle] A luchador mask, is it fine that we
have the half mask? – Yeah, no, I don’t
think that’s gonna work. – I have to get “Day of the
Dead” in here somehow too. This isn’t gonna
win this challenge. – I wanna walk outta
here with something that I’m gonna wanna
show off to everybody. – I wanna win $100,000. He doesn’t give a (bleeps) about my standing
inside this competition. – Unless you’re sharing
a hundred grand, I gotta make sure this is
something I want. (laughs) – What happened with Kyle? – We butted heads
right off the start. I made a comment about how if he split his
hundred grand with me, I’d let him tattoo
whatever he wanted, but until then, I’m
the one that had to have this thing
on my skin forever. – True.
– And I wanted something that I wanted, and that’s kinda
where everything went downhill from that point. – We went downhill
from that comment? – Yeah. – I don’t find that to
be an insulting comment. My memory of the tattoo is
that it came out pretty good. – [Dan] Oh, it looked
phenomenal when it was done! – So why are you here today? – He was busting my balls about the whole
concept to begin with. We compromised and then
when all was said and done, all that detail that
he was so worried about getting into the tattoo completely washed
out and turned gray. – But it also sounds like you have some personal
issues with Kyle. – The attitude, the
cockiness, the arrogance, and he just wouldn’t
work with me on it. – Well, Dan, as you
know, Kyle is here. He’s in the shop right now. And what we’d like to offer you is an opportunity
to go talk to Kyle, maybe square whatever
issues you guys have, and if that goes good, look into getting
this tattoo fixed up. – It really depends on how
this conversation goes. – I’m curious to see
how that goes too. Why don’t you head
into the shop? – All right. I think when Kyle sees me, he’s either gonna walk
away, call me an asshole, or wanna punch me in the face. Who knows? He’s already proven 100 times
that he’s got a short fuse. Let’s see if he’s changed. (suspenseful music) – Mr. Dunbar. You know why I’m here, right? – I figure that you’re
just a cheap (bleeps). – This is exactly what
I knew was gonna happen! – So why the (bleeps)
are you here? You like cameras that much? – No, because I’m here
to put you in your place. You wanna be a dick? – Goddammit, that was my day! Black and gray is the
(bleeps) that I do! You (bleeps) me! (rock music)
[dramatic music]♪– Congratulations on making it
to this point. This has been one of
the tightest races in the history of
this competition, but this week
everything changes. There will be no more veteran
artists returning, making you the strongest
eight artists ever to fight for the title. Now you must battle each other, and only one of you
will win $100,000, a feature in “Inked Magazine,”
and the title of Ink Master. – Five of you have been
to a finale before. This whole group sitting here
is finale material. One mistake, you’re out. – This is the time
to really turn it up. This is it.
Be the best. – Today there will be
no flash challenge. We are moving directly into
the next elimination tattoo. – Wow. – You’re being judged on
texture. – Texture is a way of making
a piece of art look like you could run
your finger over itand feel how it feels
in real life.– For this elimination tattoo,
you must completely transform your canvas’s back,
giving them a full set of wings. – Oh, my God. – And you must collaborate
with another artist. – No!
– Two of you must tattoo the same canvas
at the same time. One artist must tattoo
a good wing on half of your canvas’s back, and the other artist must tattoo
an evil wing on the other half. – [bleep] me. – You must work together to give
your canvas a cohesive tattoo, but you’ll be judged
individually. – Wow.
These canvases have no clue what the hell they’re in for.I hope they brought
some rawhide chewsbecause this is going
to be painful. – Let’s meet your canvases.[dramatic music]♪Cleen, you won
the best tattoo of the day in the last elimination tattoo. You now have the power
to assign the canvases. That means you will also
determine which artists are working together,
so choose wisely.– I feel like a mad dog
on a leash,and I’m about to bite anybody
that gets in my way. You want to get
some wings on your back? – Yeah, I was thinking good one,
I would want native feathers, not fluffy and angelic, and the
evil being more dragon-like. Claws at the top.
– Claws. – Whoever you’re paired with
will make or break this tattoo.I don’t want to
get teamed up with Jessebecause the last time we got
teamed up we lost and lost big. – What are you thinking?
– I’m really open to see what the artist has in mind. – I was thinking the good wing
being whimsical, fairy-like, and then the evil side being
burned and crow-like with some bones
coming out of it. – Hmm.– Whenever Cleen
has skull picks,it’s a complete crap shoot.Nobody knows what he’s gonna do.
He doesn’t understand strategy. – Canvases, one by one,
please read the artist’s name on the bottom of your skull. – Christian… and Matti.– I’m stoked to be paired
with Christian.We have an alliance.
Cleen is a moron. – Jesse.[suspenseful music]♪Sausage. – Woo hoo hoo! Looks like Cleen
actually has a brain after all.These two [bleep] up
so bad last time,obviously they’re gonna
screw up again. – Cleen Rock One. James.
– Me and Cleenare the fastest tattooers
in this competition. If this person wanted a full
back piece, there you go. You’re gonna have a back piece. – Jime. Anthony. – It’s up to you to decide
which artist tattoos good and which artist tattoos evil,
but once the tattoo starts, you cannot switch. And this week there will be
no human canvas jury. All the decisions are completely
up to the judges. You will have six hours to give
your canvas a full set of wings. Good luck. – Pleasure to meet you.
– Right up here. – So we’re gonna do one kind of
baddie, medieval dragon-ish, and the other one
kind of Native American? – Today these tattooers
have to do a back piece, basically, on their canvases. – A raven’s wing would be the
bad side and then the good side you were thinking
more fairy butterfly? – This is tough because
they have to match sides.One side has to be evil.
One side has to be good.– Do you have a specific side
that you’re leaning towards? – The angelic side. – What about that size? – But the actual sizes
and compositions should flow together. – How does that outline look?
– Big enough.Our dude, he’s a big guy.
I picked that for myself’cause I’m a man, and
I’m here to go big or go home. Probably gonna get a pretty
good size tattoo. Impressive. I hope this dude can handle
two dudes at once, man, because you’re getting
a 12-hour tattoo in 6 hours. The pain is excruciating. You better make
sure you eat, and just try and get
in a food coma. It’s gonna be brutal, man. – We can do a normal raven wing
and fairy wing, or whatever. In my opinion, a little boring. The other idea that I have, I really like the concept
of butterfly bat wings. – Just making sure that we can
knock this out in six hours too? – I feel like I can do something
like this in about six hours. – I feel that’s a lot.
– That’s a lot?– Jesse’s ideas
are always crazy.Now is the time for
bulletproof and simple. That’s why I want to see your
idea because, I mean, it might be different than
what I’m seeing in my head. – I want to do
creative tattoos, man. – I do too, but because we’re gonna be partners in this, and I know that we’re
being judged separately, and I think that we should just
dial it back so that we know that we don’t put her
through a bunch of trauma. – Team Sausage and Jesse
is [bleep]. You’re not feeling it–I can
tell you’re not feeling it.[industrial rock music]♪– Okay, artists, you have
six hours to show texture by giving your canvas wings. Your time begins…now. – Woo hoo!
– Get the stencil on. – The crazy part about
this challenge is they have to work in pairs
on one canvas.So while they’re competing
against each other,they also have to work together
to make their wings cohesive.– They’re right about
the same size. – Pretty good.
– There’s a lot of difficultieswith two people tattooing
one person at the same time. – Don’t push
or pull her body. We’re just gonna go
downward on her, okay? – There’s a lot of push, and
pull, and give, and take.You have to work togetherso that you don’t screw each
other up in the process.[dramatic music]♪– We’re on the same page. – Luckily I’ve done
a lot of tandem pieces.Matti and I are gonna take
the same wing, flip it.I’m gonna make mine really soft,
white, and angelic. – Yeah.
– Matti can take his, rat it out, and make it look
like a fallen angel. – Oh, [bleep]. – This spot over here?
– Yeah. – That’s a lot of work at once. – Our design that we’re doing
is very elaborate.It’s a lot of work on someone’s
body in a short amount of time.– Ohh.
– Breathe. You tense up,
it gets worse.– No matter the amount of pain
that she’s in,we’re gonna coach her
through it.There’s no way I hell that we’re
not finishing this tattoo.Things are a little rocky.Jime wipes very,
very aggressive,and I’m having to hold her down
to fight against him.– Yeah, yeah.
– I’m very cleanand I’m very precise
when I tattoo.That’s almost impossible
right now.I’m afraid that
I might not finish.– I really like how
this is coming out. – Three hours to go.[suspenseful music]Our tattoo is huge.This thing is the biggest,
baddest tattoothat’s ever been done
on “Ink Master.” You’re pretty much getting
a full back piece. My strategy on this tattoo is
mow it the [bleep] down. Nobody’s got the balls
to go this big, and I can guarantee that. – I was trying to get
a shade plan so it looks cohesive
in the thought process. – We’re doing dark
from the side over. Yours looks good because you
got the texture on your side. I’m trying to keep it
smooth going into yours. – Woo! I’m stoked.Me and Cleen,
we got this thing.This fool’s gonna jump off
the damned table and start flying away. – Why did everybody
go so small? – There better be some bells
and whistles on that. How the hell y’all
spend six hours on that itty
bitty-ass tattoo? Y’all got the kitchen
sink in there? [laughter]Sausage, that thing
is small as hell.Let me pull out
the periscope.Is that a tattoo
over there that I see? – It’s a stiff competition. How you feeling over there?
– Okay. I feel like I’m swimming
in quicksandwith everybody’s boot in
the house on my forehead.It sucks. – Sausage, can I get a few
seconds here, please? – Yeah, go ahead.– Tattooing with a partner
on the same bodyis like trying to write perfect
calligraphy in a carthat’s driving down a rocky road
in the middle of a snow storm. I mean, it’s really causing me to not really get into
a rhythm to tattoo. – What?
– I’m just trying to see how you’re doing yours. – Sausage is stressing me out. – I’m trying to figure out,
like, texture. I don’t want to put too much. – It’s a texture challenge. You don’t wanna not
put too much. Sausage, pull it together!
Come on, man. – Five, four, three, two, one. That is it.
Time’s up. Machines down.
No more ink. – Oh, my God.
The feathers look awesome. – Oh ho ho.
Dude, those oil drops. – That actually looks
like I can fly. – Yeah, look at that.
– Texture. – That’s amazing. – Cleen’s tattoo is huge,
but it has no texture, tons of wonky lines, and a whole
bottle full of white just popped in there. This knucklehead thinks that
everything is about bigger. It’s not about bigger.
It’s about better, Cleen.
– Hi. – Only six artists remain. Half of you will be eliminated, and half of you will earn
a spot in the finale to fight for $100,000, a feature in “Inked” magazine, and the title of Ink Master. Throughout this competition, you’ve had to rely
on your team to help you gain
advantages. But for this flash challenge, you must fight on your own. – This week, we are
testing finesse. – Finesse is important.
It’s how we talk to clients. It’s how we get
what we want from them, and then they get
what they need from us. – For this flash challenge, your canvases are wheelchair
users. Over three and a half million
Americans rely on wheelchairs for their
mobility every single day. And today, you’ll be painting
custom wheelchair spoke guards. – Oh, what? That’s cool. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – We’ve gotten down to six of
you, and now we’re expecting you six
to be able to put out the highest quality
artwork for our canvases today. – This is really time to engage
with these people and give them
something great. – Let’s bring out
your canvases. – Oh my God. – Thank you so much
for being here. – Thank you. – Thanks for having us. – Look how dressed up you got. [laughter]
You look awesome. Why don’t you please go ahead and tell us a little bit
about yourselves. – Hi, my name is Lisa, and ten
years ago, I was paralyzed in a
car accident. I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt
and was thrown out. – Oh my God. – This is my son Joey.
Joey has spina bifida. And how long have you been
using your wheelchair? – My whole life. – And what’s his name?
– Speedy. – What can you do in Speedy? [laughter] – Hi, I’m Jillian.
I have spinal muscular atrophy. I was diagnosed
when I was 17 months old. – My name is Chris,
and I have a rare disease known as spinal cerebellum
ataxia type 14, and there are
between 100 to 125 people in the world with my disease. – Wow. – This is Philip.
– Hi. – [sighs] – Philip has cerebral palsy, and he’s been
in this wheelchair for about nine months now. – My name is Sharla, and I was
born missing both of my tibia bones, and I had to get my legs
amputated at 14 months old. – We’ve been in this
competition for so long, and every step of the way
has all been based on selfish needs
to get to the end. And now we’re at the point
where we can actually do something for someone else, and that feels good. – [sighs]
All right, guys. One by one,
please choose a skull. The name on the bottom
of your skull will determine your artist. Philip.
Come choose a skull. – Laura. – Hi. – Sharla, you’re up next. – Pon. – That’s me. – Chris.
– Creepy Jason. – Me. [laughs] – Lisa.
– Cam. – Joey. He’s so awesome. – Dani.
– [laughs] That’s me. – Jillian.
– Jake. – Hi. – All right, artists, win this flash challenge, and you’ll have the power to assign all of the human
canvases in the elimination
tattoo. Good luck. – How’s it going, man? – For these people
to come in here today and get custom-made artwork to put on their wheelchair
is bad-ass. – I was born with spina bifida, and I’ve been my wheelchair
my whole life. – He plays for a wheelchair
basketball team. – Oh my God, that’s awesome. – I want to see these artists take something
from these canvases, something special about them
that they can bring to life by painting it on the side
of the spoke guards. – I know I definitely want
something that says Cure SMA. – SMA is spinal
muscular atrophy. It’s a form
of muscular dystrophy. One in every 6,000 babies born
has SMA. – This happened
because of, like, a car accident sort of thing? – Yes. I was driving in an SUV. I hadn’t done anything wrong except for not being buckled,
and I flipped. Yeah. It threw me out,
and I sat up out of the ditch, and I felt the top of my spine just like circle around the
bottom of my spine when I sat up, like I wasn’t
connected. Like, it literally
just circled. – My specific disease is a
neurological disease. My main goal is to inspire
other children not to let their rare disease
define them, who they are. – When we go out with Philip,
people look at us weird, because why isn’t he walking, and why are you helping him
eat? We have to– – They just don’t understand.
– Right. I just wish
people would ask. Don’t shush your
children when they stare or when they ask you a
question. Like, ask me. – Because that’s how you
can educate people. – Right. He was diagnosed
with cerebral palsy, but I think it’s really because they couldn’t figure out what
was going on with him. We’ve had basic testing done,
and it’s come back that there’s some unknown
variables for some neuromuscular
disorders that are progressive. And we may never know
what’s going on with him. – It’s not the same thing,
but my mom lost a child, and unfortunately, it was from
suicide. And it’s one of
those things where, you know,
there’s never answers. My brother passed away
about four years ago, and for me to get Philip,
I feel like it’s fate. I just
want to make him happy. – I’m gonna treat this like
it was a tattoo consultation. We’re gonna get you in some
ink right now. – I wanted the Statue of
Liberty, because this is a
memorable moment, and I don’t want to forget it. And then on the other one, I
wanted Shao Wi. She’s a mutt. – Would you forgive me
if it wasn’t, like, an identical portrait
of your dog? – [laughs] Yes. – I’ll do my best, I promise. I think Sharla deserves
everything she’s asking for. She has a lot of requests, so I’m gonna fit them all
in these wheels. – Bye, Philip. – Can you tell her
see you later? – See you later. – Can I have a high five?
Wish me luck. [rock music] ♪ ♪ – I’m just trying to make sure that it looks like a bald
eagle. The head’s mostly
white, right? – I would–the white
stops about here. – I love to paint. That was what I was doing
before I tattooed. – Leave some of this, the body, because right now
you have the legs kind of
attaching to the neck. – All right, thank you. The best way for me to show
finesse right now is to get these designs to be
as fun as Joey is himself. So, I want to mimic
his personality in these little paintings. – Does anyone
know how to paint? Can you teach me how to paint
in the next 20 minutes? – Not a good time for
you to learn. – Oh shit. I’m not a painter.
I’m trying, dude. The drawing is there.
I mean, unless you’re Laura. I can’t compete with that shit. – Black hole. – Plus some Rat Fink alien
dude. – Oh my God, he’s so cute. You’re speaking to my soul,
man. Jason and I feel like
we’re cut from the same cloth. We both put a really high
priority on creativity, and he’s someone
that I definitely think is my biggest competition. – I don’t care about winning.
– Yeah. – I just want to make sure
she likes it. – I gave up on that a
while ago. I just, I want to do something
cool for these kids. There are no losers, today,
guys. Except for Cam. ♪ ♪ – Five, four, three, two, one. That’s it. Time’s up. No more painting. – Pow. Right. – You all set? – Yes, sir. Oh, wow!
– Right? – That is awesome.
– Right? – Looks like he’s about to
shift his spaceship into high gear. – Yeah? Right? – Oh my gosh, that’s so cool. And they look like the cats
and dogs. – I tried. It was hard. – This is like for the left
side, so it’ll kind of sit. – I like it. You did good. – That’s not too bad? – No, it’s gonna look
great spinning. – Thank you very much. – You like ’em? – Oh my gosh. – That’s so cool. – That’s awesome. – Just so you know, that’s the
Empire State Building, and it’s true to form. – I love it. – Oh my God. – Oh, awesome. – Look at those. You like ’em? – Yes, I do like them. – Oh, buddy. – Do you like it?
– What do you think? – Yeah, I love it. Yeah. – I need a high five. Yes! – Yeah. What do you,
what do you say? – Thank you. – You’re welcome. – All right guys, it is now
time to critique your work. Let’s start with Jake. Jake, how was this for you? – You know, to do something
like this with– uh… [clears throat] Uh… Just trying not
to get emotional. – I think he did amazing.
– I’m so glad. I was so nervous
that you weren’t gonna like it. – It definitely has a very
personal feel. The colors are cool,
a lot of contrast. The images stand out. The fact that it says Cure SMA
on there, it’s awareness. I think it’s really cool. – Pon. Hi, Sharla.
– Hi. – The guitar looks great. – Pon, I think you did
a good job incorporating all the
elements that she wanted. – The artwork really,
really stands strong and no cutting corners. He really gave you
everything he had. – He did really well.
I really like it. – Thank you guys
for coming. Dani. – Joey, I think you got the
toughest eagle in all the land. It’s beautiful color. – The detail you put in these
designs are super cool. The detail in the basketball,
football, and baseball
stands really strong. – I love how you put that
background. It makes it
look like it’s turning even if it’s sitting still. – Thumbs up.
– [laughs] Fantastic. All right, thanks, guys. Laura. How you doing, Philip?
– Good. – These are great.
Dragons are near and dear, and I think you got
two really great ones. One traditional one
that’s gonna protect you, and the other one will be a
fantasy one that’ll lead you
off to your dreams. – It looks really strong.
It’s really bold. Great job. – Thank you. – Cam. – I love the really light color
play against the stark black
background. It makes the piece
show out really strong, but it also puts a very nice,
delicate touch to the wheels. – All of us here
in a wheelchair, people stare, all the time. So, I just wanted
something feminine and pretty
for people to look at it. – It’s just as beautiful
as you, so I think that when
they’re staring, they’re really
just staring at you. – Thanks. – Creepy Jason. – Using the black background
as space, super smart. And then the other side,
hot rod alien, chain link steering wheel,
all the details in there are probably one of the most
detailed pieces of the day. – We got the coolest
cosmic sled in town. – I asked Jason for just
one thing: To win. [laughter] – How do you think he did,
then? – He won. I wouldn’t
bullshit you, man. [laughter] – Can he come more often?
I like this guy.