Last night’s episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Monumental Mistakes,” with Dave Navarro the host and judge, with the two expert judges, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. The field of artists are vying for the $100,000 prize and the most prestigious title of “Ink Master.”
With seven tattoo artists already sent home, the rest of the field consists of: Craig Foster, ES, Jackie Jennings, Jason Clay Dunn, Jime Litwalk, Joey Hamilton, Joshua Hibbard, Kyle Dunbar and Tatu Baby.
For the flash challenge, Dave came into the meeting room, for the first time, surprising the artists. They took a bus to just like the ones Dave has spent most of his life traveling on. As they went on the tour, Dave told them that the word of the challenge was dimension. Proper shading and perspective to create depth in the designs to make them pop off the skin. They will be designing for a very picky canvas; Dave Navarro. They will have two hours to come up with two designs for American traditional tattoos; one good luck and one bad luck. He will choose one of each, and the two artists will have ninety minutes to tattoo him at the same time. If that was not enough to make them have bragging rights, then winning the title, could only be better.
Back at the studio, they had the two hours to start their designs. Jime showed off by making twenty designs, while the rest of the field did two or four. He liked Tatu Baby’s bad luck and Jason’s good-luck ones, for their designs. He preferred to be tattooed by Jime and Joey, but decided in the end to choose; Tatu Baby with the coffin with woman’s legs coming out and Jason, who did a planchette of a Ouija board. The best use of dimension will be the winner of the challenge and have a great advantage in the elimination round. Both could use a boost in the competition, especially Jason. As both Oliver and Chris had their choices as the best tattoo using dimension, they were split, leaving the choice up to Dave, who chose Jason’s design because Dave wears a planchette around his neck and he pulled it off nicely.
For the elimination round, Jason chose the canvases for the challenge and now wants the braggarts on the top to feel the insecurities he felt while he was at the bottom of the pile. They were introduced to the guest judge, Nikko Hurtado, known primarily for his color realism. For the challenge, they must tattoo something so recognizable, that any error will be obvious; landmarks. The canvases want realistic tattoos of landmarks that are personal to them and do not want them cartoonish and thick. The canvases wanted some very monumental tattoos. The Statue of Liberty, the Roman Coliseum, the Grand Canyon and Mt. Rushmore were just a few, and they had six hours to complete them with dimension or lack of it, that could send them home. Jason chose the Statue of Liberty for himself, leaving the rest of the field with the difficult-to-impossible ones. Jason suffers from panic disorder and hopes to stay in the good graces of the judges with this one. Jime got the Grand Canyon; Kyle got the Roman Coliseum and adding to his stress; he had been going through foreclosure and received a call that they came and took everything, threw it in a dumpster and hauled it away. He really needs the $100,000.
As Jime came in to inspect Joshua’s tattoo, his canvas told him to leave and take his negativity with him. Joshua was happy to see how instantly recognizable his attitude was as he worked to complete an Aztec monument. After the challenge, Jason was now the target of everyone. Joey felt he threw him under the bus after giving him a dragon tattoo in his challenge. Jason said he wanted to stir the pot, but now they are gunning for him.
At the critique, Craig’s Leaning Tower of Pisa was all alone with no background to make it stand out. Jackie’s Easter Island statue in the foreground was hard to distinguish, but the ones in the background looked much better. Jime did the Grand Canyon, and Dave asked him if he thought it was Jason’s attempt to throw him under the bus? He agreed, and Jason stuck up for himself and said that Jime was at the top of every challenge and was a crybaby. Now Jime will show no mercy to anyone; if he regains control. His tattoo was no shining star to the judges for its dimension. Joey’s Golden Gate Bridge was a standout, and Chris gave him several stars. ES did the Brooklyn Bridge, but the line work was not distinct enough to give good dimension. Kyle’s Coliseum was a difficult one, and he gave kudos to Joshua for his ability to work with difficult canvases, as this was a bigger challenge to him. Joshua’s had the least dimension of the group, and Oliver was surprised, because this should have been right in his wheelhouse. Jason’s Statue of Liberty lacked the darkest dimension where it was needed the most. Tatu Baby did Mt. Rushmore, but on Lincoln’s face, she messed up with the shadowing.
While the human canvas jury convened, Kyle and Joshua had a chance to talk. He saw another side of the coin when Joshua told him that there has been too much camaraderie among certain artists. Joshua has been stirring the pot, while being criticized by Jime and a few others who sided against him. He told Kyle, when training for a fight, you did not train with your opponents and that Jason did the right thing by stirring up the pot after Jime’s declaration that it is game on. Kyle apologized to Joshua for anything he said as he sided with the opposition. Joshua told him he feels that the rest of the field is there to rob him of the $100,000 he desperately needs, and now Kyle is getting the same drive and determination.
Chris summoned Joshua, ES, Tatu Baby and Joey. The best tattoo of the day was Joey’s Golden Gate Bridge. The rest were the bottom three. The human canvas jury voted Tatu Baby’s Mt. Rushmore as the worst. ES had the Brooklyn Bridge that was a mess. Joshua’s dimension was lacking as he stated to Tatu Baby that all he does is defend himself from the rest of the competition who are constantly critiquing his work while giving kudos to the same few who continually trash his work. ES, who still felt he was better than Joshua, was the artist who was sent packing on this episode of “Ink Master.”
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