Tonight’s episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Salt in the Wound.” The season seven theme for this tattooing sensation is Revenge. As always, the judges will be Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. The final artist standing will receive $100,000, a feature in Inked Magazine and the best prize of all; the enviable title of “Ink Master.” The episode begins with a field of six tattoo artists who are new to the competition, with Cris Cherman eliminated last week. The six remaining new competitors are: Anthony Michaels, Ashley Velazquez, Picasso Dular, Megan Jean Morris, Christian Buckingham and Alex Rockoff. The veterans are: Matti Hixson, St. Marq, Jime Litwalk, Sarah Miller, Sausage, Cleen Rock One, Jesse Smith and James Vaughn, as one will return each week.
For the Flash Challenge, the theme is Creativity, and they must use salt to express their creativity. The artists will be using different versions of salt in teams of two to express creativity. Cleen won the last challenge, so he will choose the teams. He chose Picasso as his teammate even though he called him Edward Scissorhands, but recognized his artistic ability. Anthony and Ashley were a team; Megan Jean and Christian were elated that they were chosen as a team and St. Marq and Alex were another. Alex does not like working with anyone, much less St. Marq. The winners were Megan Jean and Christian, who did an awesome salt creation and will choose the human canvases for the Elimination Challenge. Their plan is coming to fruition, to take out the veterans.
The Elimination Challenge introduced Sausage, who played with integrity and should have won season four. He also happens to be Christian’s boss. He called the challenge to do Comic Book Characters, but to capture the canvas’ likeness to the character. Megan Jean and Christian chose the skulls and of course, St. Marq and Cleen had nasty things to say and how revenge is theirs. When the pens were down and time was up, the critique began in the loft. When the artists faced the judges, the real critique began. Sausage nailed his tattoo. Megan Jean’s was not met well, Christian’s was not that great either. Cleen’s was not good, Anthony’s was a medic that was good. Picasso did a creative job, but his tattooing was not good. Alex did a great job. St. Marq did a great job. Ashley did a fair job. However, the judges voted for Anthony over Sausage for the best tattoo.
As the Human Canvas Jury deliberated, the war was on in the loft. When Oliver came in, he called out Picasso, Ashley and Cleen. Cleen’s was voted worst by the Human Canvas Jury, but the judges agreed he would not leave the competition yet. For that reason, all votes went to Ashley, as Dave told her, “She did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”