Tonight’s episode of “Ink Master” was titled “The Devil’s in the Details.” 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 five tattoo artists who are new to the competition, with Ashley Velazquez eliminated last week. The five remaining new competitors are: Anthony Michaels, 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. (Veterans underlined have already returned.)
For the Flash Challenge, the theme is Detail, as the artists are taken to a courtroom. Dave explains how details can prove a person guilty or innocent, as they are told that they must tattoo a loved one’s fingerprints on a randomly chosen canvas. When completed, the fingerprints will be judged by forensics expert, Detective Adrian Gardner, making this Detail the most important challenge ever.
When the critique proceeded, Alex Rockoff’s was not perfect, St. Marq’s was a perfect match, Christian made a heart tattoo using the fingerprint, but it was inconclusive. Sausage’s was perfect as was Cleen’s. Anthony’s was a good match. Megan Jean’s was also perfect, but Picasso’s had imperfections. The winner of the challenge was Cleen Rock One, who will choose the skulls in the Elimination Challenge.
The Elimination Challenge introduced Matti Hixson was the next veteran returning for revenge. Matti’s choice of tattoo was a Venetian Mask and Cleen had the choice of canvas picks. As the canvases decided what they wanted, Cleen was happy to give the hardest one to Matti, who felt that he just arrived and was screwed already. Matti, didn’t you call the challenge? With six hours to complete this tattoo, the challenge was on. Matti is gunning for Sausage and was disappointed that he got the worst skull pick and not Sausage.
When the time was up, the Critique began. Matti faced the music first, and his tattoo did not score points with the judges. Christian’s was clean and awesome. Cleen’s was detailed and beautiful. Anthony’s was a good tattoo and Sausage’s was not his best. Megan Jean’s was not liked by the judges. Picasso’s has a few flaws. Alex’s was not loved either; St. Marq’s was weak. The best tattoo was Cleen’s, and the artists were sent back to the loft where Alex and St. Marq nearly came to blows. He also called Sausage a douche bag, as he tried to break it up. Spike asked whose attitude could cost them the competition and the vote went to Alex.
When Oliver came to the loft, he called for Megan Jean, Alex, Picasso and Anthony. The Human Canvas Jury chose Anthony’s as the worst tattoo, but the canvas loved it and the judges agreed that he should not have been down there. The judges were not all in agreement, but two out of three votes went to Picasso, as Dave told him, “He did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”