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 and are still among the competitors.)
For the Flash Challenge, the artists were taken to Coney Island where their canvases were contortionists. The theme this week is Color Theory. The artists must work in teams of two with two canvases. They must hose down the canvases and then make them into a mind-blowing illusion using a color palette. Cleen Rock One chose the teams of: Cleen & St. Marq, Sausage & Megan Jean, Alex & Matti, and Christian & Anthony. The winning team will have the advantage of choosing the canvases for the Elimination Challenge. They will have four hours to create an illusion.
The artists got busy positioning the contortionists before airbrushing them. Matti & Alex was not a match that either appreciated. Megan Jean did not get along well with Sausage. When the time was up, the judges checked out the finished products. St. Marq & Cleen made a clown’s face and the judges liked the colors. Alex & Matti made a macaw, but the judges did not like it. Sausage & Megan Jean created a scorpion that the judges did like. Anthony & Christian created a devil, but it could have been done with one person instead of two and not well appreciated by the judges or the other veterans. The judges announced that Sausage & Megan Jean were the winners. In the loft, the naysayers gave Sausage & Megan Jean their opinions and did not try to make friends.
The Elimination Challenge introduced Jime Litwalk, the next veteran returning for revenge. He is a pioneer of new school tattooing and the artist who lost to Joey Hamilton in season three. He wants the artists to make new school dinosaurs for their challenge and of course, using Color Theory. Sausage & Megan Jean had the power to assign the canvases, but Sausage felt that he did the choosing. When Cleen received a good choice, he gave Megan Jean a nod, but not everyone was happy with their choices, especially Jime who believed he had the upper hand until the choices were made.
Anthony and Christian belonged to an alliance with Megan Jean, but her collaboration with Cleen Rock One is making them doubt her allegiance to them. Now they are plotting against her.
When the machines were down and time was up, and the artists were in the loft, St. Marq and Alex continued their venomous comments for each other. At the Tattoo Critique, Jime was first and his tattoo did not hit a home run with the judges. Cleen scored a grand slam. Matti made it to first base, but that was about all. Sausage also hit a grand slam. Christian’s was good but no gold stars. Megan Jean’s was not a favorite of the judges. Anthony’s was a good clear tattoo the judges liked. Alex did not impress the judges they way they expected if he wants to stay in the competition. St. Marq also did not impress the judges. When the judges decided, they chose Sausage over Cleen. They were then sent to the loft and awaited the human canvas jury’s decision as to the worst tattoo of the day.
When Oliver came to the loft, he sent for Alex, St. Marq and Megan Jean. The Human Canvas Jury chose Alex’s tattoo as the worst, but the canvas liked it. When she was asked whose tattoo she voted as the worst, it was St. Marq’s. The judges voted and Chris once again voted for Megan Jean, but Oliver chose St. Marq, to break the tie, Dave also voted for St. Marq and then Dave told St. Marq, “He did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”