Tonight’s episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Breathing Fire.” 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 three tattoo artists who are new to the competition, with Sarah Miller eliminated last week. The three remaining new competitors are: Anthony Michaels, Megan Jean Morris and Christian Buckingham. The remaining veterans are: Matti Hixson, Jime Litwalk, 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 Legibility, the artists were brought to a rooftop where they were given corkboards and huge jars of colored pushpins. Their challenge was Legibility. The artists in teams of two had to create a legible large-scale work of art on a 6×4 foot corkboard that is legible from across the room. Christian won the last challenge and had the choice of teams: Megan Jean & Jime, Sausage & Jesse, Christian & Cleen and Anthony & Matti who kicked ass as a team the last time they were paired. Christian chose to be paired up with Cleen because if they win and choose skulls, Cleen will not be able to screw him over. The thought of pushing all those pins in the corkboard was not a joy for the artists who must use their hands everyday to work their craft. Megan Jean did not like any suggestion Jime gave. Jesse and Sausage agreed on a dragon head. Christian and Cleen made a Gypsy lady. Megan Jean and Jime did a beautiful rose. Cleen and Christian won the challenge.
The artists were in the loft and Christian and Cleen decided to gun for Sausage. In the studio, the last veteran artist was introduced. It was James Vaughn a Japanese master tattooer. His Elimination Tattoo was a Japanese dragon with water. Chris Nunez plans to pick on every tiny mistake the artists make. Christian and Cleen chose the canvases. As planned, they gave Sausage the worst choice; a guy who lost a lot of weight and wanted a dragon coming out of his ribs with skin rips. When the time was up, they put the machines down and everyone expected Sausage to go home.
In the loft it was Christian and Cleen against Sausage and they believed he was starting to crack under the pressure. At the Critique, Cleen’s was not appreciated by the judges. Christian’s had flaws. Matti had turns and twists that did not add up. Jesse’s was not liked either. Jime did a dragon with a big head, but too big. Anthony did not have a good one. Megan Jean’s was not a good tattoo. Sausage had a tough canvas and was not good. James did a tattoo that was difficult to see the legibility. Cleen’s tattoo won the challenge. The artists were sent to the loft to confer. The Human Canvas Jury was deciding who had the worst tattoo. When Oliver came to the loft, he called for Sausage, Matti, Megan Jean and Jime.
Downstairs, the Human Canvas Jury chose Sausage, but the canvas loved his tattoo and he lauded Sausage for his design. The two judges, Chris and Oliver voted for Megan Jean and Dave voted for Sausage. Dave then told Megan Jean, “She did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.”