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Inconsistent Judging, Horrible Attitudes, Generally Meh.
on May 29, 2015
I found it extremely hard to find a contestant I could relate to or even like. In other artistically focused shows similar to this, the contestants genuinely want everyone around them to do the best they can do because each person wants to beat the rest at the top of their game, not because someone else screwed up. The sportsmanship here was totally lacking and the way that these people generally behaved toward one another was deplorable. Smirking when someone else got critiqued, making snippy comments, throwing people's mistakes in their faces... This is no way to run a show. I found myself finishing the series not to see someone win, but to see someone lose, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Maybe future seasons will have better contestants. Frankly, and I'm in the market for new ink, I wouldn't let any of these guys tattoo me. The ones that had interesting styles had horrible attitudes and the ones that were likable, decent human beings made such basic mistakes that I'd worry about sitting in their chairs. I'm not sure if these guys realize that their work is only a small part of what is on display in a show like this; their personalities and how they behave mean much more to me as a customer.
I'll give it another season, but I probably shouldn't.