A massive twist shakes up the competition and a painstaking Flash Challenge puts Shop relationships to the test. The battle continues for the title of Master Shop and the largest prize in Ink Master history.
With the field down to only 5 shops remaining, the fight to 200K and the first ever title of Master Shop intensifies. In a deity Elimination Tattoo, some shops reach for the heavens while one shop is sent packing to hell.
This season of Ink Master reaches new heights as tattoo shops from across the country go to war. As 19 shops enter the competition, in the end only one will be left standing, winning the title of 'Master Shop' and $200,000.
Hate giving a 1 star because I love the show but... WTF IS GOING ON HERE! WHERE'S THE FINALE!!! Like others that are angry I paid for the full season and there's no finale up yet and it's already been spoiled for me by online friends asking what I thought about who won, I WOULD'VE ALREADY WATCHED IT BY THAT TIME BUT, AMAZON DECIDED TO SCREW US WITH THIS CRAP!!! What is the point in paying for something like this if we're only gonna get screwed like this at the end of the season? Extremely irritating/aggravating.
Team challenges and so entertaining! The TALENT on this show is mind blowing. Although you will see some imperfect tattoos, it is nothing like seasons before when people were tattooed with terrible results. In this season, they didn't pick odd places on the body to tattoo for the most part. They did armpits, and that was really the most unusual location. It was more like marathon tattooing sessions for both the artists and the clients. For example, the client would be tattooed by both artists at the same time and the artists never had a break. I was really surprised that the clients could sit through all of these tattoo sessions. In the end, the right team wins in my opinion, and that is extremely satisfying! That said, the top teams all deserve accolades and it would be nice if the show rewarded the 2nd and 3rd place teams in some way financially.
Extremely entertaining if you're into a bit of competition mixed with an artistic creative process. I've definitely enjoyed the past few seasons much more than the earlier ones with weaker fields and a couple stand outs along with poor uncompetitive artists whose only objective on the show was to be loud mouth belligerent idiots. Made Rich was the only one this season that was particularly unprofessional and obnoxious to be subjected to.
One note, if Basillica Tattoo would've gone with a combat medic giving aid to a painted soldier dying on the field of battle in a bunker they would've killed it on episode 14. I'm hoping Nolan can talk some sense into Christian and get him to break out of his safe sally Cruiseman rut he's falling into this season. He isn't putting forward his best work like he did with Anthony previously.
I agree with other reviewers that this season has definitely exposed a few really subjective and questionable elimination decisions. In the middle of the competition the judges gave a lot of respect to some of the veteran shops coming into the house and off'd a couple shops who were putting up better work and had better report cards (Artistic Skin Designs comes to mind). I thought the judges showed better artistic integrity in previous seasons, and even previous episodes of this season, when they eliminated top-ranked artists right off the bat when they had worst tattoo of the day, and didn't let reputation cloud their judgement.
When one of the favorites gets eliminated late in the game Chris Nunez's reaction was hilarious. This season did bring up the question of if the judges should be doing the same homework the artists are, at least to a degree, on the subject matter before providing their critiques and sending people home, as there were a few instances of the subject matter of the weekly competition being thrown out the window simply for a preference to a favorable image. Specifically Dave Navarro abandoned his previously held to principle of 'what they test for each week has to matter'.
I hope the judges return to prioritizing the Test above artists who duck the challenge and just do a safe cop out tattoo that looks pleasing. There was more respect for fellow competitors this season than I've seen in any other and part of that may have been attributed to the team aspect and having to rely on a teammate. The individual strong artists definitely showed doubt because they were never fully in control of their output. It was a neat evolution of the competition.
Good stuff overall. Had to come back to leave an edit. Erin Chance of Unkindness Art created some of the highest quality work of any individual artist in any season I've watched. If best piece of each weekly show was given 10 grand Erin would have taken home quite a few of them even once the returning veterans started crashing the party.
Final edit, congrats to the winning shop, you know who you are. As a casual tattoo fan the black & gray master canvas was one of, if not the best finale pieces ever to grace Ink Master. Great example of artistry and going for win and all times during your run.
Where is the final episode? This is so crazy absurd that I have to wait several days after the episode even tho I paid for a whole season. I hold both Amazon and Ink Master accountable. I like to stay current and I'm ok paying for the shows, but it's actually pretty easy for me to wait until I get it with other subscriptions a couple of months or a year later.
The new format for the show being master shop was a nice twist. They will have to keep mixing it up season so it does not get repetitive. If you enjoy seeing awesome tattoos then i recommend watching this. I am not much for all the drama ect.. but i love seeing the different ideas they come up with. In the end it was a good season with some good challenges
HD is better than SD, but not worth the price difference. This season is about the same as all the rest of the series. Nice art work, and silly confrontations. I hate to admit it, but I would probably buy this again, and will probably buy next season, too.
This season, there are pairs competing from shops around the country, with a grand prize of $200,000... double what it used to be... so stakes are HIGH! So far the artists are proving to be exceptionally talented, with my personal favorite, Unkindness Art, doing great out of the gate! I look forward to the remainder of the show keeping my fingers crossed for Unkindness!! (I'm definitely going to Richmond soon!)
I was always a fan of the show. Love tattoos, love the art, the people not so much. There have been some awesome artists on the previous years that i really liked, and a whole lot of a----------- that I did not. Speaking of which, only took 27 minutes into the first episode for someone to pull the race card! I'm impressed i thought it would happen sooner.