Last night’s 2-hour live episode of “Ink Master” was titled “The Epic Finale,” with Dave Navarro the host and judge with the two seasoned judges, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. As the artists are vying for the $100,000 prize and the most prestigious title of “Ink Master” as the field narrowed down to just three. Kyle Dunbar was sent home on the last episode, just missing out on being in the final three.
With thirteen tattoo artists already sent packing, the remaining three artists are: Jime Litwalk, Joey Hamilton and Tatu Baby. As promised, the live season finale saw the two top vote-getters competing against each other, with the winner of the best tattoo competing for a return trip to season four of the next "Ink Master." The two winners of the voting were Kyle Dunbar and Chris May, who tattooed head-to-head live. They tattooed for over five hours before the finale started and had just short of an hour to go at the start. Dave showed the fans how each of them was eliminated and their best and worst tattoos while vying on the show. Good luck to both!
Ten of the other eleven artists were introduced in the order of their elimination for the live audience to see: Frank McManus, Mystical Mike, a very pregnant Maddie La Belle, Ally Lee, Made Rich, ES, Craig Foster, Jackie Jennings, Jason Clay Dunn and Joshua Hibbard, who received both cheers and boos. The three finalists were then announced; Jime Litwalk, Tatu Baby, and Joey Hamilton.
The artists brought their animosity for other players back for the finale, especially for Joshua. Jime who was accused of bullying, received kudos from Dave when he stated that Jime must have bullied his way into the final three.
Several tattoos of the human canvases were displayed, both good and bad tattoos had equal time. A few of the canvases had their chance to speak their minds about their experiences. John, a man with the Celtic cross tattoo from Ally had the first say, along with his girlfriend Jen. She hated the tattoo that Ally did on him, stating that the number thirteen was not done properly, the cross was not highlighted well and the flames behind the cross were not properly done. Ally defended her work and stated that she was next door being tattooed by ES, and she acted as if she was there the entire time. Ally stated that he originally loved the tattoo, and Dave agreed that he did love the tattoo. Now in retrospect, he is unhappy with the tattoo, even though Ally gave him several options in the design. Dave sent him off stating that maybe they will see him next year for the cover-up challenge.
Marisol was next, she had a tattoo of Mayan landmark that Joshua did. The judges did not like the tattoo, but Marisol defended the tattoo and artist, including against the comments of the human canvas jury. She loves her tattoo and is extremely happy with it and Dave said that in the end; her love for the tattoo was all that mattered.
Next was Lynn, who had the portrait of her mother who was done by Kyle. He showed every wrinkle in the woman’s face, which was totally her face and did an awesome job. Another human canvas member, whom she called a douche bag called her mother Leatherface from a classic horror movie. Lynn was very upset and wanted to confront Alan and called him a di*k, for calling her mother such a derogatory name. He defended himself by stating that he did not call her mother that name, but said the tattoo looked like Leatherface, which was his critique of the tattoo. He told her she is mad at the wrong person and should be mad at Kyle for the job he did. Dave’s attempt to smooth it over, fell by the wayside.
In a controversial elimination, Craig was sent home for his black and gray pinup. Many fans were outraged and social media went crazy defending Craig. Jason was the harshest critic of the judging and the criteria they used. Guess he will not return for an appearance any time soon.
Next, a montage of the best tattoos of the season was displayed, and Dave announced that the winner of the Spike TV/Taco Bell voting would receive an appearance as a guest tattooer at both Chris Nunez’ and Oliver Peck’s tattoo shops. The votes were tallied, and the winner was Joey Hamilton. Congrats, Joey!
As time was up for the live tattoos, Kyle and Chris put down their machines as the live audience counted down. When the finished tattoos were revealed, Kyle’s was a thigh tattoo on a woman. It was a lady’s face with a skull under it. The lady on the tattoo had a pensive look on her face. Chris’ tattoo was a snake crushing a rat with awesome color and detail. Oliver asked him why he did not do work like this during the competition and stated how it was the best they saw from him yet. The viewers were directed to vote on the website or tweet their votes to choose the winner.
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