Tonight’s episode of “Ink Master” is still at five tattoo artists competing for an editorial feature in Inked magazine, the monetary prize of $100,000 and the most enviable of all prizes; the title of “Ink Master.” Last week, Gentle Jay went home after a showdown with Melissa.
As the episode begins, the artists are in the loft after Jay left. Scott is blowing his horn, and in front of Melissa states that he cannot wait until she is gone so he can win the competition. He is an egomaniac and Sausage warns him not to get too cocky, because in this competition, one hiccup can knock you out of the race.
For the Flash Challenge, the artists were taken to a sightseeing boat on the Hudson River, called the Hornblower Hybrid. Dave announced that for the Flash Challenge, they would be testing Proportion, making sure all parts of the tattoo are in proportion to the rest of it. If a head is too big for a body, it is not in proportion. So today they will sketch the Statue of Liberty in 60 minutes, making sure the proportion is accurate. The winner will have the ability to assign all human canvases for the Elimination Tattoo. As the boat continues to move, the vantage point of the statue continues to change. Halo starts to get seasick at the most inopportune time. When the hour was over, Dave announced that the challenge was not over. Now they must tattoo their drawing on a human canvas. Sausage did only the bust and top of the statue, but his work was well done and except for the end of the one shoulder, a perfect job using proportion. Melissa’s was also given high marks. The winner of the challenge was Halo because Scott did a great job, but she has seven spikes on her crown, and he only put six. So Halo will choose the human canvases for the Elimination Challenge.
As Scott tried to push Halo on eliminating Melissa, Halo told him flat out, that when the shoe was on the other foot, he was gunning for Halo, now the onus is on him. As the Elimination Challenge began, Dave warned the artists once again, that the three judges will be judging them, as will the human canvas jury, America and special guest judge, Horitaka, who owns and operates State of Grace Tattoo in San Jose, Calif. He specializes in Japanese tattooing and loves doing sleeves and body suits; the displays of his work were amazing. So in keeping with the Proportion theme, they each must tattoo the same subject, a Japanese snake in perfect proportion and all the canvases want their tattoo on their ribs.
When Halo asked questions of the canvases, he found a woman who only had a few tattoos and never on her ribs, she was assigned to Scott, in hopes to knock him on his ass. Soon Scott started sounding like the crybaby he accused others of being.
At the Tattoo Critique, they were told they would be given a harsh critique. Melissa did a good job. Matti had a huge tattoo, and he proportioned it very well and impressed the judges. Sausage received both good and bad opinions, but most liked it. Halo’s was not well-liked and the way it was finished on the bottom detracted from the tattoo. Scott’s tattoo was hardly discernible. Oliver was very surprised to see him do such a bad tattoo. He tried to blame the canvas, but it did not work. The judges determined that Matti had the best tattoo.
When Oliver returned to the loft, he asked Matti who he chose as the worst tattoo of the day, he chose Halo, so Oliver called for Matti, Halo, Melissa and Scott, leaving Sausage alone in the loft.
When they faced the judges, Matti told them he chose Halo because of the size and mistakes he made. Scott was there because the human canvas jury determined he had the worst tattoo of the day.
In the end, it was Melissa who was told she did not have what it takes to be “Ink Master.” Chris told her it was not for the tattoo she did today, but for her body of work, and not having won any challenge, she had to leave the competition.