Tonight’s episode of “Ink Master” was titled “Enduring the Pain,” with Dave Navarro the host and judge, including the two expert judges, Oliver Peck and Chris Nunez. The artists are vying for the $100,000 prize and the most prestigious title of “Ink Master” as the field narrows down to four.
With twelve tattoo artists already sent home, the remaining four artists are: Jime Litwalk, Joey Hamilton, Kyle Dunbar and Tatu Baby.
Dave announced that there are not more flash challenges. For the elimination tattoo, each artist had to tattoo a design made by one of the guest judges. Jime had one from Chuey Quintinar. Kyle had one from Sessa. Tatu Baby had one from Troy Denning, and Joey had one from Corey Miller. Then Dave gave them the ultimate challenge; that all four were going to tattoo the same person for three hours, two arms and two thighs on one person, oh the pain!
Then immediately after the three hours were over, they had to tattoo their next canvas for six hours. The canvas will allow them to do whatever they want to show their best work. One of the four will go home after the challenge. When the canvases drew the skull, they got the luck of the draw. There will be no human canvas jury; the judges had the ultimate choice.
After the three hours were up, Tatu Baby did not finish her tattoo. They immediately started the six hour tattoo and Joey made an awesome tiger on his canvas. Jime did a new-school tattoo of a pinup girl; Baby did a skull and a rose, and Kyle’s was unidentifiable.
As they faced the judges, Joey’s first tattoo had little definition but his tiger was not as the judges expected. Jime’s first tattoo was exactly as it should have been and his second tattoo was what the judges wanted from him. Kyle’s first tattoo was clean and bold; his second one was a “Day of the Dead” one, but hard to identify what was going on. Tatu Baby’s first tattoo was not finished. Oliver told her that she needed someone yelling at her when she made a mistake with lines, but she never had anyone yelling at her. He confessed that for the first seven years of his career, he was yelled at every time he made a mistake. For her second tattoo, they liked it much better and the line work was good. The judges now have a big decision as the artists went back to the loft.
The judges agreed that Joey and Jime deserved to be in the finale. The choice had to be made between Kyle and Baby. Oliver went back to call all four of them back to face the judges. Jime won the best tattoo of the day and secured his spot in the live finale. Joey was also chosen for the live finale. The judges decided that Kyle was not going to the finale, and Tatu Baby was one of the final three.
There will still be a chance for Kyle to be voted as the best among the eliminated artists when fans go to the website and vote for their favorite eliminated artist. At the live season finale, the top two vote getters will compete against each other, and the winner will return to season four of the next "Ink Master."
Then the final three artists were sent home where they would complete a 35-hour tattoo. Each would be assigned a master canvas with a design completely up to them. They must complete it over the next several months to create their masterpiece. They will present it live to the judges and America at the live season finale. They had two hours to meet and discuss the design with their canvases. Then the canvases would meet them in their home town for five seven-hour sittings where they will complete the best tattoo they ever created.
Jime wants to do the ultimate battle royal; an eagle, a dragon and a snake and his canvas is in agreement. Joey had a woman, and they agreed on a mermaid with lots of detail surrounding her. Baby plans to do a pinup on her man’s back. Next week will be the grand finale, and the winner will be chosen.
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