Clint and Sarah do not work well together as a team, as we saw last episode. And the reason for that isn’t hard to fathom: they are both hyper-emotional and have an inferiority complex. He just does a better job of hiding his than she does, as evidenced by her mini-meltdown after finding herself on the bottom for the first time. In both Flash AND Elimination rounds, no less.
Since this is Spike there has to be a certain amount of titillation per season (bless their hearts) so this episode the artists are taken to a cowboy bar and tasked with burning designs into the chaps the ladies on staff wear. The reason for this is to test the artists ability to demonstrate balance in a tattoo, you like composition and placing. Seriously, that’s why they are doing it.
Anyway, since the theme was “balance” some of the artists decided to take it literally and do both legs of the chaps. Not all of the attempts were successful, unfortunately. Sarah did a bisectional old-school desert piece, but the right leg was far better than the left, leaving an unfinished look as a result.
Jesse turned out another bug-eyed, big-toothed masterpiece, this one using the love-hate theme.
and Jamie went for a Southwestern theme as well with sugar skulls.
In a prescient move Clint decided to do a Japanese dragon. He failed miserably with both Oliver and Chris ripping him apart for the work.
The judges give the win to Jamie who now has the chance to finally eliminate the bottom of the category and leave the best behind.
Since the judges were testing balance they decided to bring in Japanese tattoo expert Mike Rubendall in to help judge. The pressure is really on Clint now due to his failure during the Flash Challenge.
Another little twist in tonight’s episode is two celebrity canvasses: pro fighters from
Bellator came by to get inked. Both Brent Weedman and Lloyd Woodard are quietly guest-starring on this episode, demonstrating a lot of faith in this show. Jamie is also displaying faith in Clint, at least in faith that Clint will fail which is why he gave Clint a dragon tattoo.
Tops and Bottoms
For some inexplicable reason the contestants still don’t realize that Oliver and Chris take their styles seriously, and they expect the same of everyone who wants to be called “Ink Master.” After the disaster that was American Traditional, they were expecting much more from them on Japanese day. And for the most part, they were disappointed.
Jesse, Baby, Clint, and Steve found themselves on the carpet and only Jesse had reason to feel confident going in. In the end the decision was made that Clint had to go, the time for mistakes was over.