This season it seems the producers wanted to amp the drama a bit, so they found some silly, silly, silly fucking tattoo artists. I’m looking right at you, Mystical Mike, with your Emo hair and your ridiculous syntax. Every artists is aware this kid lacks skill, and he tries to cover for it by claiming his imagination outweighs his skill which can be said about pretty much anyone who sucks at something they enjoy doing.
Another issue is Josh Hibbard’s decision to take up Kay Kutta‘s baton and run screaming with it. Between him trying to get people to doubt themselves and Mystical Mike being an annoying asshole, this is going to be a rough season for a bit.
This week the judges will be testing precision, something some of the contestants struggled with last week. To keep it interesting the artists would be working in teams of three designing and cutting out grills for muscle cars in three short hours. Three-time NFL Pro-Bowler Chris Johnson came by to be guest judge.
Ego clashes on some teams threaten their work, while others work very seamlessly. Tatu Baby knows nothing about cars, so she made sure she got herself a good team in Jime and ES. Kyle and Craig got stuck with Mystical Mike while Maddie was given to Made Rich and Chris.
Since precision is the task at hand, the judges want photo-realistic anatomical tattoos. Josh was given the hardest canvas, a woman who wanted an armpit tattoo. Rather than get upset about it, he approached the problem like a salesman and began working her, trying to get her to change her mind. When that failed, he tucked in and did the work she wanted.
Tops and Bottoms
Craig, Chris, Maddie, and Mike found themselves on the carpet at the end of the episode. Once again, only one of the four had turned in quality work.
Of the other three, Mike turned in work that was so bad the judges were clearly questioning his sanity by the end.
It was a close call between Mike and Chris because neither of them did what they were told. It was clear, however, that Mike had no chance of survival, neither does Maddie. Guess who’s gone next episode?