This week Oliver Peck had to take off because he had a scheduling conflict. He was running his own tattoo convention, you see. Fortunately they were able to get a special guest judge to fill in for him, Forrest Cavacco.
Flash Challenge: Dimension.
This week the artists were tasked with sandblasting a series of images onto seven sheets of glass which, once stacked, would reveal a 3D image. It was another team event and, once again, Jason Clay Dunn got to create the teams since he had won last week’s Elimination Challenge. He paired up the usual rivals, but he tried to handicap Josh with Julia who had suffered some sort of unexplained eye injury.
Cris and Angel decided to only use five of the seven panes, and it was a decision that won the day for them. It was a decision that didn’t sit well with too many of the other artists, but as Forrest commented, there is genius in simplicity. It is that understated elegance that keeps winning the day every season in challenge after challenge.
Using their power to assign skulls they decide to pit artists of equivalent skill against each other. The exception being that they paired Emily and Ty’esha, a gift to the latter. In a move that is becoming decidedly dull they once again tried to give Josh a rib canvas because apparently no one pays attention. To make it interesting, however, Josh’s opponent would be Cleen Rock One who was also doing a bear tattoo.
Naturally Josh gets his canvas to switch locations, and Jason Clay Dunn just keeps on being a pussy about it. No matter how many times he has been told by Nunez and Peck that being a tattoo artist also involves being a salesman, he just refuses to get it. He is a very skilled artist, but such a fucking whiner that it’s hard to believe that he was brought back.
The weirdest complaint I heard, however, came from Ryan who was tattooing a chestnut colored horse on a canvas with…chestnut colored skin. To me, this should be easy as fuck…just use shading and minimal outlines and allow her natural skin tone to do the work for you. Then again, I’m not an artist so what the fuck do I know?
Human Canvas Jury
Ryan was judged to be the worst tattoo of the day, and the HCJ had a bunch of terrible work to choose from. Despite his complaints about the coloration, what got him was the fact that this tattoo was tore up from the ground up. The musculature was off, the face is jacked…this tattoo is a fucking mess.
I was shocked to hear that Ryan was getting bounced and not Mark because…DAMN. First Dave Navarro commented that the elephant looked like it was wrapped in bacon, then Nunez straight up told Mark that it was getting harder and harder to justify allowing him to stay in the competition since Mark has been on the bottom so many times.
Shit is getting real, and if Mark doesn’t win the Elimination Challenge next week, I think he is going to be gone.