Unless you understand the logic of the way this show is structured you cannot understand how Joshua made it to the final seven. He can trace anything and replicate it in a tattoo, but when he has to design something, he fucks it up. Constantly.
When he returned to the loft instead of Craig, people were not shy about expressing shock and disappointment. Even his Ink Brother Kyle was unhappy, and he did not spare Joshua as he explained all of the flaws in the other man’s pin-up.
To test the artists consistency they were taken to a science lab and given Dremels and replica human skulls. They could carve any design they wanted, as long as it was consistent, and as long as they got it done in 3 hours.
For the judges it came down to Jime and Joshua, and they chose Joshua. I don’t know if I support that decision, but that wasn’t my decision.
After spending so much time at the bottom Joshua really needed the advantage. He is running out of time and he knows it, so he is going to have to keep eliminating other artists by assigning them difficult tattoos. Jackie and Jason are much closer to him than he is to Joey or Jime, so he knows who he can get rid of quickly. The pressure is getting to Tatu Baby, she nearly quit last week, so giving her a tough canvas or design could get her gone also. So many targets.
When comic book artist extraordinaire Greg Capullo came out to be the guest judge, I knew comic book tattoos would be forthcoming. This time they were going to be the DC Rogues Gallery, some of the best villains in the business. These tattoos would be testing the artists consistency, their ability to perfectly render these iconic characters.
I would totally rock this Darkseid by Kyle Dunbar. That thing is just sick, even taking into consideration what the judges called out on it. I would still wear it, but I don’t have really pale skin, so the yellow would fucking pop on me.
Jime Litwalk, however, really pissed Oliver off by ignoring the DC Comics aspect of the challenge and doing a Jime Litwalk tattoo instead. She really does look like the Jolly Green Giant’s daughter, doesn’t she?
Tops and Bottoms
Jason, Joey, Jackie, and Jime found themselves downstairs and only Joey was there to receive praise.
The worst tattoo of the day, by far, came from Jackie who just decided that it didn’t matter which side of Two-Face was burned. You can just swap that around as it please you.
The human canvass jury completely hated Jime‘s tattoo and he refuses to acknowledge that he seems to be just a New Skool artist, possibly the best in the world, but he is not an Ink Master.
His plan worked admirably, and Joshua was able to send both Jackie and Jason, the only two artists weaker than himself, to the bottom. He also completely outsmarted Jime Litwalk and gave him exactly what he needed to fall. How much further can he go?