Last week’s elimination event saw Mark making yet another appearance downstairs, this time accompanied by Emily and Ryan. As we all know, Ryan didn’t go back upstairs and the crowd reaction when Mark walked in was unmasked surprise. When Emily walked in, however, several people didn’t bother to hide their disappointment. Angel Bauta, in particular, was so irate that he had to leave the room, first warning everyone else to stay away from him because his outrage was so great it was going to spill over into physical violence.
This should have been the wake-up call that Emily needed. From her first day in the studio she has been running her mouth constantly despite the fact that her skills aren’t nearly as high as either Jason Clay Dunn or Josh Hibbard. People hate Josh because they think he’s an unimaginative weasel, they hate her because they think she’s a vicious bitch with mediocre talent. Given the choice between those two, I would much rather be in Josh Hibbard’s shoes because he has consistently proven he can turn in stellar work.
It’s not easy to deal with the idea that everyone hates you, but if you are smart you’ll take some time to reflect on it and begin changing your ways. It is becoming clear that Emily isn’t smart. She deliberately attempts to sabotage Angel when he has to complete her canvas, but Angel isn’t stupid so he evades the trap she set. His only real mistake, however, was not altering her shitty design and it came back to bite him later.
Flash Challenge: This week the judges threw the biggest curve ball so far: no Flash Challenge, and Nunez and Peck would be assigning the canvasses. Also, every tattoo was going to be on the gluteus maximus; no exceptions. One cheek per day, six hours of work.
Then, to really shake things up, on the second day of tattooing everyone had to switch canvasses and finish someone else’s design. Each artist had the option to redo the design to put their own spin on it, but the design had to match the original concept.
Human Canvas Jury: This is the tattoo that the HCJ decided was the worst of the day. I’m not making that up, they really said this was the worst.
Nunez and Peck made it abundantly clear that they did not share that opinion. Nunez specifically said that Angel and Julia should have been down there instead, and it’s hard to argue with that opinion when you look at the work they turned in.
For the first time EVER the judges ruled that there was NO winner when it came to Emily vs Ty’esha. Ty’esha made a horrible choice with the green mist, a mistake that Emily continued. Still, that wasn’t the only reason the judges we displeased as they pointed out flawed line work.
Things were looking grim for Emily because not only was this the second time she found herself on the bottom, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that she doesn’t have the skill to go the distance. Fortunately for her, and unfortunately for the victim, one artist committed the unforgivable sin of damaging their canvas.
That tattoo is not going to heal properly, anyone can see that. And the closer you get to it, the worse it looks. It was a terrible way to go out, but the judges are merciless when it comes to this kind of error, and justifiably so. The young lady who is wearing that tattoo has to live with that damage and it is going to be hard, if not impossible, to fix.
Emily dodged a bullet this week, but her time is running out quickly.