Ink Master Episode 8 In the climactic final episode of Ink Master our three finalists meet the human canvasses that the judges have assigned to them based upon the portfolio’s of the individual artists. Each tattoo has to be done in 2 six hour sittings.
First up, James is given a Japanese half-sleeve to test his ability. Vaughn has demonstrated an uncanny ability to do large tattoos FAST. Giving him 12 hours to do a half-sleeve, however, doesn’t seem like it is going to challenge his ability Especially since he said this was right up his alley, claiming Japanese as one of his favorite styles to work in. You can see his finished work below.
Tommy Helm was tasked with doing a Grim Reaper back-piece, and he was very pleased with the idea. He claims he has no particular style, so he gave the idea some consideration and developed something that, to me, looked a bit like Lord Soth until I did a Google image search and found that the guy i was thinking of, while definitely from D&D was not Soth. Not complaining, not slighting Tommy’s work, just saying.
And finally the judges tell Shane O’Neill that he will be handling what Chris Nuñez calls “a statuesque” Japanese tattoo. This doesn’t sit well with Shane because his specialty is realism and portrait, so he feels a bit disgruntled about all of this.
This is the part where I, as a customer, am not qualified to make the call. Each of these three tattoos is fucking BEAUTIFUL: highly detailed and very skilled. Fortunately, the judges didn’t have to make the call either, this was just the prelude to the REAL finale: each artist would start again in the morning with a Master Canvas that was putting their blind faith in these artists in the hope of walking away the proud owner of a $100,000 tattoo.
The catch, however, was this time they would only get six hours to work, the results are below.
Tommy decided to take Oliver at his word and do something to prove a point. In this case, he delivered a well-constructed tattoo of a woman holding an apple to show his ability to do good hands, and beautiful faces. This was what Chris Nuñez claimed as his favorite of the competition.
James, for some odd reason, decided to go back to his comfort zone and do another Japanese piece. This was a decision that confused not only viewers and fellow artist Shane O’Neill, but it also baffled Chris Nuñez who was really hoping that James would be able to show them a perfect pin-up.
The final battle really came down to Shane and Tommy since James decided to play it safe and do Japanese. The name of the contest is Ink Master, and you have to be able to do any style, and do them all well. That means you have to be willing to stretch your wings and FLY. James didn’t do that, and it cost him the title.
Ultimately the final decision came down to a case history and the ONE TIME that Tommy was in the bottom cost him the win. Still, he made it to the final three, and that is going to have a dramatic effect on his career in this industry.