As the competition continues true colors are revealed. This week featured underhanded schemes and motives to strategically eliminate the competition on this episode of ‘Ink Master’, Composed and Exposed which aired Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The plotting progressed as the remaining artists formed new alliances. Only 11 artists were left to compete after Saint Marq was sent home last week. Returning from elimination Chris Blinston exposed himself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing determined to do whatever it takes to win, which sends the other contestants scrambling to find a way to send him packing.
For this week’s challenge, the artists were individually tasked with creating a composition piece in the form of a post card. The elements needed to make sense and move at the same time. The artists were paired with a canvas to create permanent souvenirs to commemorate their travel experiences and “living mas”. Challenges were met immediately as each artist searched for authenticity in their presentation.
After judging the challenge Matt O’Baugh was declared the winner. This gave him the power to assign canvases for the elimination tattoo. As things heated up Craig Foster persuaded Matt unknowingly to do his dirty work by going after Chris’s followers, Dave and Tyler. For the elimination challenge each artist created a piece in the European art form of Trash Polka. Composition and dynamics are a must in the art form that only uses black, gray and red ink. Immediately, the difficult canvases, and those with scattered ideas were used as ammunition in Craig’s plan to bring down Dave, Tyler and Chris.
Once the canvases were strategically assigned Chris realized the scheme and prepared for battle. As each artist worked through their tattoos many faced challenges creating and defining the elements requested. In a twist, Tyler’s verbally abrasive canvas decided on a less complicated tattoo, allowing Tyler free reign and inadvertently sabotaging Craig’s plan.
As the judges analyzed each element of the tattoos, tensions began to rise when those who felt safe realized they were not. During the final elimination a fierce battle to stay on top ensued as Tyler and Marisa’s relationship is brought to life as they tag team to bring down Big Ceeze when he challenges Marisa’s skill level. In the end Big Ceeze is sent home as he was ill prepared for the new art form and lost the challenge. After the 8th challenge of the season, 10 artists remain:
· Chris Blinston (@ChrisBlinston) – Owner/artist at No Hard Feelings in Coral Springs, FL
· Erik Campbell (@erikcampbelltat) – Owner/artist at Black Pearl Tattoo in Grand Junction, CO
· Dave Clarke (@daveclarkestach) — Artist Sacred-X-Pression Fort Walton Beach, FL
· Duffy Fortner (@duffyfortner) – Artist at Red Octopus Tattoos Prince Frederick, MD
· Craig Foster (@skinwerks) – Owner at Skinwerks Tattoo in Carrollton, GA
· Dave Kruseman (@davekruseman) – Owner at Oldeline Tattoo in Hagerstown, MD
· Marisa LaRen (@marisalaren) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
· Katie McGowan (@TattoosbyKatie) – Artist at Black Cobra Tattoo in Sherwood, AR
· Tyler Nolan (@_tylernolan) – Artist at Vatican Tattoos in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
· Matt O’Baugh (@mattobaugh) – Owner at Black Cobra Tattoos in Sherwood, AR
Coming up on next week’s episode: The Flash Challenge gets explosive when the Artists paint with fire. As the competition tightens, strategy kicks into high gear and the pressure causes major mishaps. A romance between Artists tests loyalties. Don’t miss LIKE A MOTH TO THE FLAME when it airs Tuesday, August 25th, 2015. [divider]