Artists from four regions fight to defend their home turf, but only one can be the Ink Master.
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Rep Your Region
The artists tattoo their home states and face blind critiques by the judges, a competitor makes a drastic choice, and patriotic tattoos decide someone's fate in the Face Off.
Clash of the Collages
The South aims to unify and rebound when the teams are tasked with a postcard mural on the side of a bus, and a compass rose elimination tattoo includes a game-changing twist.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Teams must unify or die in a two-day tattoo marathon that's all about collaboration, then the losers fight for survival with full-bodied American traditional fairy tattoos.
To test legibility, the teams spin intricate designs with yarn on outdoor canvases, then get technical with schematic tattoos.
Out of Your Element
To test their consistency, each team must work on a single canvas at the same time to create a tattoo series representing either earth, wind, water or fire.
Off the Chain
After the teams create colorful murals by inserting cups into chain-linked fences, the artists are tasked with tattooing neon-light pieces.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Two Artists Head Home
One artist quits the competition rather than create work that does not meet their standards, while the eliminated artist thinks their tattoo's flaws weren't as bad as others'.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Can't Always Give the Canvas What It Wants
The latest eliminated artist stands by their tattoo despite barely finishing in time and says they're leaving a better artist than when they started.
Eliminated Artist Interview: It's Dangerous to Go Alone
The newly eliminated artist adopted a lone wolf attitude, but a tricky canvas and animosity from other artists sent them packing early in the competition.
Eliminated Artist Interview: A Last-Minute Change Ends It All
The latest eliminated artist blames their canvas after the judges take issue with the accuracy of their schematic tattoo.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Treat Each Tattoo Like It's Your Last
In a surprise double elimination, one artist leaves disappointed by their nervous, shoddy application, while another feels they were harshly judged on a minor detail.
Eliminated Artist Interview: The Elimination That Shook Everybody
Despite receiving harsh critiques from the judges, the latest eliminated artist is grateful that fellow competitors had their back.