Artists from four regions fight to defend their home turf, but only one can be the Ink Master.
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.
The teams must prove their adaptability while they each work on multiple tattoos and canvasses at the same time, and the Face Off Tattoo comes with a surprise.
The teams put their knowledge of color theory to the test while concocting candy creations, and new school food is on the menu for the elimination tattoo challenge.
Artistry On The Line
Competitors must win a suspended-art flash challenge for the right to assign canvases in the notoriously difficult pinup tattoo elimination.
Every Artist for Themselves
The 10 remaining artists must set themselves apart from their regional teams and face off in head-to-head individual battles, and two competitors are sent home.
From Toast to Toast
Jerrel is chafed by his team while creating a mural out of toasted bread, then the artists are tasked with tattooing realistic U.S. landmarks.
The artists must show their versatility and tattoo line drawings created by another contestant, but an unexpected twist shakes up an alliance's strategy.
There Can Only Be One
Working solo to test their precision, the artists must create mural designs using only staples, then tattoo portraits of senior citizens.
The artists create one-of-a-kind designs on protective headgear in the Flash Challenge, and composition is key for a daunting elimination tattoo featuring Japanese cranes.
Race to the Finish
Five artists must tattoo a subject and style chosen by their competitors in an elimination challenge, followed by a 13-hour tattooing marathon to send a second artist home.
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.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Too Many Ingredients Can Ruin a Meal
The bottom three tattoos each have legibility issues, so the elimination comes down to which looked least appetizing.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Anatomical Accuracy Is One Artist's Undoing
An artist gets eliminated based on their pinup tattoo's anatomical issues, but the contestant leaves with positive vibes about their time on the show.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Two Artists from the Final Five Go Home
The latest two artists to be eliminated reflect on the challenge of leaving their comfort zones during the competition.
Eliminated Artist Interview: The Competition Was More Intimidating Than Expected
The most recently eliminated artist had a few shining moments, but the weight of the competition kept them from ever demonstrating their full potential.
Eliminated Artist Interview: Two Artists Close Up Shop
Despite delivering dynamic illustrations, the two artists to be eliminated from the competition admit their tattoos lacked precision.
Eliminated Artist Interview: These Artists Have No Regrets
After a brutal, two-artist elimination episode, the artists packing their bags leave with pride about making it into the top five and a healthy respect for their competitors.