Tattoos begin and Jesse’s client apologizes for her stank feet which is weird. Sarah does the doll her client wants anyway even if it will cost her the competition because she relates to falling down from the harsh critiques and picking herself back up much like the doll. Sebastian’s client is the cupcake fighter and Sebastian gets more than he bargained for. His client moves around a lot and is fidgety which makes Sebastian worry about completing the piece on time and getting good lines. Clint’s client is very firm on what he wants and even threatens to walk out if he doesn’t like the direction that the tattoo is going in. I’m pretty sure you won’t walk out in the middle of a piece but I get his frustrations. Jamie gets quizzed by Mike on what the significance of the koi fish is (strength, it swims upstream or some bullshit and I only know this because I have no less than 8 friends with koi fish tats) and he interviews that he didn’t know that he would be tested. This is probably one of the only guest judges that has actually taken an interest in the pieces being done which is refreshing.
Chris walks in on Sebastian and interviews that the background is so dark it ends up looking like an unpolished turd. The fighter tells him that if he talks shit he’s going to come after him and Chris, like the badass he is, tells him that he doesn’t give a shit. Sexy. Jesse doesn’t do Japanese pieces, surprise, but he put his personality aside to not do his style because he doesn’t want the judges to think he is being disrespectful to them. Chris tells us that it’s Jesse’s technique and application which kept him in the competition even though he is kind of a one style guy. Oliver walks by and tells Steve his koi dragon looks like a sea horse since most of it is more dragon than fish which isn’t traditional. Jamie decides to throw in some last minute lotus flowers which he knows is a bad idea but has already committed to doing them. He remarks that Clint’s piece will at least save him because it looks like Clint beat the head of his dragon and then shot it. Clint’s client is pissed and says that it’s too dark and the fire elements look like red blocks. Sebastian’s client does a little filler spot where he says that Sebastian wasn’t thrilled to do a Japanese piece and told his client that much. He goes on to explain how unprofessional it was and that you can’t do that to customers. Um, he also said out loud that he turns his machine up on difficult clients to inflict pain so yeah.
Back at the loft, Kat says her tattoo was too easy but that the client wouldn’t let her add any other elements to really make it stand out. Steve tells her not to bring up the client to the judges because they don’t care and will see it as an excuse. Kat says it isn’t an excuse and you can’t force a client to get something they don’t want. Sarah tells her that she has to admit when she’s wrong so she can improve…shut up Sarah that’s not even what this argument was about.