Last week, Jesse was sent home because of the worst portrait tattoo ever. He tried his best to throw Sebastian under the bus and save himself but it wasn’t enough. Tatu Baby is pretty shocked that Jesse didn’t return to the loft and Sebastian explains that Jesse threw him under the bus. Steve brings up a good point that it’s $100,000 and that Jesse had to do something as they were both neck to neck. Sebastian brings up a good point that he wouldn’t fight off of someone else but is shut down by Steve who says he’d show respect but he wouldn’t not fight for the money.
The last challenge is an Elimination Challenge where Steve gives us his math skills and explains that it’s a 25% chance to win with 4 people left and dropping the ball is bad. Thanks Captain Obvious. All the skills up to this point will be judged and the canvas’ this week are all athletes including NFL players Charlie Johnson, Scott Millkop, Marcus Stroud and Bellator Fighter King Mo. Of course, Sebastian wants to tat on King Mo and freaks out…how come Sebastian wasn’t freaked out to live alongside Mark Matthews? I thought Mark was a big time MMA dude? The twist in the Elimination Challenge is that the canvas will select their artist based on interviewing all of them. Sebastian tries his hardest to get King Mo on his side even though he is the darkest person to tattoo on. Sarah tried to get Charlie to change his mind because Chris will rip apart anyone who does a dragon. Steve doesn’t want to tattoo on dark skin either and does his best to dissuade some of the clients. Tatu wants to prove that she can do whatever walks into her shop so she wants to tackle the dragon tattoo even though she hasn’t done many.
King Mo doesn’t want to pick last and the canvas’ chose the selection order by randomly picking skulls with numbers underneath them. King Mo says he doesn’t want to end up with a scrub (Steve) so when he ends up with the number 1 skull he jumps for joy. Mo picks Sebastian, Scott picks Sarah, Charlie gets Tatu Baby and Marcus ends up with Steve. Steve complains about being the fat kid picked last but I’m pretty sure he just forgot what that was like since the last time he was in school was during the Civil War. Charlie wanted to pick Sarah but selected Tatu because he liked her enthusiasm. I bet if Charlie had seen everything we have of Sarah he would be thanking his stars for Tatu Baby.
Tattoos begin and Oliver explains he wants to see all the fundamentals and that the stakes are higher than ever. King Mo explains, with the greatest of timing, how he doesn’t like tattoo pain while Sebastian tries to rationalize that he has been in greater pain in his life. However, his muscle thigh is so dense and tight so the needle feels like he is being cut instead of tattooed on. Scott yells to King Mo to take the pain while Tatu is worried because upon inspection of the judges, they say absolutely nothing. Sarah doesn’t understand why Tatu didn’t talk her client into something else like she was able to…um because you should be able to do anything that walks into your shop Sarah…I really don’t understand why these people think it’s okay to manipulate their clients into what they want to do. Sarah, Steve and Tatu are sitting on the couches discussing why Sebastian is still there. Steve leads the pack stating that Sebastian is a good artist but hasn’t won a single challenge and Sarah follows with he hasn’t wowed them yet. Tatu says he can copy better than he can create and Steve calls him an imitator. I really can’t get over Steve’s wardrobe…does he not have a mirror? Those shirts shouldn’t be worn by anyone. Ever.