Last episode the Flash Challenge had the artists painting on prosthetics with Shane taking the lead. In the Elimination Challenge the artists were tasked with creating American Traditional tattoos but no one actually created one…except Josh who won the challenge. Everyone had finally had enough of Bitch Bili’s overcompensation and his lack of American Traditional styling got him a ticket home to Vegas. Bili, I won’t miss you but good luck little guy! It’s okay to be super short, you don’t need to be a dickhead on top of it!
The artists are back in the loft when Shane says sarcastically that it’s a surprise that Josh is walking back in the winner. Lea is still shocked she was able to stay because Bili is a great artist (which he is, I give him that much respect) while Josh says it’s good that he’s gone because he was so good. Josh says that Bili’s tattoo was amazing but it didn’t fit the criteria and he had to go. Lea says she has learned her lesson and won’t let the next canvas run the show because she doesn’t want to go home. Josh and Shane both agree and reiterate that the canvas’ signed up for free tattoos and they should be happy about that. Shane then adds that they shouldn’t screw with someone’s chances of winning and try to dictate how the tattoo should go.
Right before his head bursts into flames…
The Flash Challenge is held in a church and Josh says it’s an appropriate setting because he is praying this challenge goes well. Shane, being the second coming of the AntiAl, reveals that he feels lightheaded and always bugs out in a church for no reason. The reason is probably because he’s evil incarnate because I watch a lot of movies and every time someone feels weird in a church it’s because they are some sort of demon. The guest judge for this episode is an NBA player for the Denver Nuggets named Chris “Birdman” Andersen who is known for blocking shots and hyping up the crowd as well as his colorful tattoos. Birdman should be called The Tall Man because he’s towering over the other judges and I’m pretty sure he has a good 2-3 feet over Oliver. The Flash Challenge features the artists sketching a pair of praying hands which is a very iconic symbol in the art world and deals with proportion. Dave explains that proportion is a huge deal and an example of one that sucks was Josh’s photo realism tattoo. HAHAH Dave called out Josh for his over-sized blueberries and strawberries and all Josh could say was to let it go because it was a good tattoo.
Sketch Praying Hands
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The artists all finish their sketches and Josh says he is glad he doesn’t have to tattoo it on someone…but he speaks too soon. Dave announces to the artists that they will have to tattoo their sketch onto a human canvas back at the shops. Lea is worried because she wasn’t able to get any shading in while some of the others are more confident because they have completed sketches.
The judges all agree that Tommy is the winner so he gets his choice of canvas for the next Elimination Challenge. Speaking of the Elimination Challenge, this week it has to do with things that Dave loves large boobs and a thin waist…Pin Up Girls! We learn they originated with the military back in war times because when the men were off at war, they wanted to see some hot women. Pin up girls are intentionally unproportioned to exaggerate their figures. The artist have 5 hours to create a piece from head to toe. Tommy selects Bill who wants a brunette with a burlesque feel to her because he believes its the most dramatic. Lea has Santo who wants a firefighting pin up, James gets Becky who wants a 1940’s style one with a peach or a pecan pie, Josh gets David who wants his ex-girlfriend (more on this in a bit) and Shane gets a gal who wants a pin up of herself.
The artists start their consultations and we learn that Josh’s guy wants a pin up of his ex whom he dated for 6 months about 2 and a half years ago. He is looking for a hybrid mermaid/cowgirl version with stocks of corn and seaweed in the background. I have to congratulate Josh for not completely laughing in his face at not only not being able to let go of the past but because of the ridiculous details he is asking for. Josh takes the opportunity to do his version of a pin up which means he’s making a f**king Bratz doll but calling it “new school”. Lea’s client is adamant about having the piece on his leg because he likes to show off his work although she disagrees because his leg is not flat and too muscular. She interviews that if he came to her outside of the competition for the same piece, she would turn him away because his leg would not make a good tattooing spot.
Ladies, I do my own laundry!
Back at home, Tommy asks Shane what he plans on doing when he gets home and if he does his own laundry. Shane says he does and the competition is a piece of cake. Tommy interviews that he is going to give Shane a run for his money and Shane interviews that he doesn’t know what Tommy has hiding up his sleeve since he’s been a bit of a dark horse.
Tattoo time has begun and Shane realizes that the most important part of the pin up is the face and that is what he starts on first to ensure he has enough time to get all the important details. Lea’s client won’t budge and on the verge of leaving, she agrees to the leg and hopes it turns out well. James lets us know that the contest is mentally draining and they are working on limited sleep. Shane takes a peek at Josh’s piece and thinks he might get ripped apart while Josh realizes it’s a little crazy but he wants to take the chance to show what he does best. After walking around, Chris says that pin ups are supposed to be seductive but all he is seeing is a bunch of ugly women.
Pin Up Girls
Dave asks Tommy what happened and Tommy replies that he asked the question as if something negative had happened. The judges believe the face of the pin up looks like it had been in a prize fight and Oliver comments that she has wonky eyes and smeared lips kind of like his ex-wife Kat Von D. Chris asks if Tommy is okay because he has been so solid and Tommy says no, he’s sweating…and he is in fact sweating profusely.
As Lea is called up for her critique, AlDuece makes an appearance and yells out that she is going home. Dave calls the piece a disaster and Chris points out that the elbow looks weird. Oliver says that her hand looks like it came out of a garbage disposal and then apologizes for coming off like a complete asshole. Lea defends herself saying that it’s a good base and if she could go back in and add details, it would look even better. Chris says there is no going back because it’s a competition and that all the tattoos are starting to look like they were back in week one. He ends with saying she didn’t go into the day wanting to win.
Shane’s piece is praised as being extraordinary and the expression blows Birdman away. Oliver says the details are excellent and the teeth are hard to pull off but he did it well. The judges start fighting to make comments with someone yelling to shut up and give him a chance to speak. Tommy, meanwhile, is still sweating buckets…I think he just hit menopause.
James’s piece goes down in flames as Oliver points out that the girl has two right feet with two big toes pointing into the grass. Then he states that the mouth looks scary to him. I have to point out that the piece was done on a girl and the pin up is stroking the peach a little too sexily…lezbehonest this piece is a complete disaster. You know I love me some James but damn.
Josh’s huge piece is impressive and Birdman loves the colors of course. Oliver says that a piece like Josh’s throws out the proportions but that in the style, the proportions used work. Chris says he can only judge on what the artists do and he would have liked if Josh did a piece similar to the rest of the group so he could compare it better.
Oliver is totally sitting on phone books.
Wasting no time, the judges tell Shane and Josh that they are safe and award the win to Shane. Tommy, Lea and James will be the ones coming back to see who will be going home. Back at home while waiting on the judges to deliberate, Josh remarks that the judging was brutal while Shane laughs at everyone. Josh says as a competitor he wants James or Tommy to go home because they are stronger competitors. James is stressed and embarrassed about the two right feet. Shane rubs it in and points out several times that at least the others didn’t put two right feet on their tattoos and laughs at James…dick. Oliver comes in and asks how everyone is doing. James says he is feeling like a dumb ass and Tommy reveals that he is already sweating. Oliver replies back to Tommy by saying AGAIN? HAHAHA I love our little beaver.
Mistakes happen all the time and these tattoos are perfect examples of that but it sucks that it had to happen to the artists on the same day, in the same national challenge and for a $100,000 grand prize. Chris doesn’t want the artists to feel as though they are personally being picked apart. Oliver reveals that he is asked during interviews if he ever makes mistakes and when he reveals that he does all the time, the interviewers are always surprised because they believe tattoo artists don’t make mistakes. Obviously they have never seen some of my friend’s tattoos because mistakes definitely happen all the time.
Lea is called out for being erratic with her work while Tommy and James have remained consistent. She is the one leaving and Oliver tells Tommy and James that there is no more room for mistakes now that there are only 4 of them left. Lea interviews that she is an Ink Master but this was an extreme challenge. Lea says she usually controls her own cards in life but wasn’t able to do that in the competition. I happen to like Lea’s personality so I’m sad to see her go, her accent was pretty awesome to listen to and she wasn’t an annoying female like Heather.
Pepe Le Pew sprayed her in the face.
Do you guys agree with the judges this week or did someone else need to go home? Is Shane the second coming of the AntiAl?
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