The BEST Episodes of Best Ink
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021
Best Ink follows a group of 10 tattoo artists from various cities in the United States. The winner of the competition wins a $100,000 cash prize and a cover article of a well-known tattoo-related magazine.
#1 - Brand New Life
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 15, 2013
The contestants use innovative animation technology to bring their artwork to life. Appearing: tattoo artist Miya Bailey.
#2 - Be Ready For Anything
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 22, 2013
The ink artists must create photo-realistic tattoos. Also: a "fast-and-furious" challenge. Appearing: artist Jason Seiler.
#3 - True Love
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 29, 2013
The final four tattoo artists work with their family members.
#4 - The $100,000 Tattoo
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 26, 2014
The 3 remaining artists are caught off-guard by a frantic flash challenge in Venice Beach. The final 2 artists battle for a life changing grand prize.
#5 - Bigger and Badder
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 3, 2013
Season 2 of the skin-art competition series kicks off with 12 top tattoo artists beginning their battle for $100,000 and a cover story in a magazine. Pete Wentz is the new host.
#6 - The King of Ink
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 8, 2012
The stakes are raised when the final four contestants are asked to create tribute tattoos to Michael Jackson, judged by his brother, Jermaine Jackson.
#7 - Live Out Loud
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2013
The contestants create abstract skin art for music aficionados. They also design guitars.
#8 - I've Got a Secret
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 10, 2013
The contestants must create a tattoo using a controversial medium. Appearing: music artist Ray J.
#9 - Sexy Pin-ups
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 5, 2014
The six remaining artists are surprised with an emotional visit from their significant others before creating sexy pin-up tattoos with a twist.
#10 - Playing Dirty
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 11, 2013
Enemies are created when one artist uses her advantage at the expense of another. The artists are challenged with covering-up comically bad tattoos with new designs.
#11 - A Good Laugh
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 1, 2013
The contestants must create a humorous tattoo. Justin Bua is the guest judge.
#12 - For the Love of Ink
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 15, 2012
The final three contestants tattoo three returning clients with three different symbols of love. Margaret Cho helps decide who has the Best Ink and wins the $100,000 prize.
#13 - Shock and Awe
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 12, 2014
The artists are caught off guard by an unreal shock-art performance. A heated conflict erupts between the remaining competitors.
#14 - Full Body of Work
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2013
The three remaining artists tattoo familiar skins as old customers return to the chair. After a surprise elimination, the final two artists ink masterpieces on celebrity guests Travie McCoy and AJ McLean, but only one artist will be crowned Best Ink.
#15 - The Seven Deadly Sins
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 4, 2013
Host Pete Wentz guides 14 of America's best tattoo artists through artistic ink challenges based upon the seven deadly sins. Face-Off's Glenn Hetrick is guest judge.
#16 - Something to Hide
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 27, 2012
Ten tattoo artists square off in skin-art battles in the premiere of this reality-competition series. Prizes include $100,000 and a magazine cover story.
#17 - Purrfect Ink
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 2, 2012
The artists try to satisfy their clients’ animal love with pet-themed tattoos, but one eccentric lady’s demands seem almost impossible to achieve. Kim Saigh guest judges.
#18 - Pinup Showdown
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 3, 2012
Using live models as inspiration, the artists create classic pin-up girl tattoos, but tensions rise as the contenders are forced to swap designs. Hannah Aitchison guest judges.
#19 - Life's a Beach
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 29, 2014
The artists create amazing nautical themed tattoos. Surf legend Laird Hamilton makes an appearance.
#20 - Fight Club
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 18, 2013
After the artists face-off in the Best Ink fight club, an unexpected twist throws the competition into chaos. The artists work in pairs, in a way they've never experienced. Street Artist Justin Bua guest judges the dynamic flash challenge.
#21 - Crash and Burn
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 19, 2014
The artists get reckless in an adrenaline fueled demolition derby. After creating amazing 3-D tattoos, a top artist is sent home in a shocking elimination.
#22 - I'm Sexy And I Know It
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 8, 2013
The contestants try to soar when creating tattoos while in airplanes. Judge Joe Capobianco's famed style of tattoo art is also featured.
#23 - Pain in the Ribs
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 1, 2014
The artists head to The Viper Room to meet Pete Wentz and witness a surprise performance. They are then challenged to do painful rib tattoos, but one competitor's future in the competition is put in jeopardy when her skin can't handle the pain.
#24 - Emotional Skin-Pact
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 10, 2012
The artists are asked to create a tattoo that commemorates a life-changing event in their client’s life. Singer Aaron Carter guest judges.
#25 - Face Off
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 25, 2012
The contestants must ink portraits of their client's loved ones, causing one of the artists to break down about the permanent effect of their work. Franco Vescovi guest judges.