The BEST Episodes of Best Ink

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Network: Oxygen

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.

Brand New Life

#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.

star 8.40
43 votes
Be Ready For Anything

#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.

star 8.02
41 votes
True Love

#3 - True Love

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 29, 2013

The final four tattoo artists work with their family members.

star 7.95
41 votes
The $100,000 Tattoo

#4 - The $100,000 Tattoo

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 26, 2014

The winner is named in the Season 3 finale. Before that, the finalists face a challenge based in Venice Beach, Cal.

star 7.91
11 votes
Bigger and Badder

#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.

star 7.90
42 votes
The King of Ink

#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.

star 7.87
48 votes
Live Out Loud

#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.

star 7.85
40 votes
I've Got a Secret

#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.

star 7.83
41 votes
Sexy Pin-ups

#9 - Sexy Pin-ups

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 5, 2014

When their loved ones visit, the remaining artists put a twist into their sexy pinups.

star 7.80
15 votes
Playing Dirty

#10 - Playing Dirty

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 11, 2013

The artists must cover up bad tattoos with better designs.

star 7.75
12 votes
A Good Laugh

#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.

star 7.74
42 votes
For the Love of Ink

#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.

star 7.74
19 votes
Shock and Awe

#13 - Shock and Awe

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 12, 2014

A shock-art performance tests the ink artists. Also: An explosive conflict rages among the contestants.

star 7.70
10 votes
Full Body of Work

#14 - Full Body of Work

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 5, 2013

star 7.69
13 votes
The Seven Deadly Sins

#15 - The Seven Deadly Sins

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 4, 2013

Season 3 opens with ink challenges based on the seven deadly sins.

star 7.69
16 votes
Something to Hide

#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.

star 7.59
69 votes
Purrfect Ink

#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.

star 7.57
21 votes
Pinup Showdown

#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.

star 7.56
63 votes
Life's a Beach

#19 - Life's a Beach

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 29, 2014

Nautical themed tattoos are sailing in.

star 7.54
13 votes
Fight Club

#20 - Fight Club

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 18, 2013

A "fight club" tests the tattoo artists. Also: The contestants work in pairs. Street artist Justin Bua is the guest judge.

star 7.46
13 votes
Crash and Burn

#21 - Crash and Burn

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 19, 2014

The ink artists participate in a demolition derby. Also: The contestants create 3-D tattoos, leading to a shock-and-awe elimination.

star 7.43
14 votes
I'm Sexy And I Know It

#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.

star 7.42
12 votes
Pain in the Ribs

#23 - Pain in the Ribs

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 1, 2014

The contestants head to Hollywood's Viper Room and take in a surprise performance. Later, painful rib tattoos come into play, jeopardizing one skin artist's future in the competition.

star 7.42
12 votes
Emotional Skin-Pact

#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.

star 7.39
57 votes
Face Off

#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.

star 7.31
52 votes