The BEST Episodes of Black Ink Crew: Chicago
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 7, 2022
In the streets of Chicago, success is the only way out. Black Ink Crew: Chicago follows a passionate and ambitious group of friends — tattoo artists at 9Mag — through the unforgiving streets of Chicago as they band together to create new identities for themselves, their families, and their business.
#1 - I Hope You Make It to America
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 27, 2019
Ryan gets an ominous call for a meeting from the building management to discuss the future of 9MAG; Lily uses her break from the shop to focus on her art; Charmaine decides to organize a protest.
#2 - The Takeover Begins
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 31, 2018
After Kat's banishment, Ryan has disappeared.
#3 - Phor
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 6, 2019
After Jenn and Van’s Las Vegas chapel disaster, Charmaine tries to get the trip back on track with one last Vegas 9MAG pool party; Jenn and Van hash it out; Lily finally confronts Junior and Adriana; Phor spirals into a dark place.
#4 - I'm the New You
Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 12, 2018
After quitting Loyal Ink, Lily decides to make other moves; Cobra takes on a new hobby of becoming a luchador; after Phor hits a breaking point in LA, he looks to Ryan for some ink therapy; Charmaine and Ryan come face to face.
#5 - Give Me A Smoothie Gina
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 9, 2019
#6 - Tattoo Shop Of Horrors
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 16, 2019
Don has taken over as manager and tensions are building between him and Brittany; Ryan invites an artist from California to come tattoo at the shop; Van hires an apprentice that rubs everyone the wrong way.
#7 - Potato with a Scarf On
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 2019
#8 - All Phor One
Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 8, 2018
Phor arrives in Jamaica with the 9MAG crew for a performance of a lifetime; Loyal Ink's plan to surprise him fails when they bring too much of their Chicago baggage with them.
#9 - Neek And You Shall Find
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 29, 2018
Neek’s mom goes off on Charmaine upon meeting her for the first time due to her inappropriate attire, and blood starts to boil as Junior’s new girlfriend stirs up fresh drama at Loyal Ink. Meanwhile with construction behind schedule, Ryan hires a powerhouse manager to get 9MAG back in business.
#10 - 9MAG Is Forever
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 2019
#11 - Welcome to 9Mag...Again!
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 19, 2018
Ryan makes a shocking move that will have serious consequences for 9Mag and Loyal Ink; Phor struggles to keep both his music career and relationship afloat; a furious Don makes an announcement that will change the direction of Loyal Ink forever.
#12 - Que Grande
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2016
#13 - Team Bonding!
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 18, 2019
The new 9MAG and the old 9MAG head to Miami for team-building, Charmaine struggles to find happiness, and Ryan reveals his feelings about the old team.
#14 - She’s Here If You Evenita
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 30, 2019
Junior arrives in Las Vegas to take the guys out for a spin on the Strip, and Shine contemplates giving up his guest artist spot at 9MAG. Things get awkward for everyone when Van and Jenn decide to head to the altar.
#15 - Lacuna Matata
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 6, 2019
Don's rising acting career takes him away from Chicago, Neek helps Charmaine expand her brand, and the reveal of Ryan's new shop comes with a major bombshell.
#16 - A New Kat itude
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2016
Van returns to work at 9 Mag but is angered that the shop has changed. Charmaine is forced to face the consequences of quitting her corporate job and following her dreams. Ashley confronts Don about fathering another child with another woman. Tempers flare when Ryan introduces yet another new tattoo artist in the shop.
#17 - Michael Jackson Is Alive!
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 23, 2019
Charmaine takes the 9MAG crew to Vegas for a tattoo convention in an attempt to prove her worth to Ryan. When Van's apprentice shows up, everyone speculates on where she's going to be sleeping at night.
#18 - The Cover Up is Worse Than the Crime
Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 2, 2019
Van defends himself and his artwork against a few unhappy clients causing legal trouble for Ryan; while Don and Ashley view houses at the top of their non-existent budget, a familiar face returns for a second chance at life.
#19 - The Steve Harvey Show
Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 16, 2019
Van fires Lily after she tarnishes the 9MAG brand at the tattoo convention; Neek gives Charmaine an ultimatum; Ryan and Phor fly to Los Angeles.
#20 - Ready to Reclaim Our Time
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 4, 2021
Ryan deals with fallout from his actions, Charmaine juggles work while keeping her family first, Don faces a health scare, and Phor questions his future as he gets ready for fatherhood.
#21 - What Happened With Us
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2021
Nina finally decides to pack up her things and move out; Phor asks the 9MAG guys for advice and seeks solace in his music; Don has a rude awakening when it comes time for opening day of his gym; Char brings new talent to the shop.
#22 - Did You Make That Comment About Charmaine?
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 29, 2021
Ryan organizes a retreat for the 9MAG and 2nd City Ink crews to improve team relationships, but Charmaine continues to butt heads with Prince and Draya.
#23 - Go Ahead, Becky
Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 6, 2017
Ryan invites the crew to yet another a lake house to make amends, but things go left when Kat shows up and demands to be rehired at 9Mag.
#24 - 9Mag Is Dead
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 6, 2018
Ryan questions his decision to leave 9Mag while Van tries to save the shop. Ashley comes face to face with Don's side piece and Lily has to contend with her past. Danielle returns to Chicago with news. Phor gets the opportunity of a lifetime.
#25 - The New Barack and Michelle Obama
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 19, 2017
Ryan battles his staff over their growing disrespect; Don and Ashley's marital bliss becomes threatened; Kat leaves Chicago; Van starts a brawl; Ashley starts trouble with Charmaine.