The BEST Episodes of Black Ink Crew: Chicago

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2022

Network: VH1

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.

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 I Hope You Make It to America

#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.

star 8.48
33 votes
The Takeover Begins

#2 - The Takeover Begins

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 31, 2018

After Kat's banishment, Ryan has disappeared.

star 8.47
49 votes

#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.

star 8.44
34 votes
I'm the New You

#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.

star 8.35
43 votes
Give Me A Smoothie Gina

#5 - Give Me A Smoothie Gina

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 9, 2019

star 8.24
41 votes
Tattoo Shop Of Horrors

#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.

star 8.19
43 votes
Potato with a Scarf On

#7 - Potato with a Scarf On

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 2019

star 8.16
38 votes
All Phor One

#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.

star 8.15
47 votes
Neek And You Shall Find

#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.

star 8.14
49 votes
9MAG Is Forever

#10 - 9MAG Is Forever

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 2, 2019

star 8.11
44 votes
Welcome to 9Mag...Again!

#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.

star 8.11
45 votes
Que Grande

#12 - Que Grande

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2016

star 8.10
102 votes
Team Bonding!

#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.

star 8.08
25 votes
She’s Here If You Evenita

#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.

star 8.06
36 votes
Lacuna Matata

#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.

star 8.03
39 votes
A New Kat itude

#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.

star 8.00
90 votes
Michael Jackson Is Alive!

#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.

star 8.00
45 votes
The Cover Up is Worse Than the Crime

#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.

star 8.00
31 votes
The Steve Harvey Show

#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.

star 8.00
29 votes
Ready to Reclaim Our Time

#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.

star 8.00
6 votes
What Happened With Us

#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.

star 8.00
7 votes
Did You Make That Comment About Charmaine?

#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.

star 8.00
6 votes
Go Ahead, Becky

#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.

star 7.99
91 votes
9Mag Is Dead

#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.

star 7.97
64 votes
The New Barack and Michelle Obama

#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.

star 7.96
157 votes