The Best Episodes of Ink Master

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2018

Hosted by rock legend Dave Navarro and judged by icons of the tattoo world, Chris Núñez and Oliver Peck, 10 of the country's most creative and skilled tattoo artists descend on NYC to compete for a hundred thousand dollars and the title of INK MASTER. The stakes couldn't be higher with "living canvasses" donating their skin to be permanently marked in this adrenalized competition elimination.

Turning the Tables

#1 - Turning the Tables

Season 7 - Episode 12

The tables are turned when the new artists call the shots in the elimination tattoo and get revenge.

star 8.05
342 votes
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Sink or Soar

#2 - Sink or Soar

Season 7 - Episode 9

The artists work in pairs to execute large-scale back pieces testing texture... and each other’s nerves.

star 8.04
363 votes
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Marathon to the Finale

#3 - Marathon to the Finale

Season 9 - Episode 15

The final four shops compete in a two-part tattoo marathon that will determine who goes to the live finale.

star 7.91
374 votes
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Tipping the Scales

#4 - Tipping the Scales

Season 11 - Episode 9

The coaches face off to save their artists from elimination. Mermaid tattoos take the grudge match to the sea. The battle continues for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master.

star 7.90
78 votes
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Salt in the Wound

#5 - Salt in the Wound

Season 7 - Episode 3

Some of the artists have a tough time working in teams of two for the Flash Challenge; a veteran artist schemes to take back control.

star 7.89
279 votes
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Eyes of the Beholder

#6 - Eyes of the Beholder

Season 3 - Episode 10

The artists take on eyelid tattoos, and Tatu Baby fights back when Joshua goes on the attack. Then, a portrait challenge sees one canvas get inked with an image of Dave.

star 7.87
138 votes
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Revenge Live

#7 - Revenge Live

Season 7 - Episode 13

The final three artists reveal two master canvases; eliminated artists return and confront each other for the first time since the competition; a winner is crowned.

star 7.85
337 votes
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Shipwrecked

#8 - Shipwrecked

Season 7 - Episode 10

Alliances are tested as the remaining artists must tattoo in teams of three.

star 7.84
336 votes
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Bio-Mechanical Failure

#9 - Bio-Mechanical Failure

Season 8 - Episode 14

Stakes are at a competition-high when the artists must work in teams to transform canvases into cyborgs.

star 7.82
449 votes
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Fight to the Finale

#10 - Fight to the Finale

Season 5 - Episode 15

The last four artists battle it out with emotional outbursts, explosive fights, incredible tattoos and total fails.

star 7.80
123 votes
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Enduring the Pain

#11 - Enduring the Pain

Season 3 - Episode 12

star 7.80
122 votes
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No One Is Safe

#12 - No One Is Safe

Season 8 - Episode 15

The battle comes to a head as the top four artists must endure a grueling tattoo marathon.

star 7.79
447 votes
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Sell Out

#13 - Sell Out

Season 9 - Episode 13

The artists put the saying, "the customer is always right," to the test when they must sell themselves to their canvases for the chance to tattoo.

star 7.79
407 votes
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Right on Target

#14 - Right on Target

Season 11 - Episode 3

The teams fall apart and one artist falls down for good as the grudge match continues for $100K and the title of Ink Master.

star 7.79
120 votes
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Firing Squad

#15 - Firing Squad

Season 5 - Episode 14

Artists battle for the top four spots; a top artist designs the tattoo that determines who stays and gets a shot at $100,000.

star 7.78
151 votes
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Opening Shots

#16 - Opening Shots

Season 11 - Episode 1

This season brings back bad blood with teams coached by Christian Buckingham & Cleen Rock One to finally settle the score. The epic battle begins for 100K and the title of Ink Master.

star 7.78
143 votes
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Knuckle Sandwich

#17 - Knuckle Sandwich

Season 7 - Episode 7

Alliances are broken during a white-knuckled flash challenge. A veteran artist returns to prove he's no one-trick-pony by challenging the Artists to the ultimate test of precision.

star 7.76
344 votes
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Head in the Game

#18 - Head in the Game

Season 7 - Episode 11

Stakes are at a competition high when the artists must ink the ultimate in-your-face tattoo.

star 7.75
332 votes
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Predator/Prey

#19 - Predator/Prey

Season 6 - Episode 7

In the most insane challenge yet, the artists must tattoo 4 on 1 to transform canvases into wild animals.

star 7.75
142 votes
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Duck and Cover Up

#20 - Duck and Cover Up

Season 8 - Episode 11

One artist cracks after a difficult Flash Challenge in which the artists try to rework tramp stamps.

star 7.74
445 votes
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Thrills for Grills

#21 - Thrills for Grills

Season 3 - Episode 2

The artists must give realistic tattoos of blood and organs; and a betrayal leads to hostility. NFL running back Chris Johnson is guest judge.

star 7.73
158 votes
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Baby Don't Go

#22 - Baby Don't Go

Season 3 - Episode 8

star 7.73
131 votes
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Ink Master Live

#23 - Ink Master Live

Season 2 - Episode 13

Final Challenge: Complete a 24-hour tattoo in four six-hour sittings.

star 7.73
96 votes
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Not on My Watch

#24 - Not on My Watch

Season 11 - Episode 2

The battle is just beginning as Team Christian and Team Cleen face the fundamental facts of their first Flash Challenge. The Elimination Tattoo is a clock, but time is not on the artists’ side.

star 7.72
127 votes
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Grim Inker

#25 - Grim Inker

Season 9 - Episode 11

With no flash challenge, the artists think they've got it all figured out until a massive twist sends them reeling. Four Horsemen tattoos bring on the end of days for one pair of artists.

star 7.72
438 votes
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