The BEST Episodes of Ink Master

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2020

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.

Firing Squad

#1 - Firing Squad

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 2, 2014

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 8.08
185 votes
Turning the Tables

#2 - Turning the Tables

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired May 17, 2016

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

star 8.05
348 votes
Sink or Soar

#3 - Sink or Soar

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 26, 2016

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

star 8.02
372 votes
Compose Yourself

#4 - Compose Yourself

Season 13 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 7, 2020

The artists create one-of-a-kind designs on protective headgear in the Flash Challenge, and composition is key for a daunting elimination tattoo featuring Japanese cranes.

star 8.00
83 votes
Fighting Dirty

#5 - Fighting Dirty

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 22, 2014

Week 9: Detail. Contestants must engrave a custom grill for the flash challenge. Then they must tattoo a warrior in the elimination tattoo.

star 8.00
195 votes
Step Up or Shut Up

#6 - Step Up or Shut Up

Season 12 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 17, 2019

The last four artists remaining battle it out in a tattoo marathon to secure their spot in the season finale.

star 7.99
110 votes
Moving Pictures

#7 - Moving Pictures

Season 12 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 3, 2019

The artists are on their own in a test of finesse as the six remaining competitors fight for the cash prize and the title of Ink Master.

star 7.97
117 votes
There Can Only Be One

#8 - There Can Only Be One

Season 13 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 31, 2020

Working solo to test their precision, the artists must create mural designs using only staples, then tattoo portraits of senior citizens.

star 7.94
85 votes
Marathon to the Finale

#9 - Marathon to the Finale

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 19, 2017

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

star 7.91
382 votes
Ink Master Explosion

#10 - Ink Master Explosion

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 15, 2014

Week 8: Negative Space. Artists use gunpowder to make art in The Flash Challenge; gory tattoos of demons.

star 7.91
205 votes
Grudge Match Finale

#11 - Grudge Match Finale

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 18, 2018

Christian Buckingham and Cleen Rock One return to settle the grudge match once and for all. The battle concludes as the top three artists reveal their 35-hour master canvas tattoos and one artist wins the title of Ink Master.

star 7.90
127 votes
Battle of the Sexes Finale

#12 - Battle of the Sexes Finale

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 24, 2019

Seven veteran artists battle it out in the "Clash of the Coaches Face Off." The battle of the sexes comes to an end as the three finalists reveal their 35-hour Master Canvas tattoos and one artist wins the title of Ink Master.

star 7.90
105 votes
Bug Out

#13 - Bug Out

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 4, 2014

Week 2: Dimension. Poisonous scorpions, tarantulas and eyeballs are tattooed; one artist snaps and is determined to leave.

star 7.89
182 votes
Tatt Ganged

#14 - Tatt Ganged

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 11, 2014

Week 3: Consistency. Bikini-clad twins get inked by the remaining 10 artists at once; an injury sends one artist to the emergency room.

star 7.88
199 votes
Head Spin

#15 - Head Spin

Season 13 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 18, 2020

The teams must prove their adaptability while they each work on multiple tattoos and canvasses at the same time, and the Face Off Tattoo comes with a surprise.

star 7.86
87 votes
Enduring the Pain

#16 - Enduring the Pain

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 1, 2013

star 7.86
180 votes
Karma's a Bitch

#17 - Karma's a Bitch

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 6, 2014

Week 11: Proportion. Contestants must accurately sketch the Statue of Liberty from a yacht, and then tattoo it using only their sketch. In the elimination challenge, they must tattoo a traditional Japanese-style snake, but with a difficult twist.

star 7.85
195 votes
Salt in the Wound

#18 - Salt in the Wound

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 15, 2016

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 7.85
287 votes
Revenge Live

#19 - Revenge Live

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired May 24, 2016

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 7.84
345 votes
Shipwrecked

#20 - Shipwrecked

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired May 3, 2016

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

star 7.84
344 votes
Up in Smoke

#21 - Up in Smoke

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 11, 2014

Josh causes a controversy that could get him kicked out of the competition for good. The Artists tattoo amputees where their limbs once were.

star 7.84
191 votes
Last Draw

#22 - Last Draw

Season 13 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

The artists must show their versatility and tattoo line drawings created by another contestant, but an unexpected twist shakes up an alliance's strategy.

star 7.83
78 votes
Unfriendly Fire

#23 - Unfriendly Fire

Season 12 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 10, 2019

It's a battle of the sexes as the men's team takes aim at the women during an illustrative portrait challenge.

star 7.83
103 votes
Buck Off

#24 - Buck Off

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 27, 2012

The artists burn designs onto chaps and attempt to wow Núñez by using his style.

star 7.83
160 votes
Prelude to a Bloodbath

#25 - Prelude to a Bloodbath

Season 11 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 11, 2018

star 7.82
137 votes