The Best Episodes of Ink Master

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2019

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
346 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 8.02
367 votes
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Grudge Match Finale

#3 - Grudge Match Finale

Season 11 - Episode 16

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 7.95
105 votes
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Marathon to the Finale

#4 - 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
377 votes
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Eyes of the Beholder

#5 - 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 7.86
139 votes
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Prelude to a Bloodbath

#6 - Prelude to a Bloodbath

Season 11 - Episode 15

star 7.86
111 votes
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Salt in the Wound

#7 - 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 7.85
284 votes
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Revenge Live

#8 - 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 7.84
342 votes
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Shipwrecked

#9 - Shipwrecked

Season 7 - Episode 10

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

star 7.84
340 votes
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Who's Got the Power?

#10 - Who's Got the Power?

Season 11 - Episode 13

With only six artists remaining, the power to control the game is everything. The battle for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master is more intense than ever before when the artists must collaborate to create powerful tattoos.

star 7.83
109 votes
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What Are You Crayon About?

#11 - What Are You Crayon About?

Season 11 - Episode 14

There's nowhere to hide when the artists are tested in precision portraiture. One artist misses the mark and is sent packing. The battle continues for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master.

star 7.83
112 votes
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Bio-Mechanical Failure

#12 - 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 7.80
453 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 7.80
410 votes
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Enduring the Pain

#14 - Enduring the Pain

Season 3 - Episode 12

star 7.80
123 votes
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Fight to the Finale

#15 - 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 7.78
125 votes
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No One Is Safe

#16 - 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 7.78
453 votes
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Firing Squad

#17 - 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 7.76
153 votes
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Duck and Cover Up

#18 - 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
449 votes
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Knuckle Sandwich

#19 - 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 7.74
349 votes
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Grim Inker

#20 - 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 7.74
442 votes
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Head in the Game

#21 - 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 7.73
334 votes
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The Bigger They Are

#22 - The Bigger They Are

Season 2 - Episode 12

Skill of the Week: All skills previously tested. Flash Challenge: None Elimination Challenge: Tattoo a design for a professional athlete.

star 7.73
88 votes
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Predator/Prey

#23 - 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 7.72
144 votes
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That's Gonna Leave a Mark

#24 - That's Gonna Leave a Mark

Season 11 - Episode 5

There's no place to hide in the Elimination Tattoo when the artists must tattoo their canvases in difficult spots.

star 7.72
150 votes
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Not on My Watch

#25 - 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 7.71
147 votes
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