The BEST Episodes of Ink Master
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 1, 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.
#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.
#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.
#3 - The Art Stands Alone
Season 12 - Episode 5
It's every man or woman for themselves when the artists are subject to a blind critique.
#4 - 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.
#5 - Pins & No Needles
Season 12 - Episode 8
#6 - 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.
#7 - Prelude to a Bloodbath
Season 11 - Episode 15
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - Shipwrecked
Season 7 - Episode 10
Alliances are tested as the remaining artists must tattoo in teams of three.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - Art of War
Season 12 - Episode 6
The artists must put needle to skin consistently to take out their competitors; the battle of the sexes continues for $100K and the title of Ink Master.
#15 - 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.
#16 - Enduring the Pain
Season 3 - Episode 12
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - Sabotage
Season 12 - Episode 7
The artists must prove their strength by facing off against each other.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#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.
#23 - 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.
#24 - 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.
#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.