The Best Episodes of Ink Master

Enduring the Pain

#1 - Enduring the Pain 7.93

Season 3 - Episode 12

Firing Squad

#2 - Firing Squad 7.85

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.

Eyes of the Beholder

#3 - Eyes of the Beholder 7.84

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.

Ink Master Explosion

#4 - Ink Master Explosion 7.84

Season 4 - Episode 8

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

X-Men's Hugh Jackman

#5 - X-Men's Hugh Jackman 7.81

Season 4 - Episode 5

Week 5: Technical Precision. Superhero power tattoos in the flash challenge.

Picture Imperfect

#6 - Picture Imperfect 7.81

Season 1 - Episode 7

Botched portrait tattoos are exhibited.

Heroes and Heads

#7 - Heroes and Heads 7.81

Season 3 - Episode 11

Military heroes are honored on the deck of the USS Intrepid. Then, the artists ink head tattoos, and Oliver has a meltdown.

Skulls and Villains

#8 - Skulls and Villains 7.79

Season 3 - Episode 9

Tatt Ganged

#9 - Tatt Ganged 7.76

Season 4 - Episode 3

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

Tag Team Tatt

#10 - Tag Team Tatt 7.74

Season 4 - Episode 10

Week 10: Flexibility. With no flash challenge, the artists are paired up and must take turns tattooing one design on a canvas.

Bug Out

#11 - Bug Out 7.73

Season 4 - Episode 2

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

Up in Smoke

#12 - Up in Smoke 7.73

Season 5 - Episode 11

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

Fight to the Finish

#13 - Fight to the Finish 7.73

Season 4 - Episode 12

The Top 4 artists battle for finale spots in two challenges: inking breast-cancer survivors' scars; and covering up some of this season's worst mistakes. Then, a final twist is announced.

Baby Don't Go

#14 - Baby Don't Go 7.73

Season 3 - Episode 8

Fighting Dirty

#15 - Fighting Dirty 7.70

Season 4 - Episode 9

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

Ink Master Live

#16 - Ink Master Live 7.69

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

Virgin Blood

#17 - Virgin Blood 7.69

Season 5 - Episode 9

Jason's anxiety could take him out after virgin canvases get their first tattoos.

Pin up Pittfalls

#18 - Pin up Pittfalls 7.68

Season 5 - Episode 2

Semi-nude models and a game changing twist; Josh is back with a vengeance and rivalries flare.

Karma's a Bitch

#19 - Karma's a Bitch 7.68

Season 4 - Episode 11

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.

Cold Blooded

#20 - Cold Blooded 7.68

Season 5 - Episode 10

Artists use blood for ink in the Flash Challenge, then go head to head against guest judge Tommy Montoya; Emily goes over the edge.

Three's a Crowd

#21 - Three's a Crowd 7.67

Season 5 - Episode 7

Artists must work in teams to take on Oliver's specialty and put one of their own on the chopping block.


#22 - Finale 7.67

Season 1 - Episode 8

Season 1 finale. A winner is named after the human canvasses allow the artists to tattoo whatever they want on their skin.

Head to Headache

#23 - Head to Headache 7.65

Season 5 - Episode 3

Josh ignites rivalries and sparks fly. Two Artists receive an advantage no one in the competition has ever had and their cutthroat strategy.

Elysium Challenge

#24 - Elysium Challenge 7.63

Season 3 - Episode 4

The artists are tasked with assembling tattoo machines from scratch and then using them on the human canvases. Meanwhile, the house turns on Joshua.

Star Wars Forever

#25 - Star Wars Forever 7.62

Season 2 - Episode 7

The remaining artists create "Star Wars" tattoos for super fans of the franchise; and the winner of the Flash Challenge receives a special surprise from George Lucas.