Ink Master

The WORST episodes of Ink Master

Every episode of Ink Master ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Ink Master!

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.

Last Updated: 7/31/2022Network: Paramount+
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Road to the Finale
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6.60
338 votes

#1 - Road to the Finale

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/8/2016

Dave digs deeper into the lives and strategies of the final 6 artists from Team Peck and Team Nuñez.

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Like a Moth to the Flame
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7.26
154 votes

#2 - Like a Moth to the Flame

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/25/2015

Artists paint with fire in the Flash Challenge; mounting pressure causes major mishaps; a romance between artists tests loyalties.

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Tut for Tat
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7.30
168 votes

#3 - Tut for Tat

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/14/2015

Teams adorn sarcophagi while an artist’s vicious skull picks for Egyptian tattoos angers the rest.

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Sparks Fly
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7.32
444 votes

#4 - Sparks Fly

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/20/2016

Team Nuñez fries in an electrifying Flash Challenge testing legibility. A gendered alliance has the girls out for blood. The battle intensifies for 100K and the title of Ink Master.

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Problem Parts
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7.32
168 votes

#5 - Problem Parts

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/28/2015

Naked models are used to create illusions; one artist gets a shot at revenge; and tattoos on challenging body parts cause panic amongst the competition.

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Ink On the Dotted Line
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7.34
218 votes

#6 - Ink On the Dotted Line

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/6/2018

Precision skills are put to the test when the artists must create masterpieces with hole punches. One of the coaches may put his own skin on the line.

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Firing Lines
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7.35
162 votes

#7 - Firing Lines

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/4/2015

Heads roll when artists must take on a legend in the elimination challenge.

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Baby Got Back
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7.36
273 votes

#8 - Baby Got Back

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/16/2013

The Season 3 opener finds the 16 competing tattoo artists in a prison, tasked with inking inmates. Among this season's competitors is Katherine "Tatu Baby" Flores, a Season 2 artist who was eliminated but voted back by viewers.

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Master vs. Apprentice Live
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7.38
157 votes

#9 - Master vs. Apprentice Live

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 10/13/2015

The three final artists tattoo live for $100,000; eliminated artists confront each other; a huge announcement.

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Inking with the Enemy
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7.38
209 votes

#10 - Inking with the Enemy

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/2/2014

The nation's top tattoo artists compete for a grand prize.

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Crossing the Line
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7.38
518 votes

#11 - Crossing the Line

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/13/2017

A massive twist shakes up the competition and a painstaking Flash Challenge puts relationships to the test.

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The Epic Finale
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7.39
201 votes

#12 - The Epic Finale

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/8/2013

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Animal Instinct
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7.41
211 votes

#13 - Animal Instinct

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/20/2013

A wild Flash Challenge features hot models and jungle animals. Then, the judges are sent reeling by the artists' Asian-style tattoos; and Jime gives Joshua a taste of his own medicine.

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Better Than Words?
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7.42
175 votes

#14 - Better Than Words?

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/11/2012

Skill of the Week: Precision Flash Challenge: Tattoo a mini-tattoo of the Jägermeister logo. Elimination Challenge: Tattoo a portrait design.

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Ink My Oosik
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7.42
226 votes

#15 - Ink My Oosik

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/21/2014

The artists must scrimshaw walrus penises and face their pickiest canvases to date; one artist loses their cool and another is eliminated.

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No Wrist, No Reward
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7.44
174 votes

#16 - No Wrist, No Reward

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/18/2018

Cleen and Christian must tattoo head to head to save their artists from elimination. The battle continues for $100,000 and the title of Ink Master.

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A Storm Is Brewin'
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7.44
140 votes

#17 - A Storm Is Brewin'

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/18/2019

Team leaders emerge in a shocking new season-long twist that sends the Artists a wake-up call and shakes up the Competition. The Battle of the Sexes continues for $100K and the title of Ink Master.

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Fire & Ice
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7.45
540 votes

#18 - Fire & Ice

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/6/2017

In the season premiere, tattooing is a team sport as artists from nine of America’s best shops arrive ready to battle it out for a massive $200K and the first ever title of Master Shop.

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Composed and Exposed
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7.45
155 votes

#19 - Composed and Exposed

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/18/2015

Artists create mind-blowing masterpieces and experience some mind-boggling mistakes using an insane new tattoo style.

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Tattoo Her What?
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7.46
222 votes

#20 - Tattoo Her What?

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/23/2012

A face-off leaves Sarah in tears and the artists are pushed to their limits when one canvas demands a tattoo on her private parts and another has a meltdown, which causes a fight in the loft. The NBA's Matt Barnes guest judges.

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Baby Beat-Down
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7.47
191 votes

#21 - Baby Beat-Down

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/13/2013

The artists cover up scars before creating Day of the Dead tattoos, a Tatu Baby specialty.

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The 80 Year Old Virgin
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7.47
184 votes

#22 - The 80 Year Old Virgin

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/16/2012

A botched American flag and a backwards eagle tattoo cause veterans' patriotic tempers to flare and a third artist loses their shot at USD100,000 dollars and the title of Ink Master.

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Sink or Swim
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7.47
182 votes

#23 - Sink or Swim

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/7/2015

It’s sink or swim when the artists team up to ink underwater ocean scenes on the back of canvas’ hands. Then, an outrageous head-to-head style sparks an explosive elimination.

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Hell on Wheels
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7.48
163 votes

#24 - Hell on Wheels

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/1/2015

Artists have to paint their most valuable canvas yet; an artist's tricks raise suspicions; drawing skills are put to the test and judges lay the smack down.

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Meet Your Maker
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7.49
169 votes

#25 - Meet Your Maker

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/23/2015

Apprentice artists battle their masters in Season 6, which opens with a challenge judged blindly.

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