Stencil Free, Stressful Inking – Freehand: Elimination Tattoo | Ink Master: Shop Wars (Season 9)
– How big is that tattoo? – To be fair,
this is smaller than the last
couple tattoos that we’ve done. – Remember how we’ve
been doing these giant tattoos, and they’re not getting done,
and they look unfinished? – Yeah, no, I know. I know.
– I don’t wanna be pressed for time. – Clean, simple,
not trying to move a whole bunch of craziness,
you know what I’m saying? We in this together.
– Yeah. – Other than background,
I wouldn’t go crazy. We don’t need
to overcomplicate it. – Oh-ho-ho. Oh, look who’s
talking about overcomplicating. – I’m just trying
to make it simple. – Me too.– My approach is to do
something simpleand very readable
for Lalo to tattoo.All he has to do
is follow my lines and really make this amazing. – All right, guys, you have six hours to tattoo, and your time… Starts…now. – Let’s go. Let’s do it.– This week the tattooers
are being judged on artistry.Freehanding is something
that I want to know that an Ink Master’s
gonna be able to do,drawing straight on the skin,going directly to your outline
with your machine, no stencils.– [as April] I’ll be done
when the time starts. I promise.
– You shush! – Did you say that?
– He’s killing me right now.– The person who’s drawing
has to quarterback the tattoothroughout because
they see the vision,and they have to translate that
in the person that’s inking it. – Every time you do something
I don’t like, I’m gonna go…
[hissing] For this challenge we decided
it’s best if I just walk away and let Lalo do his thing. Sometimes we don’t work
very goodwhen we’re sitting
over each other’s shoulder.Do us proud, Lalo. – Don’t worry your
pretty little head. I got it. – Please don’t
screw this up for us. – You ready to do this?[rock music]♪ ♪– Can you just tilt it a little?
Perfect. – All right, all right.
– You called this one. – What, is this a cover-up?
– Yes, sir. – When you chose this,
did you know it was a cover-up? – I didn’t know it was
a cover-up, but, you know, we were talking about it first, and then I was like,
“Let’s just cover it,” you know? – Since you’re doing a cover-up, you’re still gonna get judged
on the ability to cover it. – This could
send you to the bottom. – I know I can cover this.
I have nothing to worry about. – Not there,
but on the tip, yes.– I have to work off Derek’s
freehand,but I’m only taking it
as a loose interpretation. I’m gonna do my own thing. There’s probably gonna
be a little bit peeking out, ’cause there is a shadow,
you know what I mean? A little black there. – Not there.
That’s all plum.What are you doing, Thom?I gave you a straightforward, traditional piece to follow,but you’re not following
the game plan,and you’re going
right back to the style we’re getting called out for. This one here is not black.
I wouldn’t– No, that’ll be green.
– Yeah, you’re right. – Hobo drew it on.
I get to tattoo. I’m confident in my tattooing. – You need me
to rework anything, let me know. – You iced the drawing.
That’s all I needed. – Yeah, yeah.
– He gets to watchwhat the pressure
of the competition is likebefore he has to
vaadntvaagnte agfoe r fs atTh iats ia s gra a.– Four hours to go.[dramatic music]– Yeah, but see how it’s,
like, darker gray there and then it fades out?
– Oh, I see what you mean, yeah. – Yeah, so, like,
just fading it out– – It’s a little bit
lighter off that shoulder. – Wow, did you do this?
– Mm-hmm.– Jessy drew the full
rendering of this image.It’s like I’m
working off a stencil.I feel like we’re gonna
bounce back from last week,so I’m ready to get it done. – It looks [bleep] good, man.
You’re killing it. [indistinct] and make
a realism artist out of you yet. I’m like a proud mama right now. – This is a complete turnaround
from last tattoo challenge where everybody
dropped the [bleep] ball. Today everybody’s
kind of holding on to it. – Who has the potential to win? – Maybe Unkindness.
– Nothing hard line. – Just fade it down
a little bit– – Yeah.
– I can do that. – Then you got Boneface. – If he does his
solid application… – I like that tattoo. – It could be
the cleanest one of the room. – I’m a little disappointed
in House of Monkey only because I know Picasso’s
just a [bleep] monster. It’s cool, but he’s
just so much better than that. – Picasso?
– Yeah? – Want to take a look?♪ ♪– He is going crazy.That color palette
makes no sense whatsoever.– Don’t be nervous. It’s
a good day at House of Monkey.– We were supposed
to have a nice amount of blackand a simple color palette.We didn’t need all this blue.Lalo, you had one job!The colors, man.♪ ♪– Final hour remaining,
guys, one final hour. – A little bit of purple.
Purple up in here in these corners?
– Yeah, yeah, yeah. – Just move that blend out. – Oh, E.S, just stop. – Tap it with water,
just wiggle out. Don’t go circular. – I don’t have time to finesse.I’m the one doing the tattoo.I got to move on this now,
and I wanna stick to the technique
that I’m used to.I know it starts
from the drawing.If he had simplified it,I wouldn’t even
be in this situation.[rock music]– Five, four, three, two, one.
That’s it, machines down. time is up, no more ink. – Yay. – What do you think, Marvin?
– You got it. – You into it?
– You got it, yeah. – That looks awesome.
– Like it? – I’m stoked, awesome.
– Yeah, man. – How did it feel for you?
– Feel good. I did a big-ass tattoo,
perfect lines. What didn’t you like? – No, no, it–I would have–
there’s just a couple things I would have
did different, but, you know. – Of course.
– You’re in the driver’s seat. – They start gunning
for you right out the gate. – It was a smart strategy though
because [bleep], I would want to get you out of here before
you develop any rhythm too. – Yeah, true.
– But we on they ass now though.If we can get DJ off that
tattoo machineand get Bubba on it,
they cooked.– [laughs]
– That’s first line of business, get rid of they ass.