Season 1

Episode Guide

Fresh Meat

S1 E1
Jan 17, 2012
With a chance to win $100,000 and the title of Ink Master, 10 of the world's best tattoo artists put their skills to the test.

Botched Head Tattoo

S1 E2
Jan 24, 2012
Heather challenges the judges' critiques, a head tattoo becomes a medical emergency, and Ton Jones joins the panel as a guest judge.

Pasties and A Cameltoe

S1 E3
Jan 31, 2012
The artists test their shading skills on naked female canvases during the Flash Challenge, Al rubs the other artists the wrong way, and one more artist is sent home.

Ink Disaster Piece

S1 E4
Feb 7, 2012
The artists test their technical precision skills, a photo realism tattoo turns disastrous for one artist, and Inked Magazine's Todd Weinberger serves as a guest judge.

Game On

S1 E5
Feb 14, 2012
The artists test their color skills designing pieces for canvases with prosthetic limbs, and acclaimed tattoo artist Scott Campbell joins the panel as a guest judge.

Permanent Mistakes

S1 E6
Feb 21, 2012
A surprise Flash Challenge tattoo sparks panic in the shop, the artists struggle through a pinup Elimination Tattoo, and NBA star Chris "Birdman" Andersen is the guest judge.

Picture Imperfect

S1 E7
Feb 28, 2012
Lettering skills are put to the test during a graffiti flash challenge, and the portrait elimination tattoo leaves the four remaining artists with no room for error.

Ink Master Revealed

S1 E8
Mar 6, 2012
The final artists are given a 12-hour master canvas challenge playing to their favorite styles, and an Ink Master is chosen.