L.A. Ink Episode 6 Recap & Review with pics….

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Corey’s Vasectomy

Is anyone else out there sick of these horrible and annoying subplots? I love the ink on the show and even like some of the clients stories and stuff, but the subplots are really bad, and getting worse! I mean c’mon, Corey debating a vasectomy? I know it was real, but did it really need to happen on camera and while the show was filming? And even worse is the Pixie situation. So, you think that you are getting fired? What? Fired from being the pseudo shop manager who is only there while the show is filming?

Ok, my rant is over. However, we are feeling a bit lazy this week, so the rating are going by the wayside. Just the art this week folks.

Enjoy.

Kat – Monster Head Pin Up

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Corey – Owl In Tree Arm Piece

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L.A. Ink Episode 5 Recap & Pics

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Episode five is now over and accounted for on L.A. Ink. The episode, titled, Master Cleanse, focused in on a bet between Kat and Kim regarding a cleansing fast they decided to do together. I think overall, there may not have ever been a more visibly immature person on television that Kat Von D. Not only does she lose the bet, but refuses to pay up to Kim what they had agreed on and creates her own consequence instead. The scene where she is too “exhausted” to hang a picture is hilarious.

Poor Kat, she had to stop eating whenever she felt like it for a few days and is exhausted!!! Ok, enough sarcasm for now, on to the ink!

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Hannah – Erin – Cherry Blossom Rib Piece

1.) Client Idea / Story – Erin wants some cherry blossoms on her torso. She feels that the idea of annual cherry blossoms are a good metaphor for how she lives her life. She is a “little person”, and the idea is good, but not certain as to the full meaning. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Erin handles the pain like it is nothing, which is a feat in itself. Hannah takes the idea and does a great job with the interpretation. 6/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Nothing wrong with this for sure, but also nothing that makes me say wow. 6 / 10

Overall Rating 6.5/10 – extra half point for the pain tolerance….

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Kat – Cat Portrait

1.) Client Idea / Story – Steve has a hard time with women, so instead he fell in love with his cat, Buddy. Now of course, he wants to have a portrait of the cat on his body, forever, and on the inside of his leg no less. 1.5/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Looks just like the picture, Kat is good at portrait type stuff, but you already knew that. However, this is a cat still. 6/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Yeah, I can’t get over the super strange idea, even though it looks nice in the end, too over the top weird for me. 3 / 10

Overall Rating 3/10 – This dude says that he and his cat are soulmates….. Meow?

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Kim – Our Lady Of Guadalupe

1.) Client Idea / Story – Robert wants a tattoo in honor of his grandfather. He want the image of the Lady of Guadelupe, certainly a classic image and a great idea for ink. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Love this job by Kim, another reason she is one of the best artists on the show. Great use of color and detail. 8/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Awesome piece, placement and overall winner. Love it. 9/ 10

Overall Rating 9/10

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L.A. Ink Episode 4 Recap & Pics

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Last night I took in another episode of L.A. Ink. The tattoo’s overall on this episode were great, while the drama was once again, contrived. The title of the episdoe, Boobs Rule says alot about the show. Kat and Pixie go shopping and Kat notices that she is not quite as well endowed as in the past. Of course this takes up way too much time and Kat does not end up going for the boob job in the end. I wish I could say I was surprised. Another sub plot is Corey playing drums at a gig supporting a client who he tattoos this episode.

Here are a few things I found really amusing though….

– Hannah, we know you love Jesse Metcalf, but please try not to say groovy so much anymore….

– Pixie at the front of the shop, pretending to be the receptionist. “Do you have an appointment?” If not, why are we filming Pixie?

Anyway, on to the episode. Boobs Rule…..

Yet another “celebrity” piece to start off this episode, this time it is Jesse Metcalf sitting down with Hannah.

Hannah – Angel w/ Heart

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Jesse wants to get a naked female angel lassoing a anatomically correct heart for his shoulder piece. “Everyone has had their heart broken, this is just a reminder, not to let it happen again.” 5/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Hannah nails it. She takes a break from falling in love with Jesse to make this into a great great piece. I am always impressed with artists that can take ideas and make them into what the client is after. 8/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Great work here by Hannah, she takes the idea and runs with it. Jesse says he went to her because of how well she tattoos the female form, but to me, it is the heart that stands out on this piece. 7 / 10

Overall Rating 7/10 – Hannah is seriously ga ga over Jesse. This picture says it all.

Kat – Family Portrait

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Kat’s friend, skater and metal dude Mike V comes in with some family members for a portrait piece. Of course this is right up Kat’s alley. Pardon that pun. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation -Kat and portraits are kinda a slam dunk. This is of two girls (although 3 are in the shop) and she does great. From what I understand, kids are the hardest to do regarding portraits because of their noses. 7/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Not as incredible as I imagined and hoped when it is all said and done. Even so, it looks great and is just what this super intense dude is after. 7 / 10

Overall Rating 7/10 – Mike V is way too hardcore for television.

Corey – Tennesse Rose Guitar

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Dave is a musician and wants one of his guitars tattooed on his back. The guitar is a Tennesse Rose. 7/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – Corey isn’t too excited about this because he says guitars are so hard with all the detail. That being said I love how Corey improvises and adds the roses to go along with it. 8/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – This turns out great. Corey takes a tough piece and does an amazing job on this guy. I really like the finished product here and the roses really make it pop. 8 / 10

Overall Rating 7.5/10 – Corey not only helps out the client, but also lands an opening gig for his band!

Kim – Eating Disorder Recovery Symbol

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Marissa comes to see Kim to get a recovery from an eating disorder symbol. She has suffered from anorexia in the past and wants this as a reminder of how far she has come. 6/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – I hate to say this is an easy one, I cannot tattoo after all. But it really is. Kim does take the flower in the piece and make it her own however. 4/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – I don’t care for this one, although I would never doubt or question the motives. And Kim does just what Marissa wants for this. 4 / 10

Overall Rating 4/10

Kat – Wolf Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Gus is getting a wolf on his arm which will blend in to his portrait of his mother. This one is also tied to him mom, who apparently loved wolves. 7/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – Gus had no reference for this, and gives Kat the creative license to come up with something for him on this one. She comes up with something incredible and really does a bang up job blending it into the portrait. 9/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – I did not care for the idea at first, but Kat does awesome work on this piece. The blending between the portrait and this along with the fact that she did all the creative work on this one makes it my favorite of this episode. 9 / 10

Overall Rating 9/10

Hannah – Memorial Heart/Swallow

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Laura wants to get a memorial tattoo to remember her grandfather. The piece is a sacred heart, a banner with the word “Ohana” which if family in Hawaiian. And the swallow represent her grandfather who was in the Navy. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – She some to Hannah for her color skills and Hannah does not dissapoint on this one. Not too much interpretation here, mostly because the client has a really near perfect drawing, which has to be rare. 8/ 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – This is a great piece, another colorful winner from Hannah and about as good as it gets for a memorial piece. 8 / 10

Overall Tattoo – 8/10

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L.A. Ink Episode 3 Recap & Pics

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Episode three is now in the books, as High Voltage Tattoo finally opened and saw all of the ink being done inside it’s walls. Overall I have to admit that Kat is bugging the crap out of me as a viewer, the overall immaturity makes some of the footage (the non-tat footage mostly) tough to watch. I am finding myself really liking Corey and Kim, the two who seem to have their heads on the most.

Episode 3 – L.A. Ink Grand Opening

This episode starts out with rapper Eve stopping by High Voltage for a tattoo on her hip. That makes three shows and three “celebrity” starters.

Kat Von D – “Three-Love Piece”

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1.) Client Idea / Story – I was interested to know the details behind this one, mostly because of the teaser video I guess. It turns out the Eve wanted this for some pretty dumb reasons though. Her quote was “I just love, love ya know?”. Mmkay. 2/10

2.) Artist Interpretation While this tattoo probably took all of 30 minutes, Kat does it just fine. But it is so simple and small I’m starting to wonder why I am rating this. 4 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – It is pretty clear this one only made the episode because it was for a celebrity. The piece is small, and rather insignificant honestly, a poor one to kick off the show in my opinion. 3 / 10

Overall Rating 3/10 – “I just love , love ya know?”

Hannah – Pin Up Warrior

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Dinu wants to get what she describes as a “sexy, ass kicking chick” and stops in to have Hannah do the honors. Not much of a story here, but it seems like more of a fun deal for this piece. 4/10

2.) Artist Interpretation A bit outside the area of expertise for Hannah this time around, no color for this pinup. Even so, she does a great sketch and seems to nail what Dinu wants with the tattoo. 6 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – It is always tough to be certain why people get some of the ink they get, this one seems like a flighty and rather dumb idea to me, even so, who am I to judge? Hannah shows that she can do more than big time color pieces here. 5 / 10

Overall Rating – 5/10

Corey – Star Halo Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Kristin comes in to L.A. Ink for a piece by Corey after being in a coma after a major car accident. Obviously a good reason to remember a tough time and look to move forward, can’t argue with this one. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Corey does really well sketching and adding some of his own ideas to this one, takes a good idea and makes it a great piece. 7 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – I think this piece is pretty average if Corey does not add his own flair, especially to the inside of the star and with the outside glow parts. I do really like the placement and overall look in the end. 6.5 / 10

Overall Rating – 6/10

Kim – “Acid Trip Of Nature Shoulder Piece”

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1.) Client Idea / Story – This guy totally cracks me up. Justin meets with Kim outside the shop since the A/C is out and tells him he wants some kind of acid trip of nature piece on his shoulder. If I were Kim I am not sure I would have known what the hell he was talking about. His quote pretty much sums it up. “This tattoo is gonna represent everything I have to say and every reason I’m alive.” 3/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Justin mostly leaves this up to Kim outside of the trippy idea. Kim loves that though and really goes wild with this in an amazing way. 7 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – This one turns out pretty amazing really considering it mostly comes out of Kim’s creative sense. The color and arrangements really pop and I am totally impressed. What I thought was gonna be difficult turns into one of the best pieces this episode. 8 / 10

Overall Rating – 8/10

Kat – Mike – Truvian Man Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Mike chooses the classic Da Vinci piece of art known as “Truvian Man.” He wants to kinda pay tribute to the human body with this piece and chooses to have it on his side. And yes, it’s gonna hurt. 7/10

2.) Artist Interpretation This is actually a piece where Kat does not need to be too creative, after all, Da Vinci pretty much nailed it already. Kat does have to deal with Mike and his goofy attitude however, but I would not want to sit for this piece in this spot. 7 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – The piece turns out amazing, but somehow I was slightly dissapointed. Maybe it was the sepiatone stuff all around the piece that sorta looks like dude scraped himself real bad. Even so, it still is a great piece overall and one of the better ones this episode. 7 / 10

Overall Rating 7.5/10

Kim – Big Heat Back Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Big Mike wants the script “Big Heat” on his back, which is his nickname. He also wants it to work well with the art he already has on his back. 4/10

2.) Artist Interpretation I am most impressed by how Kim blends this one so well into his other work. She takes advantage of the large canvas and makes this massive volcano behind the Big Heat script. 7 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Great job by Kim giving Mike what he asks for. I think the piece itself is a bit silly but with Mike’s other artwork on his back, it actually fits really well. Lots of color was of course, right up Kim’s alley. 7 / 10

Overall Rating 6.5/10

I have lots more screencaps to share as well, look for those very soon……

L.A. Ink Episode 2 Recap & Review with pics….

Episode two aired last night of L.A. Ink and it was yet another one with the shop not being finished. Of course, this part of the plan still makes for some drama amongst cast members and that architect dude again. Here is my rundown of Episode 2.

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Episode 2 – Nowhere To Work

Episode 2 kicks off with Kat prepping to tattoo Steve-O of Jackass fame. They hop in a limo and make an hour drive to Six Feet Under, the shop of Corey Miller so that Steve can get a tatt of himself as a child on his arm. His quote for getting the piece is that “I’m getting this tattoo because it’s a goofy, stupid idea and its gonna make people laugh”, sounds like Steve-O to me. However, he is obviously way too high to get it done and despite some prodding from Kat, he leaves.

When he returns for the ink, he sits in the chair and talks about being a rich kid, going to clown school (“I love the bragging rights going to clown school gave me”) and drinking his own urine. Fun! At one point, I think he tries to fall asleep in the chair, (probably all smoked out again). Time to get the Ink-o-meter started!

Kat Von D – Steve-O Child Portrait

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1.) Client Idea / Story – The story is that Steve had this pic taken as a child in Rio, as mentioned he wants to get it to make people laugh and mostly to be an idiot. I guess his back piece was not masturbatory enough. 1/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Kat is a master at portraits, and has no trouble nailing this one despite Steve attempting to fall asleep. 8 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Great job by Kat, great shading and placement for a portrait as well. She even gets Steve and his screwy teeth correct. 8 / 10

Overall Rating 4/10 – Great work, stupid idea.

Up next the drama machine starts to get cranked up. You know the drill by now, shop is not finished, people are pissed, and all while the cameras roll! Amazing…. (wink)

Corey Miller – Traditional Skull Chest Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Anthony wants a traditional black and grey chest piece. He wants it to “reflect his free nature and harken back to the days of the old tough guy sailors.” 5/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Corey goes the extra mile here, even adding some of his own touch when Anthony thinks he is done. There is a reason he is a black/ grew master, this piece shows it. 9 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Incredible tattoo when it is all said and done by Corey, Anthony went through alot of pain but it looks like it was worth it. 8 / 10

Overall Rating – 8/10

Hannah – Peacock Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – The client, Katharine, is getting this in honor of her Mom, who spent tow months in a coma in the hospital. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation When it comes to color, Hannah is boss. She takes the piece and really does an amazing job with it. It also feels like this take about 2 minutes, of course it probably took like 6-7 hours. 9 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – Great work on this piece, easily my favorite on this episode. 9.5/ 10

Overall Rating – 9.5/10

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L.A. Ink Episode One Recap And Review + Pics!

Last night, the first episode of L.A. Ink hit the TLC airwaves last night and then was repeated right away in the 11pm hour. Here is our rundown of the episode, ink by ink…..

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Welcome Home Kat Season 1. Ep1.

As the new show opens, we come to realize that the groundwork needs to be laid. Kat returns to her hometown of Los Angeles to open her new shop and needs to first assemble her crew. But before she gets into that, she heads to the home of actor/musician and fellow L.A. native Eric Balfour. Eric wants a tattoo that is L.A. related on his shoulder. We posted the video of this already, but just in case you have not seen it, check it below.

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This is also our first stab at what we call our Ink-o-meter, which will rate this tattoo experience on three things.

Kat Von D – Skull Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Balfour has a strong connection to L.A., and wanted an artist with similar L.A. connections to do this piece. Kat was the perfect choice. It is also an image he uses for his band, Born As Ghosts. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Kat takes the pics Eric had and really shows why she is such an amazing artist by nailing this one. She adds a few small touches as well that really make this one take off. 9 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – This turned out amazing. The amount of detail made it very difficult and Kat pulled it off really really well. A great tat to kick off the new show. And c’mon, it made the dude get all teary eyed! 9 / 10

Overall 8.75/10

The show moves on now as Kat tries to assemble her team. First on the docket is Kat’s mentor and longtime artist Corey Miller. Kat has been tattooing out of Miller’s shop, Six Feet Under, while she waits for her shop to open and we get introduced to Miller next as he shows off his free-hand skills.

Corey Miller – Circle Of Life Dragon Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Not alot of details on the story for this guy, but he does want a circle of life type theme, and brings Corey some pics of Dragon’s chasing their own tales and stuff. Due to the lack of explanation, I gotta rate this idea kinda low. 4/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – When Miller decides to free hand this one, I get a little nervous. I mean, in this day and age of stencils and all that good stuff, why would you want to or need to do a free hand? Of course, this is our introduction to Corey Miller, and he knocks it out of the park by adding some of his own touch, including a skull and some Asian artwork in the center of the piece to really make it pop. 9/10

3.) Finished Tattoo – I am not terribly impressed with this piece itself, probably because I feel it would have been better bigger. However, major props for it being a free hand piece and even more for Corey really turning a shaky idea into an excellent tattoo. 7.5 / 10

Overall Score 6.75 / 10

Up next, Kat heads to Chicago to try to persuade two female artists to join her team, first up is our introduction to Kim Saigh. Kat hits her shop and watches Kim do a calf piece.

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