Eliminated Artist Interview: Fight to the Finale
Season 5 E 15 • 12/10/2014
Despite disappointment at being eliminated just short of the finale, this artist resolves to go back home, recharge with a little surfing, then get right back to tattooing.
Ink MasterS5 E1Eliminated Artist Interview: Inking with the Enemy
The first eliminated artist chokes back tears of embarrassment after a rival picked the perfect design challenge to exploit her weaknesses.
Ink MasterS5 E2Eliminated Artist Interview: Pin-Up Pitfalls
The most recently eliminated artist explains how the pressure of the competition hampered his work and kept him from showing the judges his full potential.
Ink MasterS5 E3Eliminated Artist Interview: Head to Headache
The latest artist sent packing accuses the judges of doing a "disservice to the competition" by eliminating him so early but takes solace in the fact that he ended a feud.
Ink MasterS5 E4Eliminated Artist Interview: Geishas Gone Wrong
The most recently eliminated artist reflects on his final tattoo, saying he did what the client wanted instead of what the judges preferred.
Ink MasterS5 E5Eliminated Artist Interview: Glass on Blast
The latest artist eliminated feels blindsided by being sent home, but vows that his Ink Master experience will only make him a stronger artist.
Ink MasterS5 E6Eliminated Artist Interview: Cheek to Cheek
Even though the most recently eliminated artist got beaten at his own game, he's not letting the defeat discourage him.
Ink MasterS5 E7Eliminated Artist Interview: Three's a Crowd
The latest artist sent packing takes pride in having beaten one rival and vows to take down another contestant outside the competition.
Ink MasterS5 E8Eliminated Artist Interview: Ink My Oosik
The most recently eliminated artist disagrees with the judges' decision and takes pride in his ability to work with canvases rather than getting confrontational.
Ink MasterS5 E9Eliminated Artist Interview: Virgin Blood
The latest artist sent home stands by her upper-arm portrait tattoo and vows to use the Ink Master experience to make her stronger.
Ink MasterS5 E10Eliminated Artist Interview: Cold-Blooded
The latest artist sent home argues that the gradation on her final tattoo was not worthy of elimination but admits she should have been humbler throughout the competition.
Ink MasterS5 E11Eliminated Artist Interview: Up in Smoke
An artist sent home for multiple rule violations despite his strong tattooing owns up to his mistakes and takes solace in having proved someone who doubted him wrong.
Ink MasterS5 E12Eliminated Artist Interview: Heads Will Roll
The most recently eliminated artist feels blindsided by being sent home after nailing a difficult back-of-skull tattoo and vows to hold on to the competitive fire within him.
Ink MasterS5 E13Eliminated Artist Interview: Painstaking Portraits
The latest artist sent home insists that he precisely executed his portrait tattoo and struggles to understand why the judges didn't feel the same way.
Ink MasterS5 E14Eliminated Artist Interview: Firing Squad
The most recently eliminated artist still feels he belongs in the top three but thinks the pressure of the competition got to him.
Meet the Masters of Season 417 Videos
Ink MasterS4 Meet Ashley Bennett
New York native Ashley Bennett describes bringing feminine elements to her traditional tattooing style and opens up about the difficulties of being a woman in the tattoo industry.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Bubba Irwin
Bubba doesn't mind if people underestimate him, so he can bypass the drama and head straight to the top spot.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Damon Butler
Damon discusses his art school education and his cutthroat competitive style.
Ink MasterS4 Meet David Bell
20-year tattooing veteran David is less focused on the prize money than on proving he's the best.
Ink MasterS4 Meet "Gentle Jay" Blondel
Don't be fooled by his soft-sounding nickname, because Gentle Jay is aware that succeeding in the Ink Master arena requires showing some teeth.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Halo
Cancer survivor Halo plans to use his eclectic style to show the judges he's the most well-rounded competitor.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Jim Francis
Jim talks about his blunt personality, tough past and motivation to win the prize money for his kid.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Keith Diffenderfer
Keith is a family man who learned discipline from his martial arts practice and wants to encourage the other competitors to step up their skills.
Ink MasterS4 Meet King Ruck
King Ruck plans to use his versatility to stay competitive.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Kyle Dunbar
Veteran artist Kyle is back from Season 3 to prove he's got what it takes to be Ink Master.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Lydia
New York artist Lydia talks about her surrealist tattooing style and why getting her foot in the door with male clients wasn't always easy.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Matti Hixson
Matti is a perfectionist with a penchant for colorful works of art.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Melissa Monroe
Wisconsin artist Melissa Monroe doesn't want to get caught up in the competition drama and would rather let her work speak for itself.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Randy Vollink
Randy has overcome homophobia from his peers in the industry to hone his photorealism skills, and now he's ready to show them off.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Roland Pacheco
Roland is an expert on Polynesian tattooing who plans to watch his competitors carefully so he can outsmart them.
Ink MasterS4 Meet Walter "Sausage" Frank
Sausage says his tattoos' impressive level of detail will take him to the top.