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Seasons One of Ink Master featured ten tattoo artists: Al Fliction, Bili Vegas, Brian 'B-Tat' Robinson, Heather Sinn, James Vaughn, Jeremy Miller, Josh Woods, Lea Vendetta, Shane O'Neill and Tommy Helm.

Episode 1: Fresh Meat (aired January 17, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was cover-ups. Tommy surprisingly won Best Tattoo, while B-Tat and Jeremy were in the bottom two, obviously. Although Jeremy did not finish his tattoo, it was technically solid. B-Tat's tattoo was too sketchy to demonstrate adequate technical skills to progress. and balls

Episode 2 - Botched Head Tattoo (aired January 25, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was tribal. James won Best Tattoo, while Al, Lea and Jeremy were in the bottom three. Jeremy was eliminated for failing to do one clean pass tattoo, and making too many excuses for his poor tattoos.

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Episode 3 - Pasties and a Camel Toe (aired January 31, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was black and grey. Shane won Best Tattoo, while Al, Bili and Josh were in the bottom three. Al was eliminated - despite having a good concept and artistic skills - because the judges felt he lacked the technical skills needed to win.

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Episode 4 - Ink Diaster Piece (aired February 7, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was photo realism. Lea won Best Tattoo, while Bili, Heather and Josh were in the bottom three. Heather was eliminated for her poor execution, and for having overall mediocre performances.

Episode 5 - Game On (aired February 14, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was American traditional. Josh won Best Tattoo, while Bili and Lea were in the bottom two. Bili was eliminated for being in the bottom three times, making too many excuses for his poor American traditional style skills, and not accepting responsibility for his shortcomings.

Episode 6 - Permanent Mistakes (aired February 21, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was pin-ups. Shane won Best Tattoo, while James, Lea and Tommy were in the bottom three. Lea was eliminated for messing up her pin-up's hands, failing to control proportion, and not being as well-rounded as the other artists.

Episode 7 - Picture Imperfect (aired February 28, 2012)[]

The subject of the elimination tattoos was portraits. Shane won Best Tattoo, while James and Josh were in the bottom two. Josh was eliminated for not having adequate experience outside his favourite genre, and poor execution of his portrait tattoo - despite having an overall strong performance.

Episode 8 - Ink Master Revealed (aired March 6, 2012)[]

The final three competed in an 18-hour tattoo marathon.

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Elimination[]

ELIMINATION SUBJECT ARTIST
1 Coverups Brian Robinson
2 Tribal Jeremy Miller
3 Black and Grey Al Fliction
4 Photo Realism Heather Sinn
5 American Traditional Bili Vegas
6 Pinups Lea Vendetta
7 Portraits Josh Woods
8 Finale James Vaughn
9 Finale Tommy Helm
- Finale Shane O'Neill
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