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Season Two of Ink Master featured sixteen tattoo artists: Cee Jay Jones, Clint Cummings, Jamie Davies, Jesse Smith, Katherine 'Tatu Baby' Flores, La Ron Givens, Lalo YundaMark Matthews, Mike TacjiNick D'Angelo, Sarah Miller, Sebastian Murphy, Steve Tefft, Steven 'Kay Kutta' Givens, Thomas Halvorsen and Tray Benham.


Episode 1 - Tattooing the Dead (aired October 9, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Fundamentals and the Flash Challenge involved tattooing a snake and dagger design on silicon mannequins, which Jesse won.

For the Elimination Challenge, 'tattoo virgins' were inked with the design of their choice. Sebastian and Steve had the top two tattoos, while Cee Jay was eliminated for misspelling Corinthians (as "Cortnthians") as well as having a sketchy outline.

Episode 2 - Semi Nude 911 (aired October 9, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Ingenuity and the Flash Challenge involved camouflaging semi-nude women so that they would blend into the side of a building, which Kay Kutta won.

For the Elimination Challenge, the tattooists had to cover-up a previous design on their human canvas. Jesse won Best Tattoo. While both Lalo and Tray had numerous mistakes on their cover-ups, the judges felt that Mike took the easy way out and had a limited color palette, so he was eliminated. TJ also left the competition due to an aggravated injury.

Episode 3 - The 80-Year-Old Virgin (aired October 16, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Lines and the Flash Challenge involved shaving a design on the head of a human canvas that emphasized line work, which Kay Kutta won.

For the Elimination Challenge, the tattooists had to ink a military veteran with an American Traditional tattoo which had to include both an eagle and a flag. There was no winner of Best Tattoo, and while everyone did a bad tattoo Ron was eliminated because his sketch was too rough in many areas.

Episode 4 - Tattoo Her What? (aired October 23, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Color and the Flash Challenge was a two-round competition with the contestants divided first into groups of six with the top contestant from each group competing head-to-head to determine the winner. Each group tattooed the same design based on tattoo flashes. The contestants were randomly divided as follows:

  • Group 1 (Lotus and Water): Clint, Jamie, Kay Kutta, Steve, Tatu Baby and Tray.
  • Group 2 (Skull with a Top Hat): Lalo, Jesse, Mark, Nick, Sarah and Sebastian.

The top contestant from each group, Tray and Sarah respectively, competed head-to-head tattooing a gypsy woman design. Tray won.

For the Elimination Challenge the tattooists had to ink a fantastical new school design. Sarah won Best Tattoo, while Nick was eliminated for being unable to handle his client and badly executing his tattoo.

Episode 5 - Trick or Freak (aired October 30, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Texture and the Flash Challenge involved tattooing the inside of the mouth of a human canvas, which Clint won.

For the Elimination Challenge the tattoo had to be done in the style of horror. Steve won Best Tattoo, and while Kay's tattoo was badly executed and Mark's looked like a cover-up, Tray was eliminated for his tattoo having no texture despite being more solid.

Episode 6 - Half Naked and Fully Loaded (aired November 6, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Attention to Detail and the Flash Challenge involved etching a detailed design into the buttstock of a rifle, which Steve won.

For the Elimination Challenge the tattoo had to have a pin-up design based on photographs taken during a session with burlesque performer Darenzia. Steve won Best Tattoo, and while Lalo and Mark did the same mistakes with their tattoos Lalo was down more times than Mark, as well as having less detail, so Lalo was eliminated.

Episode 7 - Star Wars Forever (aired November 13, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Contrast and the Flash Challenge involved painting a Clone Trooper helmet with an emphasis on contrast, which Clint won.

For the Elimination Challenge the tattooists had to ink a Star Wars inspired design. Tatu Baby won Best Tattoo, and while the judges praised Kay for his fight and passion, they felt his lack of experience was becoming too much to ignore.

Episode 8 - Holy Ink (aired on November 20, 2012)Edit

The Skill(s) of the Week were Gradation and Adaptability and the Flash Challenge involved working in teams of two to create a design on a 7' x 7' scratchboard that was later viewed under a blacklight. The teams were determined by the winner of the previous week's elimination challenge, Tatu Baby, and were:

  • she and Jesse
  • Clint and Jamie
  • Mark and Sarah
  • Sebastian and Steve.

Tatu Baby and Jesse won. 

For the Elimination Challenge the tattooists had to work in teams of two to create a black-and-gray tattoo (on the same human canvas) with a good-and-evil theme. The pairs were:

  • Jesse and Tatu Baby
  • Clint and Sarah
  • Jamie and Steve
  • Mark and Sebastian.

Jesse and Tatu Baby won Best Tattoo, while Mark was eliminated as the judges thought his tattoo wasn't good enough (on top of it being his fourth consecutive time in the bottom).

Episode 9 - Buck Off (aired November 27, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Balance and the Flash Challenge involved burning a design into a cowgirl's chaps, which Jamie won.

For the Elimination Challenge, the tattooists had to ink a Japanese design. Jesse won Best Tattoo, while Clint was eliminated for his tattoo being unreadable.

Episode 10 - Blowing Chunks (aired December 4, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Dimension and the Flash Challenge involved customizing one of Dave Navarro's guitars, which Jesse won.

For the Elimination Challenge, the tattooists had to ink a design that included an animal. Steve won Best Tattoo, while Jamie was eliminated for his tattoo having no dimension (and for his lack of his own tattoos).

Episode 11 - Better Than Words? (aired December 11, 2012)Edit

The Skill of the Week was Precision and the Flash Challenge involved inking a mini-tattoo of the Jägermeister logo, which Steve won.

For the Elimination Challenge, the tattooists had to ink a portrait design. Sarah won Best Tattoo, while Jesse was eliminated for the face of his tattoo being too different from the reference and his inexperience in black and grey becoming too much to ignore.

Episode 12 - The Bigger They Are (aired December 18, 2012)Edit

There was no Flash Challenge, and the Elimination Challenge had the tattooists inking a design for a professional athlete. Steve won Best Tattoo, while Tatu Baby was eliminated.

Episode 13: Ink Master Live (aired December 18, 2012)Edit

The tattoo artists had to complete a 24-hour tattoo in four six-hour sittings.

Sebastian was eliminated first, due to his receiving the fewest votes on the show's site. Of Sarah and Steve, Steve was chosen as Ink Master.


GalleryEdit

The entire cast.

EliminationEdit

ELIMINATION SUBJECT ARTIST
1 Tattoo Virgins Cee Jay Jones
2 Coverups Little Mike
- Quit (due to injury) TJ Halvorsen
3 American Traditional Ron Givens
4 New School Nick D'Angelo
5 Horror Tray Benham
6 Pinups Lalo Yunda
7 Star Wars Kay Kutta
8 Black and Grey Mark Matthews
9 Japanese Clint Cummings
10 Animals Jamie Davies
11 Portraits Jesse Smith
12 All Skills Tatu Baby
13 Finale Sebastian Murphy
14 Finale Sarah Miller
- Finale

Steve Tefft

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