Story Rich Detail – Asian Deities: Elimination Tattoo | Ink Master: Shop Wars (Season 9)

Story Rich Detail – Asian Deities: Elimination Tattoo | Ink Master: Shop Wars (Season 9)


Alright guys. You have six hours
to tattoo an Asian deity. Your time starts now. – All right.
– Let’s go. – Let’s do this.
– Get it. – In this challenge, everybody
has to tattoo an Asian deity. – This is gonna
be so bad-ass, man. Look at it. It’s so dope. – When you’re tattooing subject
matter like this, there’s a lot of details that go with each deity
that tell their story. Those details have to be
right, or the tattoo will not
be recognizable. – I’d say it’s great. – It’s getting down
to the wire. We only have five shops left. At this point,
it’s anybody’s game. – Okay, man.
You ready? – Let’s go. ♪ ♪ – I’m trying to figure out,
coloring-wise, are we gonna go more
traditional? – Yeah, for sure.
I’m cool with it. Going into this tattoo,
I feel confident. I’m super familiar with
a lot of Asian deities. Agyo is awesome, but there is no reference
outside of a few statues of him
in Japan. When I looked up pictures,
he had kind of brownish-red. We’re having to draw
from scratch, just hoping that we’re
hitting all these points. I feel really nervous. There is very
few competitors left. – What’s happening? – Looks like a mask on this one.
– Yeah. – Whose idea was it to switch
from a god to a mask? When we looked it up, they said he was just
represented as a samurai. – It’s tricky to do a mask
on a day when you need the whole god. – I mean, I agree. It needs more. Once again,
we’re playing it way too safe, and we need to be able
to show them who this is. Look up those banners again. – Three hours left.
Switch it up. ♪ ♪ – I think we should try
to include that somehow. This deity’s name literally
translates to “eight banners,” and this tattoo needs
to look like the deity. So it has to have these banners. – I still think
it’s an afterthought, but–
– We have the time. – I don’t know, man.
I still think it’s super risky. We go home if
that’s not finished. – Well, we might go home
if it’s not in there at all. – Whatever you want to do,
’cause I don’t– we end up doing that anyway. I mean,
that clock never stops ticking. And now, Noelin wants to
double the size of the tattoo. If this doesn’t work,
it’s on him. – I think this is great.
– Yeah. – The layout, beautiful,
it’s simple. – I used the same goofy anatomy
as far as drawing those. – That’s his beauty. He’s supposed to be pleasant
and jolly. I love that.
– I know. The pressure of the
competition is so high. And it’s definitely
getting to some people. I mean, Basilica’s
doing the samurai warrior. I just learned what
a deity is, and 100% the definition is
not just a samurai warrior. Traditional Japanese?
– Yeah. – Black Cobra needs
to worry about going home. For a sun goddess? This back moon in
the background definitely isn’t
hitting the challenge. – If backwards hands
don’t get you sent home, I don’t know
what will send you home. – How’s it going?
– Going good. There’s a pretty hilarious
thing in one of the tattoos. Let’s see if you spot it. – Oh, really?
– Yeah. You tell me what you think. I’m gonna do a pose
really quick. This.
You’ll see it. ♪ ♪ – What’s going on over here? – This is a scary one.
– Scary? – We discovered the challenges of this piece as we
were looking for reference. There’s only statues. – That’s the reference. – [sighs] – What’s going on?
– Uh-oh. The judges are here to judge. – Oh.
– Oh, boy. Holy crap. – That’s crazy. – Aw, that poor canvas. – Too late now. [laughs] – Make sure it lines
down on his ankle, too. – Yeah.
What you guys doing? – He’s the God of Eight Banners,
so we’re adding these banners. – Oh. – Yeah, that’s cool. I came into this competition to be able to show
the world what I can do. Growing up, I was
kind of always the outcast. Drawing was kind of my escape. – These might not be too bad, because they are super simple. – We’ll definitely
win the competition. It’s just a matter of how we’re
gonna win this competition. – Whew. If we pull it off,
we’ll be all right. – Okay, you’re doing great,
buddy. – Sometimes it’s, like,
involuntary, you know? When you, like– – No, I know.
I know. Yeah, yeah, yeah. As long as you know,
as long as you’re like, “No matter what, I’ll [bleep]
get through it,” yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s tough.
There’s a lot on the line. And we’ve been here
a long-ass time, dude. And it’s coming to an end. We are exhausted
from this competition. We’ve been through
ups and downs, but I’m actually
kind of used to it. I’ve had so many problems
in life that I’ve overcome. I started smoking cigarettes
when I was nine years old. That just progressed
into pills, to heroin, to crack cocaine. Got thrown in jail. Jail was the best thing
that ever happened to me. Sobered me up. I changed
my life for the better, and it’s been uphill climb
ever since. – [growls] – Five, four, three, two, one. Time is up.
Machines down. No more ink. – [exhales sharply] – Killed it.
– That’s awesome. That’s so awesome. Yeah, he’s super cool. – I feel strongly like
this is a winner. Cool. – Dare I say bulletproof? – I think bulletproof
is appropriate. – I think it’s bad-ass. – Hey, guys. – How do y’all
feel like y’all did? – Awesome.
– Good, yeah. – What are y’all gonna
do about those backwards thumbs? – That’s how he holds his hands. Every single depiction,
his palms in. – Yeah, but see how
yours are in the front? – They’re goofy-ass hands. – Intentionally goofy? – Yeah, it’s a goofy-ass
fat dude. – With thumbs on the
wrong sides of his hands? That was intentional? – It’s an illustration
of a fictional character. – Cleen, I know that you’re very
charming, and I hope you can charm the judges into believing
why your hand is backwards. All right, bye, y’all.
Bye, bye. – Bye.
Look at this asshole. – Look, you’re–it’s right.
You did it right. – You totally–we should’ve
just used you as a reference. – See y’all later.

100 thoughts on “Story Rich Detail – Asian Deities: Elimination Tattoo | Ink Master: Shop Wars (Season 9)”

  1. Surprised no one chose Shiva for their asian deity! Then again a surprising amount of people forget that India is an asian country too.

  2. Who doesn’t stop someone before they tattoo backwards hands on a person for the rest of their lives?? Fuck this show for real.

  3. I don’t understand why they felt it was necessary to go over to them and tell them how they did something wrong

  4. I would love to see them tattoo people with tourettes hehe. Cause I'm already a pain in the ass when getting a hair cut.
    I constandly have to give a signal to stop for a sec cause I'm gonna twitch

  5. i doubt tobacco leads to jail, maybe all the other bs your dumbass did but, smoking cigarettes? Ok Buddy i refer to 4:36ish

  6. The girl with the Buddha tattoo had better stay out of any eastern countries. The rakshasa is an eastern demon of human taboos, easily recognized by having thumbs on the wrong side of their hands. Even when their animal heads are disguised. They basically turned a beloved deity into a demon and embodiment of taboo.

  7. The fact that the other ppl saw the hands and didn't point it out for the canvases sake pisses me off THAT IS GOING TO BE ON THEIR BODY FOREVER

  8. When he said we should of used you as reference, i woulda said "at least you'd get the thumbs right if you did😂"

  9. Lots of these comments are calling Katie unprofessional but isn’t it unprofessional on Cleen’s behalf for not seeing such an obvious mistake? All these hate comments have an unpleasant undertone of misogyny. Cleen fucked up, Cleen needs to pay more attention to his references instead of just tracing them straight on the subject without making sure all the details are there. It was a small mistake but it’s a pretty fucking permanent and blatant one too.

  10. Everyone’s talking about black cobras behavior but the weakest moment for me was when Doom tried to blame Erin for the blue color they used. He knows she’s better and tried to throw her under the bus. That was some crazy insecurity.

  11. Actually, if Golden Skull was tattooing hotei, there are plenty of references of him with the thumb facing that way, there’s also some of his hands being the correct way. Give or take, you can only chose one reference and most of what I have seen in that position are backwards hands

  12. “I started smoking cigarettes when I was NINE, it lead to HEROINE then CRACK COCAIN then I WENT TO JAIL” dudeee this guy went through so much.

  13. Those hands are not backwards, the thumbs are just holding the little balls, that's why they are a bit out of perspective. The thumbs are holding the balls in the middle of the palms, so they have to be stretched a little bit. But they're still at the front of the hands, where they belong.

  14. Is it just me or are those thumbs not backward? the are pointing in so if you had the same position of the hand you would get the thumbs to point out in that way right? plus it seems likely for the deity to be in that position no?

  15. wasnt that the same dude who told everyone that theyre all afraid of him an his mad skills? and now here he is tattooing backwards hands? lol

  16. i think katie should work on becoming as good of a artist as cleen, tbh next time for a fat buddha he should use here as a scale reverence

  17. While watching the episode it took me 5 sec to pick up my phone, lift it over my head, look at it, and realize that the hands are fine. The fact that the judges didn't take 5 sec is embarrassing.

  18. Wow! DJ just gave us a lot of his past. He's wonderful! Love his positivity and his sexiness 😍. He seems like a great guy.

  19. Absolutely unprofessional and childish of Katie and Matt to not only not say something sooner but to make fun of the mistake to the coaches. Just disappointing of them.

  20. Ink Master is super rad! So many super talented artists going head to head in tattoo battles against each other and I can't get enough! The artwork is unbelievable!!

  21. Not gonna lie I absolutely loved Nolan and Christians tattoo…. I don’t care if it wasn’t a full body the way it was tattooed was fucking incredible

  22. If I’m being honest I feel like something so sacred as this theme should be done by an Asian tattooer .. just my opinion
    But also, why are non Asian people getting Asian tattoos? People who have no idea what the culture is, have zero relation or anything to it… it’s weird.. borderline cultural appropriation.

  23. Cleen posted a photo of the reference he used for the Buddha tattoo on Twitter and IG and it actually has its hands in that position, so screw it

  24. hearing the word "deity" so many times in an american accent really makes it sound like "dee-dee" after a while lol

  25. Does the way Dave says “no more ink” drive anyone else nuts? Like the “ink-hhhh” aspiration mixed with spit sound he does?

  26. Ancient Asian artists drew the wrong hands and feet all the time. That's just how it is. If I were the tattoo artist, however, I would've corrected it while keeping the style, of course.

  27. I can’t believe how childish that is. Totally unprofessional not to tell them that the hands are backwards and laugh about it. This is on someone’s body! Unbelievable! I would never trust this woman, no integrity!

  28. Pardon my asking, but is Erin from New Zealand? I’m trying real hard to place her accent… so if someone could help a girl out that’d be great

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