Sherwood ‘Ink Master’ contestants remain in competition

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Missed Lost Forty Brewing’s Aug. 11 viewing party for the latest episode of Spike TV’s Ink Master? Don’t worry, your favorite Sherwood-based tattoo artists are still in the running.

For this week’s “Predator/Prey” elimination competition, the 12 remaining tattoo artists grouped in teams of four, and each team member had to tattoo a matching animal print on a human canvas — at the same time. This week’s animal theme resulted in tattoos of a Brazilian rainbow boa, cheetah and crocodile print, which also led to the judges’ high expectation of accurate and cohesive textures.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 10.04.36 AMSherwood’s Katie McGowan of Black Cobra Tattoo was a member of the team that tattooed cheetah spots on a woman. Unfortunately, the human canvas had a panic attack during the session, and McGowan’s team was unable to finish the work.

The animal prints were judged on the entire team’s ability to execute the textures, and discrepancies in sections of the cheetah print led to McGowan’s team taking a loss this week, judges noted.

Although Black Cobra Tattoo owner Matt O’Baugh was on the Brazilian rainbow boa team that did receive praise, there wereScreen Shot 2015-08-13 at 9.59.39 AM
critiques from judges on the size and placement of the scales, leading to a loss for O’Baugh and his teammates this week, too.

Luckily, the central Arkansas artists didn’t have to compete in the one-on-one elimination competition, and St. Marq of New Breed in West Lafayette, Indiana, was sent pack, securing them another week to be in the running for a $100,000 grand prize, editorial feature in Inked magazine and, of course, the title of Ink Master.

Be sure to catch Ink Master‘s “Composed and Unexposed” episode Aug. 18, where an “insane new tattoo style” is said to push the artists to their limits.

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Syd Hayman is a beauty, entertainment and pop culture fanatic who enjoys trying different metro restaurants that satisfy picky eaters. Tweet her at @TheSydRichi.