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The veterans ranks took another hit last week on Ink Master, but their powers are ever-replenishing.

After Picasso and Lalo got the axe for a great design but poor execution, a new veteran has joined the madness. Straight from Season 7 finale, it’s Christian Buckingham and his teacher and inspiration, Noelin Wheeler from Basilica Tattoo, Las Vegas.

Christian Buckingham and Noelin Wheeler

Bring on the Bubbles!

With every episode the big question is “What are they going to come up with for a flash challenge?” And they usually don’t disappoint. This week – bubble wrap! Who doesn’t love the therapeutic pop of the plastic wrapping? Well, tattoo artists with needles full of dyed water, for one. But ingenuity being the operative word, squirts had to be taken. And a few very impressive panels were created. Newcomers Basilica didn’t seem to take the challenge seriously, but Black Spade Tattoo got to work and took that skull pick.

 Old Master, New School

This week, in Buckingham’s honour, the judges were testing ingenuity. Christian was not pleased at all when he learned that the style in question is New School. It’s hard to put your all into a tattoo that in your opinion is “for children and colouring books”, and it showed. But the real target of E.S. and King Ruck were the members of the alliance. Even sweet, innocent April picked up on that. And it almost got to her and her teammate, as theirs was the weakest of the three teams.

Artistic Skin Design, New School Zombies
Artistic Skin Design, New School

School’s in Session

So Christian did try and produce something good to fit the challenge, but he didn’t quite nail it. The bigger surprise though was Classic Trilogy Tattoo not coming through on what was supposed to be their day. They did have a rather stubborn canvas, but at the end of the day, whoever’s walking home with that piece should have a say. However, that doesn’t always make for a good tattoo. Weak design and poor colour choices overshadowed good technical application.

Classic Trilogy Tattoo New School Unicorn
Classic Trilogy Tattoo

Who’ll Play and Who’ll Go Home

The win of tattoo of the day was torn between Old Town Ink and Unkindness Art and despite all the tricks that Erin and Doom pulled – and on a head tattoo at that! – it was Old Town who took that badge home.

Unkindness Art New School Mad Scientist
Unkindness Art’s Awesome New School Mad Scientist

When Boneface came back, he claimed to have faith in his partner’s abilities. In this round, though his confidence was lacking. And how could it not when “not only does Hobo not do New School, Hobo doesn’t do colour”! Boneface’s plan was to do as much as he could in his three hours of tattooing so there’d be little left for Hobo to do, but it didn’t quite work out that way. However much experience with colour Hobo has though, I’d say they were falling short on the design itself. Those three little kittens they had to do, were looking like strays on a bad streak and there was next to nothing New School about them. So it came as no surprise that that tattoo was voted down by the Jury of Peers and it was the last for Boneface Ink on the show.

Before we dive straight into the next batch of ink, here’s the rest of the New School creations and as always, a couple of the eliminated team’s works.

Boneface Ink's Elimination Tattoo
Boneface Ink Elimination Tattoo

Boneface

Boneface 1
Boneface

Hobo Ink

Hobo Ink 1
Hobo Ink
Old Town Ink
Tattoo of the Day – Old Town Ink
Pinz and Needlez
Pinz and Needlez
Allegory Arts
Allegory Arts
Artistic Skin Design
Artistic Skin Design
Basilica Tattoo
Basilica Tattoo
Black Spade Tattoo
Black Spade Tattoo

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