A new crop of talented and cutthroat Artists learn they must first EARN an Ink Master shop by tattooing hundreds of canvases Convention Style.
Week 2: Dimension. Poisonous scorpions, tarantulas and eyeballs are tattooed; one artist snaps and is determined to leave.
Week 3: Consistency. Bikini-clad twins get inked by the remaining 10 artists at once; an injury sends one artist to the emergency room.
Getting up close and awkward with naked canvases; New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia guest judges.
Tattooing superfans with 'X-Men' characters in the first ever color portrait challenge. Actor Hugh Jackman chooses the winner, with a sneak peek of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'.
Week 6: Contrast. Contestants must tattoo their canvas' personal beach in the flash challenge. Forced to work in pairs; a canvas passes out and one artist loses his marbles; a drastic decision.
Week 7: Adaptability. The contestants must tattoo a word and an image together in the flash challenge. Then canvases seek cover-ups of tattoos they got for exes.
In the flash challenge, the team use gunpowder. Rob Zombie is this weeks guest judge with the artists competing against one another with demon designs.
The artists are challenged to make mouth grill for Brandon Rios, a pro boxer. A canvas leads to an argument. Jay goes ahead with his plan to take out Scott, resulting in a harsh critique.
One of the biggest twists in Ink Master history has Artists depending on each other to survive. One Artist wages a full on attack.
Week 11: Proportion. Contestants must accurately sketch the Statue of Liberty from a yacht, and then tattoo it using only their sketch. In the elimination challenge, they must tattoo a traditional Japanese-style snake, but with a difficult twist.
The Top 4 artists battle for finale spots in two challenges: inking breast-cancer survivors' scars; and covering up some of this season's worst mistakes. Then, a final twist is announced.
Artists & Judges come face to face as the final three reveal their massive tattoos and America votes to help determine the next Ink Master.