I don’t intend to start blogging about Ink Master, but I do want to share some of my thoughts and observations on last night’s episode.
The theme of the challenge was adaptability, or the artist’s ability to adapt to any difficult client or situation. To test the artists’ ability to adapt, the human canvases came in, all requesting cover-up tattoos. Specifically, they all needed reminders of their failed relationships covered up.
Jim’s client chose roses to cover the name of her former flame. For reasons that the judges did not (at the time) understand, Jim chose yellow ink on the roses to cover up a very dark tattoo:
Obviously, yellow did not sufficiently cover up the client’s old tattoo. Also, that butterfly looks like a praying mantis.
At this point, Jim revealed his secret to the audience: he is partially color blind. He later reveals this secret to Halo, who wins the challenge and nominates Jim for elimination.
Jim and King Ruck both get sent home for choosing yellow ink to unsuccessfully cover up dark tattoos. Fine. For me, though, a troubling question remains unanswered. Why would someone who is partially color blind choose to be a tattoo artist? It seems to me that the ability to fully see and distinguish between different colors would be a necessary skill in the profession.