They say, “It’s lonely at the top” and no one knows this better than Ryan, the hottest tattoo artist in the country, let alone Chicago. After working and sacrificing to build a business and a home for his 9 Mag family, Ryan finds himself an outcast in his own shop. As people he once provided for question his every decision, Ryan’s dream project, 9 Mag, is in danger of being torn apart from within. In the wake of these recent betrayals, Ryan has committed himself to reinventing his brand with new ideologies and new hires. Supported by the love and guidance of his high school sweetheart Rachel, along with his few remaining loyal artists, Ryan is slowly accepting the fact that the 9 Mag he once knew is gone forever. However, the “new” 9 Mag he’s building will be even better.
Kat started off as the resident little sister of 9 mag, but has since moved West and has become a Tattoo Artist to the Stars, hanging out with Snoop Dogg, and tattooing the likes of Young MA. Katrina is on top of her game and has escaped the romantic entanglements of her 9 Mag relationships. Now, single and dating in LA, Kat has grown close to a new man, Zach, a former NFL player and Hollywood real estate Agent.Due to her endless talents and gorgeous features, Kat has quickly become not only one of the most sought-after female tattoo artists, but also one of the most eligible women in the country. She is taking advantage of her success and seizing every opportunity to build her own brand as Kat Tat, an artist separate from 9 mag. Can Kat watch from the West as her Midwest tattoo home tears itself apart, or will she have to return to fix her tattoo family?
It’s no secret Don has had his fair share of troubles. And he’ll be the first to admit his past choices cost him a lot. But having learned from his mistakes, Don is committed to becoming a better man. Whether it’s by honoring and providing for his wife Ashley and their family, or working to resolve his anger issue, or even sharing his past experiences as an example in an effort to keep others from repeating his mistakes, Don is doing everything he can to follow a better path. On this journey, Don hopes to find a new way to provide for his family and looks to expand his role at 9 Mag beyond being his brother’s assistant. Is this the end of 9 Mag’s resident bad boy and if so, what lies ahead for a man at the start of a new direction?
Still one of the most skilled and respected tattoo artists in Chicago, Van is kind, generous and a great father to his teenage daughter, Briyanna. After being released from Boot Camp last year, Van returned to Chicago with an overwhelming feeling that he had lost everything. Even his beloved 9 Mag felt like it had become something he barely recognized with the balance of power within the shop now drastically one-sided in Ryan’s favor. Vowing to never relive that experience again, Van’s sole focus these days is on looking to the future. Van has been working tirelessly towards the launch of his own brand, “Chicagorilla”. Van sees his budding brand as the legacy he will one day pass on to his daughter and that will secure a financial future for family; meanwhile his girlfriend, Jennifer, adds more pressure to Van’s life by pushing their 8 year relationship to the next level of marriage. As for 9 Mag, Van is convinced the future of the shop lies in returning to the glory days of their past where the idea of “family”, not business, was their foundation. Unfortunately, this is in direct contradiction to Ryan’s vision of expanding and taking the shop in a new direction to new heights. As the shop becomes divided between the views of two of its leaders, the future of 9Mag is anything but certain.
Last year, Phor established himself as one of the most truly gifted artists in both the tattoo world and the music game. Since then, his popularity has skyrocketed to the point that he’s on numerous tours that have him tattooing and performing in cities all across the country. Now more than ever, Phor must now find a way to navigate his music career vs his tattooing career in order to achieve his dreams. Music and tattooing aren’t the only two loves Phor finds himself caught between these days, however. He’s also stuck dead in the middle of a brewing conflict between his fellow 9 Mag brothers, as well in the middle of some lingering issues between Kat and his girlfriend, Nikki. While Phor is definitely a force to be reckoned with in his artistic arenas, there has always been one thing that threatens his rise to stardom - his ongoing desire to please everyone in his life. As Phor will soon learn, in any conflict, someone will win and someone will lose. As tempers begin to flare and dissent erupts all around him, the only question is, will Phor stop looking after everyone else or will he end up losing everything he’s worked for?
Charmaine has always been one of the most vocal at 9Mag which occasionally puts her at odds with others. However, this vocal nature has since become one of her greatest strengths as she works to solidify herself as one of the hottest On-Air Personalities at WGCI radio station. Back home at 9Mag where Charmaine still works as the shop’s manager when she’s not at the radio station, things have grown increasingly tense among the shop’s popular artists. Caught in the middle of the mounting tension, Charmaine finds herself acting as a mediator, voicing opposing views to a team that no longer listens to each other. When she’s not charming the city of Chicago over the airwaves or being the voice of reason among the escalating egos at the shop, Charmaine’s personal life is thriving, having found love in a new man, Neek. Charmaine truly has a lot to talk about these days, but her biggest challenge is balancing everything and finding a way to have it all..or risk straining her voice and relationships to their limits.
Danielle is 9Mag's receptionist. Her parents taught her long ago that family is everything, which makes her devotion to 9Mag bulletproof. Danielle is Kat's best friend from college, and Charmaine's cousin. Despite the escalating tension between both of her BFFs, Danielle manages to at least try to keep the peace. After Danielle's near romance with Ryan, she has rekindled her relationship with Terrence, and things are moving fast. Danielle is the type of girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind, and who will do anything to protect her 9Mag family.
Ashley has lost weight and is feeling great. She got a ring on it and is proudly bearing the name Mrs. Brumfield. Now as married life settles in, Ashley has decided to refocus her life away from her corporate job and and instead concentrate her efforts back on her family. How will this changing dynamic affect the newlyweds when Ashley declares she’s quitting her job to be a stay at home mom? The Brumfields, who are still riding high on their marital bliss, are about to discover that even though the problems of their past are behind them, married life presents a whole new set of challenges neither Don nor Ashley are prepared for or ever saw coming.
Hailing from Chicago, and deeply respected in the tattoo game, Jr Diaz is a force to be reckoned with. Elevating himself through art and away from a family history of gang involvement, Jr is as real as it gets. A gifted and driven artist, who’s loyal to a fault and a bit of the class clown, Jr has worked hard to establish himself as one of the top Latin tattoo artists in the country. Some would argue, however, one of his biggest accomplishments to date is the respect he’s earned as the first accepted “new” member of 9 Mag. Even though Jr’s been accepted by the 9Mag team, he will soon find his loyalty tested and his own position challenged when rides hard for his boss, Ryan. As old rivalries and new alliances are formed, will Jr be able to defend his seat at the table, or will he be removed by the O.G’s of 9 Mag?
They say lightning never strikes twice, but apparently, Cobras do. A vicious and meticulous artist, Cobra has never backed down from anyone or anything even when the numbers are against her. After a rough start with the team at 9Mag, Cobra returned to Texas where her father reminded her to never give up on her dreams. A few months later, tragedy struck Cobra’s life when her father suddenly passed away. Now fueled by her father’s lasting words, Cobra has returned to Chicago, ready to prove to 9 Mag and the world that she is the real deal!
Young, stunningly beautiful and armed with a mind for business and an attitude to match, Nikki is the perfect match for artistic Phor. Last summer, Nikki proved to everyone she was the new woman in Phor’s life and she’s here to stay. While confident in her position as the object of Phor’s affection, recent events have caused Nikki’s jealousy to grow as her expectations of what she wants from him become clearer and clearer. Now that Nikki has moved her growing hair salon business into the same building as 9Mag, it makes one wonder if this was all in an attempt to keep an eye on her man and his new image as a Hip Hop heartthrob? Will Phor’s increasing status as a sex symbol shake Nikki’s faith in their developing relationship or will she take drastic action to cement herself as the emerging Hip Hop King’s true Queen?
Charmaine’s "better half,” Neek Bey is confident, secure, and has a secret formula in to handling Charmaine’s antics and the rest of the Black Ink Crew.
New to a tightknit group of friends and artists with huge personalities, Lily's going to need to find a way to fit in among the opinionated crew. Not only does her "take no sh*t" attitude get her by in this male dominated tattoo industry but her good looks are a threat to the other woman in the shop. At a young age, Lily lost her father to the Mexican cartel. Lily's loss has only given her more drive to become the best artist she could possibly be. Being the one who provides for her mother, Lily has no time to waste on drama. Lily is all about her art, with tattooing and painting being her mediums of choice. After growing up in Chicago, Lily traveled around the states trying to find her place in the world as an artist and she's recently moved back to Chicago in an effort to reconnect with her family. Now that she's back in Chicago and has linked up with Ryan Henry, she must prove her worth among the 9 Mag crew. Will the other artists accept her or will they just see her as Ryan bringing new faces into the circle?