• KPCast Member

    Shop Owner, Tattoo Artist, Rapper

    "Black Ink Crew Compton" follows Danny "KP" Kirkpatrick and his crew at IAM Compton, the first-ever tattoo shop in Compton. Known for its musical influence and iconic street art, Compton is an artistic melting pot ready for the newest tat crew to share their talent.

    KP, famed tattoo artist and visionary, brings his team of artists into the community and uses their creative energy to make a change while creating a "safe zone" in the city he calls home.

    At IAM Compton, KP has assembled a dream team of tattoo artists, friends and new additions to build a trusted family at the shop that has become known as "a crew among gangs." Their mission is to create a movement in Compton through their creative collective by celebrating the talent, passion and rich culture of the community. The crew is here to represent the city in a way that rises above the stereotypes and embraces the rich culture of Compton. The IAM Compton artists confront identity crises and social conflicts by channeling their imaginations into body art and camaraderie, but with the pressure to succeed and represent their home, will they reinvent their community or fail under the pressure?

  • LemeirCast Member

    Tattoo Artist

    Hailing from Philadelphia, Lemeir knows what it takes to make it in a gang-ridden neighborhood. With the allure of fast money and no male role models after his father was imprisoned for murder, Lemeir used his natural entrepreneurial skills to hustle in the streets. After his brother's unexpected death in a car accident, seeing too many friends killed due to violence and serious brushes with the law, Lemeir realized he couldn't take life for granted. Lemeir's big dreams and ambitions led to the creation of Happy Ice, a successful food truck with celeb fans like Angelina Jolie, Travis Barker and Ellen DeGeneres. He met KP at a tattoo convention and decided to bring his East Coast ambition to the West Coast. He plans to take the new tattoo shop to a whole different level -- maybe even having his own stake to claim in it.

  • Vudu DahlCast Member
    Vudu Dahl

    Tattoo Apprentice

    Vudu is a talent anomaly in the tattoo industry. Raised in a religious cult commune near Seattle, Vudu was sheltered from the outside world. She eventually left the cult and brought her talents to Venice, CA. Struggling to make a name for herself as a tattoo artist and model, Vudu works hard to be taken seriously in the industry. Obsessed with art that highlights the female body, sexuality and Asian culture, Vudu is unlike any other artist on the IAM team. As an openly bisexual black female artist covered head to toe with tattoos, Vudu owns every aspect of herself. She's finally experiencing and enjoying life on her own terms. By hiring her as an apprentice, KP armed the team with a sexy secret weapon to draw in a wider range of clientele. Vudu is poised to keep the team on its toes.

  • Ink Drippin'Cast Member
    Ink Drippin'

    Tattoo Artist

    Raised in Compton and blessed with good looks, Ink is a talented, free-spirited playboy who makes the ladies go wild. After a brush with death in a car accident, Ink walked away uninjured and decided to leave behind the traditional trappings of life and pursue his art full-time. Half-black, half-Mexican, Ink was directly impacted by the dangerous feud between the races. His mother was disowned by her entire Mexican family for being with Ink's father. After his parents split when he was eight, Ink sacrificed his childhood to help his single mother raise his younger siblings. Ink uses his art as an outlet and looks up to KP as a big brother, admiring him for bringing something powerful back to their city. Ink is ready and willing to share his talents to make the shop a success.

  • NessieCast Member

    Tattoo Artist

    Nessie is a creative triple threat: tattooist, lyricist and muralist. A recent L.A. transplant from Philly, Nessie is good friends with Lemeir. Raised in the suburbs by a white mother, Nessie was pursuing an education to become a doctor, but that wasn't the life she wanted for herself, so she brought her talents to the West Coast. Despite being a bit of a party girl, Nessie is passionate and strategic about her career moves. Very vocal about women's empowerment and sexism within the tattoo world, Nessie works hard to prove she's just as good as, if not better than, the men. Nessie's driven to make a name for herself in the tattoo industry while shaking things up on the IAM Compton team.

  • TimCast Member

    Shop Manager

    Tim is KP's cousin, right-hand man and loyal to the end. Tim and KP grew up together on the tough streets of Compton with the same opportunities to escape via football. Unlike KP, Tim went on to earn a degree and build a promising career on the gridiron. After playing in a secondary football league, Tim became disenchanted with the politics and fickle nature of the game. He abandoned his football career and returned home to Compton focused on helping KP level up his success in music. Now, Tim is devoted to taking KP's dream to the next level with the launch of the first tattoo shop in Compton. Gang-affiliated but not an active member, Tim stays true to his roots, maintaining relationships with friends who're Bloods and Crips from Compton. Tim's street cred, business acumen and devotion to KP almost guarantees the success of IAM Tattoos. He lives and breathes the IAM Compton brand and will do anything to protect it.

  • BarbieCast Member

    Shop Receptionist

    Barbie is a long-time friend of KP's who sprinkles a whole lot of style, class and sass onto the IAM team. Barbie works hard to bring order and a little turnup to the front desk. Without breaking a nail or moving a hair out of place, Barbie gives 100 percent to the IAM team. Raised by her grandparents and father after being abandoned by a young party-girl mother, Barbie's tough, no-nonsense exterior shields a kind heart. Quick to fire off a blunt opinion and often going toe-to-toe with Tim, Barbie's loyalty to KP is clear.

  • Kyla PrattCast Member
    Kyla Pratt

    Actress, KP's Girlfriend, Silent Partner

    Known as America's favorite child actress, Kyla is the girlfriend of KP and the mother of his children. Also a Compton native, Kyla has stood by her man no matter what the public perception from Hollywood has been. She's an integral part of KP's businesses and is one third of the IAM Compton brand. Her acting career is also at an all-time high. Behind the Disney image she's known for, Kyla is actually a spitfire with a bit of a sailor's mouth. Her sharp wit and boss attitude are nothing to mess around with.

  • DanielleCast Member

    Lemeir's Girlfriend and Business Partner

    Lemeir's high school sweetheart Danielle is the definition of a ride-or-die chick, following him to Compton after he decided to escape the street life in Philly. She helps run his Happy Ice food truck business and is a hustler at heart. Her relationship with Lemeir has had its ups and downs, but now she is pregnant with his child, which means bigger expectations for Lemeir. Will he get down on one knee and propose?