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S9 • E22
Battle of the Tattoo TitansCeaser organizes an epic tattoo battle between New York, Chicago and Compton to determine the top artist of the whole franchise, with Ryan and KP joining him as judges.05/09/2022
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S9 • E21
Show Up to ShowdownThe Compton and Chicago crews join the fray in Atlanta, Bae meets Jay's buddies, the Black Ink family turns up at the After Dark party, and Ceaser proposes a Battle of the Tattoo Titans.05/02/2022
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S9 • E20
Black Ink MilwaukeeWhile Ceaser, Spyder, Puma and Ted are in Milwaukee to check out their new Black Ink location and host its grand opening, the rest of the crew plays hooky to go to a wine tasting.04/25/2022
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S9 • E19
Tooth or ConsequencesBae's mom comes for a visit and meets her new boyfriend, Ted worries about Ceaser's response as his acting career takes off, and Rok suffers a dental mishap during guys' night out.04/18/2022
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S9 • E18
Bae's BaeCeaser refocuses on expanding his Black Ink empire, Bae's secret relationship comes to light, Van interviews new talent for the shop, and Ceaser confronts Alex about a social media post.04/11/2022
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S9 • E17
EquanimityAlex creates a special equanimity space at the Brooklyn shop, former 9MAG artist Van joins Black Ink, Puma takes his family on a glamping trip, and Ceaser tattoos rapper BRS Kash.04/04/2022
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S9 • E16
Silicone ValleyCeaser's woes about his daughter are compounded by Suzette's dire medical news, Puma receives an exciting gift from Tyree, Ted's prank backfires, and Spyder throws a masquerade ball.03/28/2022
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S9 • E15
Black Is BeautifulCeaser recruits an old friend to spearhead a Black Ink Is Beautiful ad campaign, Spyder anxiously awaits his MRI results, and multiple family emergencies shock the crew.03/21/2022
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S9 • E14
Customer Service 101Bae is under fire for making a Black client feel bad about her complexion, Ted looks to launch Krystal's burgeoning rap career, and Spyder finally gets answers about his illness.03/14/2022
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S9 • E13
Not Another Team BuildingPuma is torn between business in New York and Quani's desire to move to Atlanta, Bae organizes a unity walk against racism, and the men and women face off in a tattoo battle of the sexes.03/07/2022
Ceaser is the owner and creator of the Black Ink brand. From its inception in Harlem, New York, Ceaser dreamed of turning his business into an empire, and he's accomplishing his dream one expansion at a time. With seven shops open across the U.S., and two new locations in Houston and Milwaukee, big boss Ceaser doesn't plan on stopping. After the 113th shop permanently closed, Ceaser turned the Brooklyn shop into the flagship. During the pandemic, Ceaser stepped back to focus on his personal life in Atlanta with his new boo Suzette, who has been his rock for over a year and stood by his side at his lowest moments. Although his empire is flourishing, Ceaser remains silent as he watches his personal and business relationships crumble from the allegations made about him in the blogs by his ex-girlfriend Crystal and their daughter. To combat the negative press and clear his name, Ceaser addresses the allegations head-on at a press conference. Although Ceaser hopes telling his side of the story will be the answer to all his problems, it ultimately leads to more problems with his daughter, which he was desperate to avoid. Ceaser begins to feel the pressure of being a business owner and having a broken relationship with his daughter. He breaks up with Suzette so he can put his focus on being the best person he can be for himself, his community, businesses and family. Ceaser does his best to show up for each Black Ink shop and gives them all the unique attention they need -- only asking for their loyalty in return. When the entire Atlanta shop attends his nemesis's tattoo convention representing the Black Ink brand, Ceaser bosses up and fires them all. With the Atlanta shop empty, Ceaser asks his New York crew to fly to Atlanta and bring more business to the shop because Black Ink is a family, and every shop represents one another. Ceaser brings together the entire Black Ink family to prove they are stronger together. After hosting everyone and giving back to the community, Ceaser challenges Brooklyn, Chicago and Compton, California, to a battle of the "Tattoo Titans." Will Ceaser be able to pull off his biggest plan to date? When needle touches skin, who will ink the crown for their city? Or will their homegrown egos tear down everything Ceaser has worked so hard to build?
With the closing of the 113th shop and the demands placed on the crew at the new Brooklyn flagship store, Ceaser expects Puma to show up in person and be the boss. But leaving the safety of his family quarantine bubble in a pandemic puts a strain on Puma's mental health. Hesitant to step back into the real world, Puma must figure out a way to juggle his wife Quani, their two kids, being a boss at Black Ink, running his own empire and keeping his family safe. After their three-month stay in Atlanta, Quani got a taste of Southern hospitality and wants to move her family there as soon as possible! With Puma, the head of the household, feeling the pressure, he struggles to decide between uprooting his family from everything they know or making his wife happy. Puma develops a rewarding partnership with Chace Village owner Tyree in Atlanta. As a thank you for Puma's dedication to Chace Village and to support the organization's vision to become a Silicon Valley for Black creatives, Tyree gifts Puma an acre of land, making Puma the first person to own land in his family. With the rest of the bosses handling business out of town, Puma tries to boost the morale in the shop with another Black Ink Battle: Boys vs. Girls. Unfortunately, the competition takes a left turn, and Puma is left to address the issues with colorism and the lack of customer service in the shop. Will Puma put his family plans on hold to continue to build up Black Ink?
Teddy, born and raised in the Bronx, New York, first came to Black Ink after distancing himself from life on the streets. Since then, he's always kept an eye out for his cousin Ceaser. Teddy's role at Black Ink has changed over the years, from shop manager to VP of operations and now president, with financial investments in multiple Black Ink shops. With the street life far behind him, Teddy is on a new level! He spent much of the pandemic growing his flourishing relationship with his wife and investing in music, his second love. Teddy started his music label and management company RGLR LVNG, and invested in a studio space. Things get weird between Teddy and Ceaser after Teddy is a no-show at Ceaser's press conference. Teddy doesn't agree with how Ceasar is handling the situation with Cheyenne, but can he keep it a buck with his cousin without causing strain between them? Teddy becomes a dog dad to Instagram famous puppy Kimchi and delights in spoiling her rotten. When he asks the shop to babysit her while he runs some errands, Kimchi disappears, and they scramble to find her before Teddy returns. With a successful movie premiere under his belt, Teddy decides he likes the way he looks on the big screen. To everyone's surprise, he announces to Ceaser and the crew he is moving to Atlanta to pursue acting full-time. As his personal goals fall into place, will his loyalty to Black Ink and Ceaser ruin the life that Teddy is building?
After struggling with coworker relationships, Tatti has adopted a new Zen personality. Her relationships in the shop have grown, and she is no longer looked at as the bad guy. The pandemic has served as a time of focus, responsibility and hard work for her, and she became a first-time homeowner and grew several of her side businesses, including becoming a personal trainer. Tatti hopes to gain more responsibility at the shop, all while playing surrogate mother to her younger cousins living under her roof. Overwhelmed with trying to juggle it all, Tatti admits to Puma that she is facing serious federal charges in a drug case that threatens her freedom and everything she has worked hard to accomplish. Tatti questions her future at Black Ink after Ceaser tells her she can't own her franchise until her case is closed. Refusing to let her legal situation dictate her life, Tatti moves forward with her career at Black Ink and hopes Ceaser will ultimately see her potential. Will Tatti be found guilty or innocent? Will she continue with Black Ink or have to say goodbye to her franchise dreams?
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Young Bae moved to New York City in 2007, leaving behind an abusive father and a difficult home life in Seoul, South Korea. With only $73 to her name, she made ends meet by taking any job that came her way and using her street smarts and charm to land a job as a tattoo artist, despite never having tattooed in her life. After opening a shop in New York City, Bae balances being a single mother and running her business. Bae must also deal with racist comments, and she stands with the Asian American and Pacific Island community to #StopAsianHate. Bae decides to make a positive impact by organizing a Stop Asian Hate and Black Lives Matter march across the Brooklyn Bridge. During the second Black Ink Battle of the season, things take a wrong turn for Bae when she is accused of making a colorist remark to a client. Feeling ostracized by her crew, Bae takes some time alone but eventually returns to the shop once she accepts that it was a learning experience for everyone involved. Love hits Bae hard from someone she would never expect! After her divorce from Rob, Bae finds herself happy in another relationship with a new boo. Will her unexpected love interest cause a rift with the rest of the cast?
Hailing from his favorite city, Brooklyn, newcomer Spyder is the cover-up tattoo king and the face of the Black Ink Brooklyn shop. Spyder's confidence can be perceived as cockiness, which puts him at odds with Rok and Krystal throughout the season -- but adversity won't stop Spyder from being the best! On a quest to become heir to Ceaser's throne, this Brooklynite is hustling for the lead artist spot. But the journey to lead artist won't be easy. For years, Spyder has dealt with extreme face pain that prevents him from enjoying life. After multiple doctor visits, he gets diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition that affects the nerves in his brain and face. When his supportive wife Desiree pleads with him to take it easy, Spyder must figure out a way to hustle but also take care of his health. Will Spyder's ambition land him the title of lead artist? Or will his bridge-and-tunnel bravado prove to be his downfall?
The artistic bombshell of Black Ink is back! After a rocky start at Black Ink, Krystal has made amends with the ladies of the shop. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Krystal is seriously skilled at tattooing. Now that the 113th shop is closed, Krystal is tattooing at the 125th shop and leading in sales and tattoos. In Atlanta, she beat out Spyder in a tattoo competition, protecting her title as the lead tattoo artist! Tattooing isn't Krystal's only creative outlet -- rapping is a passion of hers that she explores as well. If she proves to Ted that she's serious about music, she might have a shot at being signed to his label! While she ascends the creative world, her relationship with Rok has also reaches new heights. Blending her personal and professional lives can't be easy, especially since she's also been secretly working on pursuing her music dreams. Can this Black Ink newbie have it all?
Rok, a talented and heartfelt artist, is back and ready to make a name for himself in the Black Ink world. After the tragic passing of his father three years ago, Rok is taking on family responsibilities while trying to compete at the 125th shop. Rok is harboring a deep love for Krystal that he's ready to tell the world about -- so much so that he is willing to stand up to anyone who disrespects his woman! Will Rok be able to let Krystal fight her own battles? And can he be the man in the shop and in his relationship?
Alex is one of the best tattoo artists in Brooklyn, but when Donna works her way back into the Black Ink family, Alex struggles with his future in the industry. Fresh from rehab for his bad back, Alex works to recover from his injury. Though he finally makes amends with Ceaser, Alex still has trust issues with his former coworkers. After a rocky trip to Atlanta, Alex returns to the Brooklyn shop without Donna and must navigate his relationship with the crew. When Ceaser makes it clear that Donna is not welcome inside the Black Ink shops, Alex is forced to choose between his relationship and the crew. Alex, determined to protect his peace this season and find calm in chaos, introduces the crew to equanimity. He turns the back of the shop into a green space dubbed the "Dead Ass Garden" with the help of Spyder and Bux, so everyone has somewhere to turn when they need a break from the drama. Will practicing equanimity keep Alex sane or will balancing his relationship with Donna and the Black Ink crew lead him down a dark path?
Quani is Puma's wife. Since the opening of Art2Ink in Harlem, New York, she and their two children, Tamia and Zaiden, have been supporting Puma as he embarks on his new adventure. During quarantine, Quani juggled motherhood and her businesses from home, but New York hasn't felt the same to her. After staying in Atlanta for three months, the Southeast is calling her name. Quani, who wants a slower, more suburban lifestyle as their children grow up, applies pressure on Puma -- she wants to move to Atlanta, and nothing is going to stop her! How will Quani convince Puma that it's time to leave New York City?
Donna's dream was to work at Black Ink, so this Cleveland-born girl packed her bags and said goodbye to the Midwest. After many ups and downs with Ceaser, the two finally came to a mutual respect and understanding. She's in a long-term relationship with fellow tattoo artist Alex, but her anger and conflict at the shop threaten everything she's worked for.