- 04:23S1 E1Black Ink IntroductionsMeet the employees of Black Ink and learn what Black Ink means to them.01/07/2013
- 01:40S1 E3Alex and Teddy KissAfter the fashion show, Alex and Teddy have a makeout session.01/21/2013
- 03:05S1 E4Ceaser Tattoos VadoWhile Dutchess deals with a picky client, Ceaser tattoos hip-hop artist Vado.01/28/2013
- 02:40S1 E5O'S**t Is Back!O'S**t returns to Black Ink and is warmly greeted by everyone. They tell him about the upcoming tattoo convention is Las Vegas.02/04/2013
- 03:24S1 E5Black Ink Gets VandalizedWalt find the awning of Black Ink slashed. Ceaser becomes upset and later Dutchess has a meltdown.02/04/2013
One thing's for sure, wherever the artist formerly known as O' S**t goes, trouble is sure to follow. Whether breaking up fights with his baby mamas, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, O'S**t's life is always interesting.
Born in the Bronx and raised in New York and South Carolina, O' S**t is a former college athlete, who tore his ACL early in his college sports career. His injury ended his football career and he turned to his love of artwork. For O' S**t, tattooing is all about the art. He has been by Ceaser's side since the beginning, as a co-worker, and as a friend.
O' S**t's struggle with substance abuse has been a tough one for him, but after getting sober in California and meeting the love of his life there, Nikki, O'S**t has a new outlook on life and a new name—Richard.
Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Melody moved to New York to fulfill her dream of being a successful artist in the big city. She got even more than she hoped for when she met the love of her life Lalo and had a son. Melody's eclectic personality draws in all sorts of clients, from drag queens to the girl next door. While her artistic style is realistic, her tattoos often express spiritual themes that serve as sources of strength for her clients. She brings a fresh perspective to the crew, and she isn't afraid to say what everyone else is thinking.
Melody’s art continues to thrive, and her son is growing up beautifully, but Melody still feels incomplete. Questioning her own roots, she sets out to find the family she never knew -- not just for herself, but for her son. Melody knows it takes a village to raise a child, but her family’s past isn’t all good. They’ve disowned her mother already, but Melody hopes that years have softened them. Will she be the one to bring generations together? Or will she find out the hard way that what you want isn’t always what you need?
Jadah Blue is the life of the party, but cross her the wrong way, and she will put up a fight- after all, she is a former boxer.
When Jadah enters a room, she has heads turning, and by the time she leaves, without a doubt everyone knows who she is.
Jadah has a spitfire personality, and is quick to put everyone in their place. Don't mess with this firecracker, she has no shame confronting anyone who gives her attitude.
Tokie is a new addition to the shop and recently moved to New York from Houston. Tokie is bubbly, hard-working and wants nothing more than to become a tattoo apprentice. After seeing her body paint art skills, Ceaser determines that she might be able to tattoo one day, but for now, the shop needs a receptionist more than anything. Tokie must prove herself to Ceaser and the crew before moving up the ladder.
Seasons 5 + 6
Raised in Dallas Texas, Kevin recently moved to New York to fulfill a lifetime goal of being a tattoo artist in NYC. With five brothers and sisters, Kevin always looked for ways to stand out. In high school, Kevin made his clothes to separate himself from the crowd and eventually enrolled at the Art Institute in Dallas where he majored in fashion design but left the program when a friend of his asked him to give him a tattoo one night, and after that, Kevin never looked back.
Kevin brings a fresh swag to Black Ink with his signature photorealism style and loves the tattoo medium because his clients "wear" his art. Don't confuse Kevin's southwest charm for being slow-paced because Kevin is always ready to turn up and join the party!
Born and raised down the block from Black Ink, Sassy is a neighborhood girl who walks the walk, and talks the talk. Whether it is modeling for Urban Ink Magazine, or helping out backstage at a fashion show, Sassy's style and magnetic energy draw people her way.
Sassy quit Black Ink a while back, and though she tried to remain neutral, her loyalty lies with Puma. Sassy made the move with Puma over to Art2Ink, and has continued to play a role in the development of the new business, as their Manager.
Dutchess is a Southern Belle, a Daddy's girl, and a force to be reckoned with. Since graduating at the top of her class and earning a business degree, Dutchess has been taking the world by storm. Whether it's a modeling gig in Paris, or tattooing celebrity clientele, Dutchess always has her eye on the prize.
Dutchess is engaged to Black Ink boss Ceaser, she recently made some boss moves of her own by opening the tattoo shop, Pretty in Ink, in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Splitting time between North Carolina and New York has been challenging for Dutchess, but she's committed to making it—and her relationship—work.
Tiffany Perez was born and raised in Paterson, NJ and started tattooing at the age of 21 after her father bought her a tattoo gun for her birthday. Dutchess prevented Tiffany from previously working at Black Ink, but now she's back and ready to prove she deserves to be on staff.
Having worked for many years in the male-dominated tattoo industry, Tiffany has learned how to go after what she wants and isn't afraid to go toe to toe with the guys in the shop—or the females in the shop, for that matter.
A Domincan-American raised in the Bronx, Kathie is a writer, painter and advocate for meditation and self-enlightenment. She is dedicated to her son, Achilles and is unafraid to stand up to Achilles' father, O'Sh*t to make sure he keeps up with his daddy duties. Kathie is currently teaching self-awareness and healing through various eastern spirituality practices such as meditation, yoga and the manifestation of intention.
Naeem is one of Puma's new artists at Art2Ink. A veteran in the tattoo world, Naeem's reputation proceeds him. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Naeem specializes in realism and portraits.
Naeem is close friends with Puma's other new artist, Phoenix, and despite the rivalry between Art2Ink and Black Ink, Naeem and Phoenix maintain a good relationship with the Black Ink Crew as well.
Naeem has an 8 month old daughter with his girlfriend, Alexis. His daughter changed his life, and now all of Naeem's focus is on providing a better life for his child. Naeem is dedicated to his craft and strives to be the best tattoo artist in the game.
Phoenix is one of Art2Ink's new artists. Raised in the streets of Brooklyn, Phoenix had a rough childhood, constantly moving from home to home. Despite his tumultuous past, Phoenix was inspired to pursue a more legit career in tattooing after the birth of his daughter. Phoenix is a great father to five children…three girls and two boys. He aims to show them the childhood he never had.
Phoenix is laid back and easy-going. He and Naeem have known one another for five years. Before coming to Art2Ink, Phoenix worked at a shop called Inktastic in Brooklyn. Phoenix has had to overcome several obstacles throughout his life but he continues to persevere and work towards the best life for him and his family.
Seasons 1 + 2
As the former receptionist of Black Ink, Alex brought that "fire" to the shop. This little firecracker is of Dominica decent and is proud of it, as she has "Dominican Blood" tattooed across her chest.
Alex has an opinion about everything which is why she and Ceaser were constantly butting heads when it came to Alex's strong artistic opinions.
As a side hustle, Alex models in various publications and has graced the cover of both Inked and Urban Ink.