The battle for $100,000 begins as new artists compete in the most intense Flash Challenge to date; the competition heats up when the first veteran artist returns seeking revenge.
Egos collide when the artists get their hands dirty in a team Flash Challenge; another veteran returns.
Some of the artists have a tough time working in teams of two for the Flash Challenge; a veteran artist schemes to take back control.
The artists face the most extreme test of detail ever attempted; a veteran artist returns and sparks old rivalries.
The artists use plenty of color during a contortionist body painting Flash Challenge; a veteran artist returns and adds a new-school twist to an old subject.
Bonds are tested and new alliances are formed during an intense Flash Challenge; a veteran joins the New Artist Alliance to take down a common enemy.
Alliances are broken during an intense Flash Challenge; a veteran artist returns to prove his merit through the ultimate precision test.
The artists are pushed to their limits in the Flash Challenge; the final veteran artist returns to the competition for a challenge in legibility.
The remaining artists work in pairs to execute large-scale back tattoos, testing texture and each other's nerves.
Alliances are tested for the remaining six artists when they have to complete tattoos in teams of three.
The stakes are high when the artists must ink the ultimate in-your-face tattoo; rival alliances vie for control of the game.
The tables are turned on the veterans when the new artists call the shots in the Elimination Tattoo and finally get their revenge; the battle for a spot in the live finale is more intense than ever before
The final three Artists reveal two 24-hour master canvases. Eliminated Artists return to confront each other live for the first time since the competition. America helps crown the winner of $100k and the title of Ink Master.