- All right, artists.
You have six hours to tattoo a cover-up.
And your time starts now.
- Let's do it.
- Sweet. - We're gonna stand you up
just how you been, so I can get the stencil in there.
- Let's see how it plays. - Oh, we'll see.
- May the best ladies' team win.
- The best ladies' coach win.
- [laughs] That could still be me too.
- Today, we're testing detail, and the way that detail
works in cover-ups is understanding how to actually
create a cover-up that doesn't look like one.
- Wow. - I don't want to see big black
or dark spots, and they don't need to do a tattoo
six times bigger than the cover-up to make it disappear.
- Shrink it by like 20%.
Because you also see, because of the shape of her body,
your circle doesn't stay a circle.
- My trouble was that if I shrunk it, the whole body
and wing would be black. - Is gonna get real dark?
So then what if you just literally just move
the whole thing down a bit?
- I tried that before.
- And it was just too much on her butt?
- Also, and yeah, it was, it was too much on her butt.
- Okay, so then straight up, lose the circle.
- Don't do a circle?
- Just don't do the circle. - Okay.
- All right, ready? - Yeah.
- So how do--how bad do you hate this?
- How bad do I hate it?
- You think that's a good placement?
- Yeah, it's where the dark is, right?
- Mm-hmm. Typically when you're doing
a tattoo, you want the brightest,
most shining part of the tattoo
in the center, not the darkest in the center.
- In the little spaces in between the kanji, let your
skin rips come through there.
See how this is lighter? Use that to your advantage.
- I have to pull out some tricks
and see what I can do to make it work.
So, the problem I'm running into is, like,
I can't pull it through, like the center of the tattoo,
just because it's gonna start getting in the way.
- The rips don't have to be that long.
Little guys, little, little. - Okay.
Skin rip wouldn't be my first choice, but I'm happy with it.
There's other ones that I wouldn't have wanted.
- Whoo, look at those crispy lines!
Those lines look good.
- I hope so, there's a [bleep] lot of them.
The most difficult aspect of this tattoo is just
getting it done in six hours.
Because the cover-up itself will be the body of the owl,
and then proportionately, the wings are gonna have to be
this [bleep] big.
I'm taking a huge risk right now,
and if it doesn't pay off,
I'm gonna be [bleep].
- There's one tattoo on the girls' team that is
[bleep] strange as shit.
- Name names, name names, who is it?
- What is her name? What is her name?
Cheetah print girl.
- Holli, doing another owl?
- [blows raspberry] Yeah.
It's bad, bad, bad. - Really?
- Holli's design is screwed from the beginning.
The stick growing out of this woman's ass.
- Feels like it's like, right on my butt crack.
- It almost is.
- Girl, I have no idea what you were going for.
- Four hours remaining.
Four hours remaining.
- Did exactly what you told me not to do.
- You are just the most exquisite listener
I have ever met in my life. You are.
- I want to prove to myself that I can do this,
that I can do a good tattoo, a solid tattoo.
Throughout my career, I've been told that I won't get
that far and all that stuff. - Yeah.
- So, am I brave enough to step forward and be vulnerable?
And I think that is a huge thing for me.
- Intruder alert.
- What is that, [bleep] turd boy?
- Now you're supposed to respect your elders.
- I show respect to those who
show me respect, regardless of age.
I'm attempting to do a 12-hour half sleeve in six hours.
If I don't have the pedal to the medal the entire time,
there's not a chance in hell I'm gonna finish this thing.
Dude, I'm not here for the [bleep] bullshit.
Not--not today. I'm over it.
- That's two hours, two hours left.
- Shit looks [bleep] solid.
There's a cover-up in there? What?
- I think the girls underestimate my ability
as a tattoo artist, and gave me the "realistic"
skull because they wanted to see if I could do it.
I could do this with my eyes closed.
Thanks, girls. Home run.
My parents were off the boat.
You know, I'm first generation American.
I come from a long line of artists on my dad's side.
Like, if you go back to Italy, like, everyone in my family's
an artist, you know?
They support me in everything I do.
I feel blessed.
- And I just hope I can do the same for my kids.
- There's [bleep] bad-ass tattoos being done here.
- No, you've got an eagle that's too big over here
that's really an owl.
You've got a way too big a face lion.
- Oh, yeah, honey? You want me to tell you something?
- And you've got a--no. - Oh, no, don't hit me.
- You've got a tree branch growing out of an
[bleep] over there.
- Yeah. - And you let her tattoo that?
- You better be careful about your coach, because that's what
he's all right with.
- I'm just tattooing.
- That owl's got to be sitting on something.
- My owl is flying.
- Yeah, your owl is gonna fly right out
of here with his luggage.
- I'm gonna need six more hours, at least six more
hours to finish it.
- Five, four, three, two, one.
That's it. Machines down. Time is up.
No more ink.
- [sighs, laughs]
Pfff. All right.
That's it, man. I am done, like, abusing you.
- All right, man. - I love his teeth.
- So awesome. Those eyes are ridiculous.
- Jason, what up, brother?
How you feeling?
- I feel like I ran out of [bleep] time on that thing.
It ended up being too [bleep] big, man.
For as big as it needed to be.
- I think Cam might have went too big also.
- Really? Get out, dude.
- That mane, I'm actually really nervous for him.
- No shit? - You have to remember,
there's only eight of us now.
Three of us are going down.
I don't know if that was a top five tattoo.