Black Anchor on thin ice: Locals advance on SpikeTV’s ‘Ink Master: Shop Wars’ – Hesperia Star

Martial Haprov For the Daily Press

As the competition grew and some new faces entered the fray, tattoo artists were met with a challenge of their basic fundamentals on this weeks episode of "Ink Master: Shop Wars" on SpikeTV.

With one shop going home last week, a new element was introduced to the game in Week 2: Each time a shop is eliminated, a new shop will enter the competition. In a series twist, each new entering shop will include an artist who competed in a previous season of "Ink Master" but failed to win.

Old Town Ink of Scottsdale, Arizona, featuring artist Bubba Irwin from Season 4 and partner and well-known tattoo artist DJ Tambe joined shop competition this week.

Carlos Rojas and Aric Taylor of Hesperias Black Anchor Collective tattoo shop remained in the contest after a grueling first week of challenges, and Rojas wasted no time in attempting to build a stable of fellow shops within the competition.

On Tuesday nights episode, the second in this ninth season of the series, Rojas pitched a joining of forces of sorts between Black Anchor, Unkindness Art and Allegory Art.

I think everybody sitting in this room is the best (of the) competitors, Ulyss Blair of Allegory said to Rojas and Taylor and the artists from Unkindness.

Rojas echoed the sentiment, saying they should have each others backs until theyre the three shops remaining, then it becomes a real competition.

In this weeks flash challenge, shops were charged with creating a design on a 10-foot-by-10-foot white canvas using only colored Post-It notes 50,000 of which were provided at each station to outline and layer in building a distinctive piece of art in five hours.

Similar to the two flash challenges in Week 1, Black Anchors finished piece was called remedial and childish. Their design of a ship sinking in the ocean left a large untouched white space for the sky, which left judges musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro and renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez of Miami Ink and Oliver Peck of Elm Street Tattoo questioning their ability to fully visualize and implement a quality piece.

Ultimately, it was new entrants Old Town Ink who won the challenge and earned the right to assign the human canvases to each shop in the elimination tattoo challenge.

The rules of the elimination tattoo also focused on basic fundamentals: Create a design using only black lineart no color and no shading to match the request of each of the people being tattooed, otherwise referred to as the canvases in the challenge.

In having the power of assignment for this weeks permanent ink faceoff, Taylor told viewers Old Town screwed Black Anchor and painted a proverbial target on their backs as Irwin and Tambe handed Rojas and Taylor what all the artists deemed as the toughest tattoo.

Their canvas, a woman, wanted an anatomical black heart sprouting a tree; on one side of the tree the leaves will be a little more full, on the other side leaves will be falling off, with birds coming out of it on her outer thigh.

Black Anchor, both these guys are known around the world, they have a well-known shop, so were coming out swinging, Irwin said in reference to his placing the tough tattoo with the Hesperia artists.

After a grueling five-hour tattoo, judges werent impressed with Rojas and Taylors attempt to utilize their skill in lineart.

Black Anchor was criticized on their design being flat and basic and spending too much time on lines within the heart.

This weeks challenge, according to Nunez, came down to who could show line art fundamentals and whoever doesnt have the cleanest line work is going home, he told artists during the official critique.

But luckily for Black Anchor, judges saw a lack of realism and form in the tiger Marked Society drew and inked, and they instead were sent packing.

Rojas and Taylor safely moved on as they compete with the other shops to win $200,000, a feature in Inked Magazine and the inaugural title of Master Shop as "Ink Masters: Shop Wars" continues at 10 p.m. Tuesday on Spike TV.

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Black Anchor on thin ice: Locals advance on SpikeTV's 'Ink Master: Shop Wars' - Hesperia Star