– All right. You girls ready to see
what New Mexico has in store? – Hell, yeah.
– You’re from the Southwest. What’s going on down here? – Well, there’s a lot
of bitey things, a lot of dangerous things. It gets hot. It can be
miserably intimidating just to walk out your door, so hopefully the artists
are the same way. [rock music] ♪ ♪ – I’m Jessie C,
and I’ve been tattooing for three and a half years. I specialize in color
and new-school tattoos. A lot of people
are intimidated by the fact that I am a strong female, and I’m not just a female,
I’m a great artist too. – Hey.
– Hi. – Hi, there.
– Hello. – What’s up?
– My name’s Jessie. I’ve only been tattooing
for three and a half years, so I’m the new kid
on the block, pretty much,
here in Albuquerque. I had to get good
really quickly. I have two little kids.
I’m a single mom. – Have you developed
a particular style you like in this time? – I’m more of
a new-school artist. – New school, ooh.
– I, too, dabble, yeah. – You’ve been one of
my biggest inspirations, to tell you the truth,
so I’m excited for this opportunity. [rock music] ♪ ♪ – I’m Don Hawkins, and I’ve been tattooing
for five years. I’m a black-and-gray realism
tattoo artist. What sets me apart
from other tattoo artists in the city
is my competitive nature. I haven’t been doing this long,
but I’m pretty damn good. Yo, what’s happening? – Oh.
– Hey. – Hey.
– Oh, superstar, look at you. – Not trying to make this
easy on me, huh? – Mr. Don, we know each other. – She’s the best new-school
artist in town for sure. – This is interesting already. – Tell us a little bit
about yourself. – I’m a semi-pro
football-playing tattoo artist. – Same.
– [laughs] I realized professional football
wasn’t for me, and I landed back
on my first love, which is art. – So you guys are pretty
comfortable with multitasking, is what I’m hearing
from both of you. – I can change a diaper
and tattoo at the same time. I got this. [rock music] ♪ ♪ – My name is Chris Partain. I’ve been tattooing
for 26 years. Known for a solid tattoo
with no frills, really, not a lot of magic,
just a solid tattoo. I’m a tattoo grandfather.
I’m, like, a– at this point, I’m a veteran. Everybody in
the tattoo community knows who I am because I
started the first shop in town. – Here’s your competitor.
– Hey. – Hello. Hi, you guys.
– Hi. – Hi.
– Hey, kiddos, how we doing? – Reputation precedes you,
my friend. – What is that reputation? – He’s been around Albuquerque
for a long time. – I started working
in Albuquerque. There was only one tattoo shop. There’s 80-something shops now. – So how’s that been,
watching, like, an entire tattoo culture kind
of, like, rise up around you? – I feel like
the proud grandpa. – That rules, dude.
– Yeah. – Yeah, the more the merrier. – You guys are a veritable
rainbow of experience, so I’m pretty excited
about this. – Before we get
this competition started, we have a very special surprise
for you guys. – Oh. – You’re gonna find
we love surprises. – We have invited a guest Angel
to help us judge. – Oh, no. – She competed on “Ink Master”
season six. She has a whopping 15 years
of experience as a tattooer. [suspenseful music] Duffy Fortner. – Yeah.
– Awesome. Awesome. – Hey, what’s up?
– Hey, guys. – Oh, my God.
– How’s it going? – Good.
– Good. – You guys thought
three sets of eyes were gonna be tough. Welcome the number four. – Oh, yeah. – Not a lot of people
get this opportunity. You will come out
a better artist. I’m living proof. – Awesome.
– All right. So here’s how the competition’s
gonna go down. There’s gonna be two
elimination tattoos, and one artist is gonna
be eliminated each round. Whoever survives that madness
will face off against one of us Angels,
and if you can beat one of us, you get a spot on “Ink Master”
and a shot at $100,000. – Awesome.
– Yay! – All right.
– Very cool. – All right, you guys
are gonna have two hours to complete your tattoos today. – Oh, God.
– And… Duffy as a guest judge
isn’t the only bomb that’s getting dropped today. – What else you got? – The first atomic bomb
was dropped in New Mexico in 1945 as a test run. Today, you guys are gonna be
tattooing mushroom clouds. – Oh, okay.
– Goodness. – Okay. – We’re gonna be looking
at your style, your shading, your outline,
and your overall application. – Quality, guys.
Clean line work. Smooth shading. If it doesn’t have
either one of those, then I’m not even gonna
look any further. – Duffy’s the bad cop.
– I like having her here. – Keep in mind you guys have
one shot to show us your best because one of you is going to
be eliminated today. – Oh, goodness. – Your canvases have been
randomly assigned, and they are completely open. Go get set up,
and we’ll send them in. – Awesome.
– Yes, let’s go. – All right.
– Whoo! [rock music] ♪ ♪ – I’m gonna epically rock
this thing, and you guys are gonna
be so embarrassed. – You think you’re gonna be
able to get more than a outline done in two hours? – Kids, keep it down.
Dad’s gonna get mad. – What’s going on? I’m David.
– Hey. Pretty good. – Chris.
– Nice to meet you, Colin. – Nice to meet you, dude.
How’s it going, man? – Are you freaking ready
for this, dude? – I am super excited.
– All right. You guys have two hours
to complete mushroom cloud tattoos,
any style, and your time starts now. [rock music] – Ready for your mind
to be blown? – I am ready. – Mushroom cloud tattoos
are really difficult because there’s
a very good chance they’re just gonna look like
apocalyptic broccoli. – Fabulous. – There are sonic booms,
debris that go flying. You need to think
about other things that you can include to show the absolute destruction
of a mushroom cloud. – All right, man, let us begin. [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ There’s not gonna be a lot
of black outline, but we gotta make sure
we get her colored in there. – Absolutely. [tattoo machine buzzing] – I know doing a big tattoo
is a huge risk, but I’m feeling very confident. I do big pieces all the time. [tattoo machine buzzing] ♪ ♪ [uncertain music] What do you like better?
You like sports or art? – Sports.
– Yeah? Art was always
my number-one love, but football was my way to get to college,
to get a free education. But you do know
you can do both, right? – Yeah. – You don’t have to do
just one. I want my son to know he doesn’t have to make
the same choice. With hard work and dedication,
anything is possible. [tattoo machine buzzing] – How are you feeling
about time? – I’m definitely giving you
guys a poker face right now. – Sure. Well, thank God
you went real small. – [laughs]
– [laughs] – ♪ I want to make you
[indistinct] ♪ ♪ I want to, I want to ♪ ♪ Make it on my own ♪ – All right, you guys,
you have one hour left. – [bleep]. I’m going with
a new-school tattoo. It definitely gives me
the opportunity to show my creative skills. Kicking ass, taking names. [mellow music] All right, kids,
monster pancakes? – We could make it purple
by mixing. – What colors make purple,
babe? – Blue and red.
– Cool. Being a mom has been one of
the biggest gifts in my life. Those kids have brought out
the best in me. Oh, fabulous! I’ve had so many clients
from my kids’ school because my daughter sits there,
and she’s like, “My mom is the best
tattoo artist, and I’m gonna be
just like her,” and it literally rips me
to shreds inside because I couldn’t be
more proud to know that. – Oh, no!
– [laughs] [tattoo machine buzzing] – That’s a clever idea.
– Color’s where it’s at. I live and breathe this stuff
most days, so decided to kind of
show you guys, make you a little nervous too,
maybe, hmm? Huh? Maybe? Maybe? ♪ ♪ – Like, the last
couple years, dude, I went through
a real dark, crazy time. Went through a crazy divorce
and all that and didn’t deal with it
so well, questioning everything
in my life and everything. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna
tattoo anymore still. ♪ ♪ When you get a divorce
and you think you’ll never love again,
the universe will lay this little nugget
in front of you. I have a awesome girlfriend. – I believe in you.
I’ve always believed in you. – Well, thank God
somebody does. – [laughs]
– She was a godsend. This is the perfect opportunity
to show the people that counted me out,
they thought I was done, [bleep] off,
I’m not going anywhere. [tattoo machine buzzing] – Can definitely tell
you’re not afraid of the black. – No, I’m definitely
all about it. You gotta be. I know the fundamentals
of tattooing. This tattoo will look like this
in 20 years, 30 years,
40 years down the road. There’s no way I can let
these kids take me out, man. I got way too much to prove. [dramatic music] ♪ ♪ – Five. Four. Three. Two. One. That’s it. Stop tattooing. – [sighs] That’s a wrap, dude.
Hey, give me an elbow. – All right. – That’s it. All done. – Look at that. – Some new school, man,
with your old school. – I know. – Right there,
you got me juicing again. [laughs] – You slayed it on that size.
I’m [bleep] impressed. I mean,
for somebody who’s okay. – Yeah, you know.
– [laughs] [dramatic music] – I’m pretty happy
with what I’ve seen here in Albuquerque so far. – I really like Don’s. The design
was really interesting because he has
a little girl’s silhouette, foreground, middle ground,
background. – That outline was beautiful
as opposed to Chris’ tattoo. – You can see that he went
into there and built up some lines,
which broke my heart. – And unnecessary. – But, in terms of creativity,
his design was awesome. I did not like Jessie’s. – The spout on the bottle,
I love that ’cause you get the impression
that spout actually kind of bubbles up. – But in the fade in her cloud,
I don’t want to see every time you changed
your color. That’s gotta be gradual,
and if you’re not confident that you can do that,
then don’t do it. – She did a lot of really good
things that are almost there. – So, who outweighs who? – I thought the whole point
of today’s tattoo was supposed to be
a mushroom cloud, not jars. – At least I executed it well. I can’t say the same
for Mr. Partain. – You’re kidding yourself. – Not one good, clean part
about it. – You did a tattoo this big, and you couldn’t involve
one clean line in it. – I for sure did, dude. – You were freaking out.
– Absolutely. – Hey, guys. We want in on the convo. – I mean, I feel like
I’m in the safe zone, so that’s between them. – All right, Mr. Big Shot. – As far as the mushroom cloud,
I hit that. Not a jar. – My style’s pretty funky
and out there, and, you know, I really wanted to bring that
to the table. – You all took your own
creative take on this, which we love. – But unfortunately,
only one of you can win. The winner of today’s
elimination tattoo is…