[overlapping chatter] – Hello, Memphis! [crowd screaming] – We have two amazing tattoo
artists right here, ready to do some awesome work for you guys! [cheering] – Over here,
we have Nickole Ashlock! [cheering] – And on this side,
we have one of “Ink Master” Season 8’s fiercest
competitors, Nikki Simpson! [cheering] – At the end of this tattoo,
we’re gonna need your help. Each one of you gets to pick
which tattoo you think is best. [cheering] – Okay, you guys have
six hours to tattoo. And your time starts now. [ambient music] – Do you like how high up
it is, everything with that? – Yeah.
– Okay, you ready? – Mm-hmm. – It’s a little
crazy with the people. Just tune out their voices.
All right, are you ready? – I am.
– All right. ♪ ♪ – So,
you’re doing black and grey? – Black and grey, and glowing
red where her heart would be. I included a lot of different
elements in this tattoo to help show the story of what my
canvas wants to convey. I can’t just move fast. I have to make sure that
every single thing is perfect. [suspenseful music] ♪ ♪ – So, the color that
you’re going to be putting in is going to be all
the floral crown coming down? – Yeah. – And you’re gonna leave
the lion face black and grey? – Yes. I am doing a tattoo that mixes
realism with illustrative. It’s more of a challenge,
just because I have to find a way to make those
two different styles combine and be,
like, flawless. – So, this is your first time
tattooing in front of a big, live crowd?
– Yeah, it’s pretty loud. (laughs)
– It’s intimidating. – I’m used to like,
walking out, talking, or music, not this much noise. – Yeah. ♪ ♪ – The crowd and the noise are really getting to me,
and it’s really distracting. – People are saying my name,
and I’m like, what? I’ve had people watch,
you know? Quite a few people,
but never this many. – Right. – Nickole has barely competed.
This is a huge crowd of people. – She looked a little
nervous at the start. – But Nikki does
this thing all the time. She’s had her game
face on the whole time. She’s like a machine.
– Trying to beat the clock. – You worried about time?
– Slightly. – What are you planning
on doing with the red? – Once all the shading is done,
then I’m gonna make a decision. The color in my tattoo
is really important. It can’t really stand alone
as a black and grey tattoo. I may have bit off way
more than I can chew. – Two hours left.
– Oh my God! – Oh, I am really worried
about Nikki finishing. She’s making plans
to not put the red in. – That red glow is
pretty pivotal to the tattoo. – It’s really important. If she has to change the plan, she has to the change the way
other things are rendered. – She might already
be too far to go back. [suspenseful music]