Reality Check: Gums and tongue tattoos on 'Ink Master'
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What better place than Coney Island's old freak show to freak out some of the artists on "Ink Master" (Spike, Tuesdays)? Contestants were asked to do 30-minute tattoos on human canvases' gums and tongues.
The theme this week was "texture," and dealing with the unusual nature of the surfaces was clearly a challenge. Clint Cummings pooh-poohed the difficulty, claiming he has done many of these: "I've been in plenty of people's mouths."
Brookline artist Sarah Miller did an admirable job in this flash challenge, but Mr. Cummings was as good as his word, winning it.
Later, he described his overall game plan: to use his power of matching artists to human canvases for the elimination challenge to get rid of Ms. Miller.
But his plan backfired. Ms. Miller showed skill in texture and working in black and gray, creating a horror tattoo with depth. She didn't win the round but was generally praised.
Mr. Cummings, meanwhile, was up for elimination with his weak effort. He and another of Ms. Miller's nemeses, Kay Kutta, lived to tattoo another day as Tray Benham -- after suffering a medical emergency -- was sent home.
First Published November 3, 2012 12:00 am