Bad Ink

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  • TV-14
  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.6  (337)

Bad Ink was a reality TV show that aired on A&E from 2013 to 2014. The show was hosted by Dirk Vermin, a tattoo artist and shop owner in Las Vegas, and his friend Rob Ruckus, a musician and comedian. They were joined by Brian Blu, who was known for his expertise in covering up and fixing bad tattoos.

The premise of Bad Ink revolved around Vermin and Ruckus traveling around Las Vegas in search of people with regrettable tattoos. They would approach people on the street, at tattoo conventions, or through referrals from friends and family, and offer to cover up their bad ink for free.

Vermin and Ruckus were known for their irreverent and often inappropriate humor, which added a comedic element to the show. They would joke around and banter with each other, while Blu provided a more serious and technical perspective on the tattoo cover-up process.

Each episode of Bad Ink featured a different person with a bad tattoo, and the show would follow the process of covering up the tattoo with a new design. Vermin and Ruckus would work with the client to come up with a design that not only covered up the original tattoo but also reflected the client's personality and interests.

Blu was the one responsible for actually doing the cover-up work, and he would explain the technical aspects of the process. He would carefully choose colors and design elements that would effectively camouflage the old tattoo, while also making sure the new design looked aesthetically pleasing and was technically sound.

Throughout the process, the show would also delve into the backstory behind the bad tattoo. Many of the clients featured on Bad Ink had gotten their tattoos on a whim or in a drunken stupor, and they now regretted the decision. Others had gotten tattoos to commemorate a past relationship or event, only to later realize that the design no longer held any personal significance to them.

Bad Ink was popular among both tattoo enthusiasts and general audiences, thanks to its lighthearted humor and relatable content. The show offered a glimpse into the world of tattoo cover-ups, which is a niche area of the tattoo industry that many people may not be familiar with.

Overall, Bad Ink was an entertaining and educational show that showcased the skill and creativity of tattoo artists in a unique way. While the show may no longer be on the air, it remains a cult favorite among many viewers who appreciate its irreverent humor and fascinating subject matter.

Bad Ink is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (27 episodes). The series first aired on August 11, 2013.

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It Takes Two to Tattoo
10. It Takes Two to Tattoo
August 20, 2014
Heather and Korrina celebrated their 21st birthdays by giving each other tattoos, even though neither of them had ever used a tattoo gun. One girl ended up in the hospital.
Tat's Ink-redible
9. Tat's Ink-redible
February 24, 2014
Dirk pranks Ruckus; a man is plagued by a tattoo of his ex-wife.
Tatt-Too Hot for TV
8. Tatt-Too Hot for TV
February 17, 2014
An embarrassing tattoo is covered up; a man seeks help with an inappropriate tattoo.
Oops, I Tatted Again
7. Oops, I Tatted Again
February 10, 2014
Tonyia, a single mother, seeks help to fix a comedic tattoo after losing a bet to her ex-husband over a game of pool. Then, the guys encounter a young couple looking to the tie the knot. But before Sasha can say yes, she wants Dirk to cover up not one, but two of Mike's tattoos dedicated to a previous relationship.
Last Man Stamping
6. Last Man Stamping
February 3, 2014
A scout leader bares an inappropriate tattoo on his leg; a man has a constant reminder from a previous marriage; a woman's body art resembles burnt toast.
Tat in the Hat
5. Tat in the Hat
February 3, 2014
A gun-shop clerk fails to honor her mother with the ink on her neck; a magician hopes to make his bad body art disappear.
Tat's My Mom
4. Tat's My Mom
January 27, 2014
Dirk and Ruckus receive a phone call from an overbearing mom whose son made a permanent mistake. Now Dirk has to try to fix it with the mom watching.
Babes in Tattooland
3. Babes in Tattooland
January 27, 2014
Dirk and Ruckus do their patriotic duty for Bridgette, a military veteran with a wildly inappropriate tattoo that she can't find the words to explain to her kids when they ask about it.
Lost in Tattoo Translation
2. Lost in Tattoo Translation
January 20, 2014
The guys help a bull rider who has big, bad body art, a nurse who has an offensive tattoo written in Chinese, and a woman who needs help with a tattoo that is ruining her sex life.
Turning the Other Butt Cheek
1. Turning the Other Butt Cheek
January 20, 2014
The guys help a young woman with a bad 'Buy One, Get One Free' tattoo; a woman who allowed her high-school boyfriend to apply ink to an intimate area, and a former male stripper with beastly body art.
Where to Watch Bad Ink
Bad Ink is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bad Ink on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 11, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    5.6  (337)