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The show Black Ink Crew is a reality show based on a tattoo shop located in New York City's Harlem. The show details the owner and the workers of the shop plus the intricacies of operating a tattoo business. The shows portrays several social aspects to owning a business which include viewpoints from both the shop owner and the workers in the shop.

The basic premise of the show details customer interaction in a tattoo shop setting and how each client can be very different and unique. In fact some artists may be better suited for some clients and not others. Furthermore, customers in the show may have very emotional attachments to the tattoos they're receiving. These tattoos could be related to remembrance of family members or to celebrate special moments in their lives.

The show gives a good insight into the stress involved in doing an actual tattoo despite if it's a style that the artist may or may not specialize in. Drama can arise from attempting to satisfy the customer's needs while trying to uphold the reputation of the shop. Lastly communication between co-workers and the owner of the shop can change and evolve on a daily basis. Some instances result in conflict, demise or growth of relationships. As the business flourishes each episode shows continual growth.

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on VH1
3 Seasons, 36 Episodes
October 26, 2015
Reality
5.6/10
Cast: Katrina Jackson, Phor, Ryan Henry, Charmaine Johnise
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Black Ink Crew: Chicago Full Episode Guide

  • The crew hatch a plan to get Kat to come back to 9Mag; Ashley throws a tantrum at her gender-reveal party; Charmaine's dreams of movie stardom hang in the balance; and Kat confronts Ryan over what happened at the lake house.

  • Ryan tries salvaging his relationship with Rachel; Phor and Nikki take their relationship to new heights; the crew throws Kat a surprise birthday party behind Ryan's back.

  • Cobra is faced with a tough decision when Phor tells her the truth about Velvet. Lily attempts to reunite with the sisters she hasn't seen since her father's murder. Kat decides it’s time Rachel knows the truth.

  • The crew heads to Mexico for some fun, sun, and tequila but tensions rise when Kat arrives at the villa unannounced. Kat reveals a shocking secret about Ryan and he loses his cool when Lily crosses a line.

  • Ryan is devastated when an injury prevents him from tatting his childhood idols. Charmaine tries to persuade Cobra to stay at 9Mag. Jenn’s inadvertent nip slip sends Van over the edge. A photo shoot for a major tattoo magazine nearly gets derailed.

  • Kat questions her life in LA. Lily tries to turn the shop against Cobra. Charmaine's relationship is on rocky ground when her career takes priority over Neek. Nikki's jealousy rears its ugly head again. Don blows up after hearing the crew bully Cobra

  • Ryan triumphantly returns to the shop after a major health scare. JR learns disturbing information about his relationship with Lily. Phor questions his career as a tattoo artist. And Lily takes down Cobra after she meddles in her relationship.

  • Lily jeopardizes her relationship with JR. Cobra confronts Ryan about a rumor on the internet. Van has a questionable plan to win Jenn back. Danielle throws a fashion show to help promote her new fashion blog.

  • Don freaks out after Ashley gives him shocking news. Lily and Cobra come to blows. Van struggles to deal with the fallout from his breakup.

  • Don starts his new career as a piercer at 9Mag. Charmaine's mom gives her devastating news. Phor attempts to reconnect with family. Cobra is attracted to her new roommate. Nikki goes ballistic.

  • Danielle reveals a secret about Kat; JR and Lily take their relationship to the next level; Van freaks out when Jenn mentions the "m" word; and Charmaine questions Ryan about Kat. Also: problems arise at Phor's concert.

  • The crew is smitten when Ryan hires a new female tattoo artist. Phor's peace offering sends Nikki over the edge. Don explodes when Ashley gives him a taste of his own medicine.Things get messy when Lily hooks up with a fellow employee.

  • Kat invites the crew to a lake house. Charmaine's job is in jeopardy after a night of hard partying. Nikki learns that Phor sent Kat roses. Ryan and Van come to blows.

  • Charmaine's birthday party turns sour when Danielle confronts Ryan. While Ryan heads to Philly for a tattoo convention, Van and Danielle take over the shop. Ryan rehires a former employee. Kat shocks the crew when she unexpectedly shows up in Chicago.

  • Ryan makes a move to assert his authority; Ashley wants Don to control his anger; Danielle confronts Kat about being a bad friend; Van gets locked out of the shop.

  • Ryan battles his staff over their growing disrespect; Don and Ashley's marital bliss becomes threatened; Kat leaves Chicago; Van starts a brawl; Ashley starts trouble with Charmaine.

  • In the Season 2 closer, Ashley shows up in the Dominican Republic for her wedding and requests that her brother spy on Don's bachelor bash. Later, Terrence offers Danielle an ultimatum; and Ashley threatens to call off the ceremony after viewing risqué pictures from the bachelor bash.

  • The group visits the Dominican Republic for Don's nuptials. Later, Kat approaches Phor about his unfaithfulness; Van's threesome goes down hill when his girlfriend brings a surprise guest; and Don endangers his marriage after flirting with a stripper.

  • Don finds out life-shattering news; Charmaine tries out to be a radio DJ to earn some extra money; and Phor records a song about peace with a well-known rapper after a deadly weekend in Chicago. Later, Ryan makes a choice about Cobra's future at 9 Mag in light of her questionable behavior.

  • Don attempts to unite his family; Ryan celebrates his 30th birthday; Van confronts Cobra about her behavior.

  • The group visit New Orleans to have fun on Bourbon Street. Later, Charmaine's family want her to return home after finding out that she's broke; Whitney attacks Don at 9 Mag; and Van gets mad when Cobra approaches the team about the shop's cleanliness.

  • Don's paternity-test results push him into a downward turn; Ryan hops back in the dating scene; and Van finally sees with his daughter after four months. Later, Danielle's birthday bash takes a turn for the worse when Ashley and her pals crash the party and go after Charmaine.

  • Kat discovers Charmaine threw her personal items away in the garbage. Don takes a paternity test hoping to squash the rumors that he fathered a love child. Van is released from boot camp but rising tensions overshadow his homecoming.

  • In the second season premiere, Ryan ups his boss game. Kat betrays 9 Mag in order to take her Kat Tat brand to the next level. When Don's old college fling claims that he's the father of her child, Ashley is upset.

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