- 5 Seasons
Miami Ink is a reality television series that follows Ami James, owner of a tattoo studio in Miami, Florida. The shows focuses on the challenges and pressures Ami faces while trying to run a business and manage his stable of tattoo artists, who have a wide array of personalities. Each episode of the show centers around a couple customers that come into the show looking for tattoos. The show interviews the clients as they talk about their reasons for getting a particular tattoo. Many of the people have experienced tragedies or the loss of loved ones and they want to get a tattoo to remember them by. Others are excited over big life changes and want to get a tattoo as a celebration. Ami and his crew talk to the people while they tattoo them. The shows focuses somewhat on the interactions of the tattoo artists with each other and shows some of the drama that they go through; however for the most part the focus is on the artistic process involved in creating a quality tattoo. Each episode starts with the client coming through the door of the shop. They meet with a tattoo artist and discuss what they want for a tattoo and their reasons for getting one. The artist then sketches a design for the client and it is up to the client to approve or disprove of the design. Then, the client sits for a session. Tattoos are notoriously painful to get and some clients cry or squirm with agony throughout the tattoo procedure. Others are as tough as nails and don't even seem to feel the needle that is penetrating their skin. The tattoo artists often try to talk to clients as a means of distracting them. Miami Ink has many famous clients come to get tattoos. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and DJ Skribble are just two of the well-known faces who make appearances on the show. Other reality show veterans also make appearances.