– Hi. – Only six artists remain. Half of you will be eliminated, and half of you will earn
a spot in the finale to fight for $100,000, a feature in “Inked” magazine, and the title of Ink Master. Throughout this competition, you’ve had to rely
on your team to help you gain
advantages. But for this flash challenge, you must fight on your own. – This week, we are
testing finesse. – Finesse is important.
It’s how we talk to clients. It’s how we get
what we want from them, and then they get
what they need from us. – For this flash challenge, your canvases are wheelchair
users. Over three and a half million
Americans rely on wheelchairs for their
mobility every single day. And today, you’ll be painting
custom wheelchair spoke guards. – Oh, what? That’s cool. – Yeah.
– Yeah. – We’ve gotten down to six of
you, and now we’re expecting you six
to be able to put out the highest quality
artwork for our canvases today. – This is really time to engage
with these people and give them
something great. – Let’s bring out
your canvases. – Oh my God. – Thank you so much
for being here. – Thank you. – Thanks for having us. – Look how dressed up you got. [laughter]
You look awesome. Why don’t you please go ahead and tell us a little bit
about yourselves. – Hi, my name is Lisa, and ten
years ago, I was paralyzed in a
car accident. I wasn’t wearing my seatbelt
and was thrown out. – Oh my God. – This is my son Joey.
Joey has spina bifida. And how long have you been
using your wheelchair? – My whole life. – And what’s his name?
– Speedy. – What can you do in Speedy? [laughter] – Hi, I’m Jillian.
I have spinal muscular atrophy. I was diagnosed
when I was 17 months old. – My name is Chris,
and I have a rare disease known as spinal cerebellum
ataxia type 14, and there are
between 100 to 125 people in the world with my disease. – Wow. – This is Philip.
– Hi. – [sighs] – Philip has cerebral palsy, and he’s been
in this wheelchair for about nine months now. – My name is Sharla, and I was
born missing both of my tibia bones, and I had to get my legs
amputated at 14 months old. – We’ve been in this
competition for so long, and every step of the way
has all been based on selfish needs
to get to the end. And now we’re at the point
where we can actually do something for someone else, and that feels good. – [sighs]
All right, guys. One by one,
please choose a skull. The name on the bottom
of your skull will determine your artist. Philip.
Come choose a skull. – Laura. – Hi. – Sharla, you’re up next. – Pon. – That’s me. – Chris.
– Creepy Jason. – Me. [laughs] – Lisa.
– Cam. – Joey. He’s so awesome. – Dani.
– [laughs] That’s me. – Jillian.
– Jake. – Hi. – All right, artists, win this flash challenge, and you’ll have the power to assign all of the human
canvases in the elimination
tattoo. Good luck. – How’s it going, man? – For these people
to come in here today and get custom-made artwork to put on their wheelchair
is bad-ass. – I was born with spina bifida, and I’ve been my wheelchair
my whole life. – He plays for a wheelchair
basketball team. – Oh my God, that’s awesome. – I want to see these artists take something
from these canvases, something special about them
that they can bring to life by painting it on the side
of the spoke guards. – I know I definitely want
something that says Cure SMA. – SMA is spinal
muscular atrophy. It’s a form
of muscular dystrophy. One in every 6,000 babies born
has SMA. – This happened
because of, like, a car accident sort of thing? – Yes. I was driving in an SUV. I hadn’t done anything wrong except for not being buckled,
and I flipped. Yeah. It threw me out,
and I sat up out of the ditch, and I felt the top of my spine just like circle around the
bottom of my spine when I sat up, like I wasn’t
connected. Like, it literally
just circled. – My specific disease is a
neurological disease. My main goal is to inspire
other children not to let their rare disease
define them, who they are. – When we go out with Philip,
people look at us weird, because why isn’t he walking, and why are you helping him
eat? We have to– – They just don’t understand.
– Right. I just wish
people would ask. Don’t shush your
children when they stare or when they ask you a
question. Like, ask me. – Because that’s how you
can educate people. – Right. He was diagnosed
with cerebral palsy, but I think it’s really because they couldn’t figure out what
was going on with him. We’ve had basic testing done,
and it’s come back that there’s some unknown
variables for some neuromuscular
disorders that are progressive. And we may never know
what’s going on with him. – It’s not the same thing,
but my mom lost a child, and unfortunately, it was from
suicide. And it’s one of
those things where, you know,
there’s never answers. My brother passed away
about four years ago, and for me to get Philip,
I feel like it’s fate. I just
want to make him happy. – I’m gonna treat this like
it was a tattoo consultation. We’re gonna get you in some
ink right now. – I wanted the Statue of
Liberty, because this is a
memorable moment, and I don’t want to forget it. And then on the other one, I
wanted Shao Wi. She’s a mutt. – Would you forgive me
if it wasn’t, like, an identical portrait
of your dog? – [laughs] Yes. – I’ll do my best, I promise. I think Sharla deserves
everything she’s asking for. She has a lot of requests, so I’m gonna fit them all
in these wheels. – Bye, Philip. – Can you tell her
see you later? – See you later. – Can I have a high five?
Wish me luck. [rock music] ♪ ♪ – I’m just trying to make sure that it looks like a bald
eagle. The head’s mostly
white, right? – I would–the white
stops about here. – I love to paint. That was what I was doing
before I tattooed. – Leave some of this, the body, because right now
you have the legs kind of
attaching to the neck. – All right, thank you. The best way for me to show
finesse right now is to get these designs to be
as fun as Joey is himself. So, I want to mimic
his personality in these little paintings. – Does anyone
know how to paint? Can you teach me how to paint
in the next 20 minutes? – Not a good time for
you to learn. – Oh shit. I’m not a painter.
I’m trying, dude. The drawing is there.
I mean, unless you’re Laura. I can’t compete with that shit. – Black hole. – Plus some Rat Fink alien
dude. – Oh my God, he’s so cute. You’re speaking to my soul,
man. Jason and I feel like
we’re cut from the same cloth. We both put a really high
priority on creativity, and he’s someone
that I definitely think is my biggest competition. – I don’t care about winning.
– Yeah. – I just want to make sure
she likes it. – I gave up on that a
while ago. I just, I want to do something
cool for these kids. There are no losers, today,
guys. Except for Cam. ♪ ♪ – Five, four, three, two, one. That’s it. Time’s up. No more painting. – Pow. Right. – You all set? – Yes, sir. Oh, wow!
– Right? – That is awesome.
– Right? – Looks like he’s about to
shift his spaceship into high gear. – Yeah? Right? – Oh my gosh, that’s so cool. And they look like the cats
and dogs. – I tried. It was hard. – This is like for the left
side, so it’ll kind of sit. – I like it. You did good. – That’s not too bad? – No, it’s gonna look
great spinning. – Thank you very much. – You like ’em? – Oh my gosh. – That’s so cool. – That’s awesome. – Just so you know, that’s the
Empire State Building, and it’s true to form. – I love it. – Oh my God. – Oh, awesome. – Look at those. You like ’em? – Yes, I do like them. – Oh, buddy. – Do you like it?
– What do you think? – Yeah, I love it. Yeah. – I need a high five. Yes! – Yeah. What do you,
what do you say? – Thank you. – You’re welcome. – All right guys, it is now
time to critique your work. Let’s start with Jake. Jake, how was this for you? – You know, to do something
like this with– uh… [clears throat] Uh… Just trying not
to get emotional. – I think he did amazing.
– I’m so glad. I was so nervous
that you weren’t gonna like it. – It definitely has a very
personal feel. The colors are cool,
a lot of contrast. The images stand out. The fact that it says Cure SMA
on there, it’s awareness. I think it’s really cool. – Pon. Hi, Sharla.
– Hi. – The guitar looks great. – Pon, I think you did
a good job incorporating all the
elements that she wanted. – The artwork really,
really stands strong and no cutting corners. He really gave you
everything he had. – He did really well.
I really like it. – Thank you guys
for coming. Dani. – Joey, I think you got the
toughest eagle in all the land. It’s beautiful color. – The detail you put in these
designs are super cool. The detail in the basketball,
football, and baseball
stands really strong. – I love how you put that
background. It makes it
look like it’s turning even if it’s sitting still. – Thumbs up.
– [laughs] Fantastic. All right, thanks, guys. Laura. How you doing, Philip?
– Good. – These are great.
Dragons are near and dear, and I think you got
two really great ones. One traditional one
that’s gonna protect you, and the other one will be a
fantasy one that’ll lead you
off to your dreams. – It looks really strong.
It’s really bold. Great job. – Thank you. – Cam. – I love the really light color
play against the stark black
background. It makes the piece
show out really strong, but it also puts a very nice,
delicate touch to the wheels. – All of us here
in a wheelchair, people stare, all the time. So, I just wanted
something feminine and pretty
for people to look at it. – It’s just as beautiful
as you, so I think that when
they’re staring, they’re really
just staring at you. – Thanks. – Creepy Jason. – Using the black background
as space, super smart. And then the other side,
hot rod alien, chain link steering wheel,
all the details in there are probably one of the most
detailed pieces of the day. – We got the coolest
cosmic sled in town. – I asked Jason for just
one thing: To win. [laughter] – How do you think he did,
then? – He won. I wouldn’t
bullshit you, man. [laughter] – Can he come more often?
I like this guy.