Parents' Guide to

Black Ink Crew

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Harlem tattoo parlor reality focuses on bickering, romances.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Feels too good-?- in a good-well maybe-way!

age 18+

Racist show!

This show is racist and only cares about their people like they say every episode (Our people) so anyone who is not their race they do not like u !

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Like most tattoo-themed reality shows, Black Ink Crew offers a glimpse at the kind of artistry that goes into creating images and inking them on clients. But the show's real focus is on the personalities of the crew, and the somewhat dysfunctional way they interact with each other both professionally and socially.

Some of clients are interesting, but there usually isn't enough focus on them and/or their personal stories to make them stand out. Despite some references about the tattoo parlor's role in the African-American community, the show doesn't delve into this, either. Overall, its the cast's constant bickering and flirtations that make the show mildly entertaining.

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