A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This pro-tattoo-themed series highlights some of the unique tattoo art produced by the artists of Area 51.
Positive Role Models
The tattoo artists are passionate about their craft.
Violence & Scariness
No blood, but clients sometimes flinch or writhe in pain during inking sessions. Some of the tattoos feature pop culture serial killers, weapons, and other violent images. Toy guns are visible; one episode features the staff dueling with them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some tattoos are on the sexier side, including images of pinup girls and partially dressed characters. People take off their pants and other articles of clothing to get inked, but no nudity is shown.
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Words such as "hell," "ass," "crap," and "damn" audible; curses such as "f--k" bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series is a promotional vehicle for the Area 51 tattoo studio.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Epic Ink features tattoo artists creating and inking clients at Oregon's renowned Area 51 tattoo shop. The series showcases some unique body art and includes some edgy content, including some strong language and some violent and sexy images. A few clients writhe in pain while getting their tattoos, and at least one scene features toy (plastic) guns. All this being said, the cast is likable, and the overall series is pretty tame.
Is It Any Good?
It's likely that folks interested in inking and body art will be inspired by the series, whereas others may find the enthusiasm for tattoos inspired by superheroes such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and characters from movies such as The Goonies a little ... different. Some of the more unique images, such as a pair of horns inked into the sides of a client's head, also may raise a few eyebrows.
Nonetheless, it's a lighthearted and voyeuristic look at the antics of the likable Area 51 tattoo artists, who appear to have as much fun designing images and inking clients as they do working with each other. Some of the artwork, which is often so detailed it appears three-dimensional, is impressive, too. It won't appeal to everyone, but viewers will probably find it entertaining.
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