A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is pro-body art. Clients share messages about love and survival. There are some sexist comments and opinions sprinkled throughout.
Positive Role Models
The artists are caring and solicitous of their clients; Ami James puts great emphasis on being professional, but not everyone is.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments between the cast often lead to yelling, screaming, occasional shoving, and threats of more violence. James likes to box (in a ring). Clients sometimes cry out in pain when getting inked.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Clients are shown in various stages of undress as they get inked and/or survey their finished tattoos (no nudity). Occasional crude references to a woman's genitals and sadomasochism.
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Words like "crap," "piss," "bitch," and "douche bag" are audible while words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The show is a promotional vehicle for Ami James and his tattoo parlor.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this latest installment of the TLC Ink franchise features content here that's a bit stronger than that of its sister shows. It features lots of bickering, which leads to yelling, salty language ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped), crude sexual references, and occasional shoving matches. The show is pro-body art and offers no warnings about the risks involved. Clients share personal stories about the significance of their tattoos, including some bittersweet stories about the loss of children and other loved ones that may be too disturbing for young and/or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The series focuses on the celebrity body artist -- who began tattooing in New York City at a time when it was illegal -- trying to offer a more upscale inking experience than that of the average tattoo parlor. A lot of emphasis placed on the personal histories of their clients, many of whom are choosing to get inked as a way of communicating both loss and love. The cast's response to these narratives is compassionate, and they never fail to honor them with the best artwork they can create.
Unfortunately, while their digs may be upscale and trendy, the group's behavior isn't always the classiest. Like its sisters shows, wild pranks, endless bickering, nasty exchanges, and shoving matches are all featured here. But if you look past the artists' drama, you'll still find a show that has some heart.
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