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Epic Ink

Epic Ink

Photo Credit:  Zach Dilgard / A+E Networks
  • Premiered: 
    August 20, 2014
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  • Network: A&E
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: tattoo

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Plot Synopsis

EPIC INK is a half-hour reality series that follows the crew at Area 51 Tattoo, where they specialize in hyper-realistic tattoos featuring beloved characters and scenes from favorite sci-fi films and pop culture. The cast features five of only a handful of tattooists worldwide who are licensed by LucasFilms to tattoo their properties. Chris 51 is the proud owner of Area 51, located in Springfield, Oregon, the hometown of his most beloved cartoon family, THE SIMPSONS. Welshman Chris Jones has been nominated for three-consecutive Tattoo Industry Awards for Best UK Male. Wild child Heather Maranda is a self-taught artist who specializes in hyper-realistic tattoos that appear to jump out of the skin. Josh Bodwell combines his love of geek culture and tattoo art into custom realism and portraiture tattoos and is a walking encyclopedia of sci-fi trivia. After early run-ins with the law, sci-fi fan Jeff Wortham looked to tattooing to turn his life around and now travels the globe to tattoo at sci-fi conventions. Rounding out the group is receptionist Caroline Russell who serves as the "Nerdio translator" between the full-fledged geeks and the rest of the world. In the series premiere, Josh takes a client down the rabbit hole with an "Alice in Wonderland" tattoo. When Heather crafts an epic portrait of a beloved GOONIES character, the gang is shocked to learn that Caroline has never seen the '80s classic. Finally, Chris Jones gives a client a Herculean Arnold Schwarzenegger tattoo to match his stature. Later in the season, the clientele even includes a few celebrities, such as Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) and the Mistress of the Dark herself, Elvira, who gets her very first tattoo.
A&E debuted the Season 1 finale of EPIC INK on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 11pm-Midnight ET/PT, showing back-to-back new episodes. In the night's first episode, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," Chris 51 and his crew attack a round of tattoos including Gremlins, wolves, dragons and time travel devices. Jeff designs an original pair of tattoos for a mother and daughter who love going on adventures together. Chris Jones inks a local baseball mascot on a diehard fan while revealing that he doesn't exactly know much about America's past time, so the group decides to take Jones to his very first baseball game to try and change his mind! Then, in "Welcome to the Tattoo Jungle," the 11:30pm season finale, it's a zoo of a time at Area 51! First, Chris Jones brings a were-woman to life while Josh tattoos a new perspective on a classic tale, Peter Pan. Then Heather reunites with an old friend and gets the chance to finally redeem herself by covering up one of the first tattoos she ever did with a jungle themed homage to family! And later on, Chris 51 turns one woman's leg into an enchanted forest and resident science wizard Jeff transports a tiger into outer space.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Matador


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