Not knowing what just how much further reality TV could go, imagine my shock and amazement when reality shows dived into places that people didn’t feel like going, like bail bondsmen offices or tattoo parlors. A&E has just the thing for you, as a compilation disc of the best episodes of the show Inked is now out on DVD.
For those unfamiliar with the world of skin art, Inked takes a look inside a tattoo parlor owned by BMX star (and husband of musician Pink) Carey Hart and hi… partner Thomas Pendleton. Hart is clearly the brains (and star appeal) behind the eclectic group of artists, ranging from the apprentice Dizzle to the grizzled veteran (with an eyepatch, no less) Clark. They all play roles in the intricate little world of being a part of a shop in Las Vegas.
The personalities in the show seem to get carved out kinda quickly, as Dizzle is the kid who wants to be part of the shop, but doesn’t take it seriously (kinda like Hulk Hogan’s son or something). But having said that, it’s a little interesting to see how the artists work around the shop. Clark is a veteran, but he can work with the newly inked just as well as the grizzled vets, and shows them all what looks good or bad. Some of the aspects of the production are a little bit goofy, they tend to lean on the censor button a little too hard (why bleep the words “bitch” or “ass”? I dunno).
Even though there are some real predictable camera and editing tricks (read lame and pretentiously stupid), the characters are colorful enough to hold someone’s interest. Overall, the show isn’t that bad, and it’s an interesting look at what could be perceived as a “glamorous” shop. Depending on when it comes back and airs on TV, I may have to give it a whirl.
Another TV show, another 2 channel Dolby soundtrack. Hearing an ink gun against skin in a 6 channel mix just is kinda cringeworthy, unless you’re a real glutton for punishment.
A&E doesn’t have a huge budget for their shows, so all you’re going to get is the usual television full frame treatment. One thing’s for sure, everything all looks big and bright on my 60 inch TV that I like to constantly brag about, so there’s that going for the show.
There are a few brief biographies on the people in the shop from the owners on down, along with a glossary of tattoo terminology. 8 episodes, almost 3 hours of entertainment, and that’s it.
Those who want to learn more about tattooing and the interesting characters in it will enjoy this look at the inner sanctum that is the Hart and Huntington shop in Las Vegas. If you can get past the stigma of watching people with a truckload of tattoos, it’s a somewhat fascinating look at the people past the ink.
Special Features List
- Crew Biographies
- Shop Talk