Miami Ink - Season 1

TLC (ended 2008)




Episode Guide

  • The Darren Special
    The Darren Special
    Episode 26
    A retrospective on the most memorable tattoos created by Darren Brass, who discusses his design style, as well as his fellow artists and his personal life.
  • The Nunez Special
    The Nunez Special
    Episode 25
    A retrospective on the most memorable designs created by Chris Nunez, who discusses his reputation both as a tattoo artist and as a ladies' man.
  • The Garver Special
    The Garver Special
    Episode 24
    A retrospective on the most memorable tattoos created by Chris Garver, who discusses his love of traditional Japanese designs.
  • The Ami Special
    The Ami Special
    Episode 23
    A retrospective on the most memorable designs by shop leader Ami James.
  • The Kat Special
    The Kat Special
    Episode 22
    A retrospective and touch-ups on Kat Von D's best work.
  • Made in Japan
    Episode 21
    Against Ami's wishes, Yoji gets a Mohawk haircut and adds a tattoo to his head. But Ami can't complain too much when apprentice Yoji finally gets his first paying client. Ami does a rosary design for a girl in memory of her grandfather, Darren makes a design to remind a rock musician that you only live once, and Garver creates a skull tattoo. Later, the guys temporarily leave the tattoo world and collaborate on paintings for an international art show.moreless
  • Goodbye Freedom
    Episode 20
    Darren's wife finally moves to Miami, forcing him to give up his notorious partying. Meanwhile, Yoji and Ami participate in a celebrity ping-pong tournament to benefit underprivileged kids. Nunez gives a young girl the design of her dreams, then helps another with an image to keep her mother's memory alive. Meanwhile, Darren gives his father a first tattoo, and Garver places an image of the World Trade Center on a skateboarder.moreless
  • The Ink That Binds
    Episode 19
    Darren does an inspirational tattoo to honor a man's uncle, while Garver does one for a woman who has struggled for years to overcome an eating disorder. Yoji's long work hours are affecting his family life, and the gang offers to look after his daughter while he and his wife see a family therapist. Meanwhile, the guys are jealous of Nuñez's lunch date, and Ami places a radio ad for a friend who is looking for a fiancee.moreless
  • 3/7/06
    Garver works on a guardian angel design while Ami finishes a Hindu-inspired piece and then undertakes a Hawaiian-themed design. However, with so much work to do, the long hours are getting to everyone.
  • While Ami's Away
    Episode 17
    Kat stays on and helps out while Ami and Chris are vacationing in Hawaii. Now under the temporary management of Nunez, the shop is kept busy doing an intricate Alphonse Mucha design for a breast-cancer survivor and a special tattoo for custom-motorcycle builder Billy Lane. Meanwhile, apprentice Yoji gets his first solo job for a paying customer.moreless
  • 2/7/06
    Kat makes a surprise visit from Los Angeles, delighting the overworked staff, and Ami tries to get past the memory of a past accident and resume rising a motorcycle.
  • 1/31/06
    Tensions rise when Ami leaves town just as a huge storm is about to hit and leaves Chris Nunez in charge. Meanwhile, Darren tries to convince his wife to leave Connecticut and join him.
  • Party All the Time
    Episode 14
    Nunez's partying starts to get in the way of his work and demeans the shop's reputation. Meanwhile, Ami spends time with his mother, who is visiting from Israel.
  • Step Up or Step Out
    Episode 13
    Yoji learns that he must show improvement in his drawing skills or Ami will remove him from his apprenticeship.
  • 1/10/06
    Trouble and confusion are brewing with the artists. They learn that as you get more money, you also get more problems. Ami buys his dream car and Darren puts his life and career on the line by drinking too much.
  • Hawaii
    Episode 11
    On a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, Ami James and Chris Garver meet Keoni Nunez who teaches them traditional Polynesian tattooing. Next, they sit in at a shop in Honolulu and tattoo six locals.

    While they're in Hawaii, they also meet professional surfers who take them to catch some waves.
  • Finding Balance
    Episode 10
    While exercising to get into better physical shape, Ami revives an old back injury. Meanwhile, the gang are hesitant to let Yoji handle a solo tattoo job on a woman.
  • 9/20/05
    After last week's episode where Kat was brought in to help out, she's now settled in and having fun doing some great artwork. Kat tattoos the Virgin Mary on Darren's wife, and some family members come to visit the shop.
  • Bad Break
    Episode 8
    Darren Brass takes a little spill and breaks his elbow, so Ami brings in a new girl from Los Angeles to substitute for a few weeks.
  • Going for the Gold
    Episode 7
    A medal-winning Paralympic athlete comes in to get his tribal tattoo completed. Meanwhile, Yoji and Bridgette bring Sydney to the shop to meet the others.
  • The Family
    Episode 6
    Johnny Messner visits the tattoo salon. Also, the Miami Ink family gets a little bit bigger when Brigette and Yoji's beauiful daughter is born.
  • The Apprentice
    Episode 5
    Yoji learns the hard way that he has a long way to go before the guys let him tattoo for real. The shop has a constant flow of clients and characters, including their first return customer; a former Skid Row band member gets tatooed with his kids names.
  • Growing Up
    Episode 4
    While the gang adjusts to the responsibility of owning their own business, a list of celebrity clientele wait months for their turn under the needle with the masters. We also look back at how the four originally became friends, separated and traveled all over the country, and finally returned to South Beach.moreless
  • In Memory Of...
    Episode 3
    Several clients come in for tattoos that honor lost loved ones, including an old friend of Ami's who wants to memorialize the loss of his cousin. Ami and crew must also deal with changes and transformations in their lives and relationships, including the wedding of Yoji to his fiancée Bridgette in a beautiful beach ceremony.moreless
  • Never Forget
    Episode 2
    As the business grows, the guys of Miami Ink struggle with the pressure of balancing their personal life and work. A mother and daughter come in to affirm their continuing bonds with each other by getting tattooed together. And Yoji decides to propose to his girlfriend.
  • Five Friends
    Episode 1
    Four world-class tattoo artists unite to turn what was once just a dream into a thriving business as they open up a tattoo shop in Miami’s South Beach, along with their new apprentice Yoji. Their first client is world-class surfer Sonny Garcia, who wants a map of his native Hawaii tattooed across his abdomen.moreless