As viewers are getting into the thick of Black Ink Crew: Chicago Season 7, 2nd City Ink has been a hot topic. After Season 6 showcased Charmaine Bey being called out by a few artists for not having the licensing paperwork in place, fans were unsure about the future of 2nd City Ink. However, this season shows Charmaine focusing on the shop and making attempts to ensure that legal issues are handled appropriately.
With that said, viewers were shocked to see Charmaine give Draya another opportunity to work at the shop due to their past. But, the ladies pledged to move forward for the betterment of 2nd City Ink. However, things do not always remain civil between the cast on Black Ink Crew: Chicago. And in an exclusive clip ahead of the Nov. 1, 2021, episode, it appears that Charmaine and Draya’s tattoo booth drama is continuing to bubble at the surface. Keep reading to get the 4-1-1.
Charmaine and Draya are at odds over a tattoo booth.
And the messiness continues! In a clip obtained by Distractify, Draya is upset with Charmaine after only receiving one pass for the tattoo convention. Draya explains that she paid for half of the booth which will require her to get three passes, but Charmaine only provided her with one. However, Charmaine is calling foul on the situation since she claims that Draya only agreed to a guest spot at the booth.
In Charmaine's confessional, she explains that although the entire shop agreed to do the tattoo convention together, she still has to honor Draya working even though she's no longer an artist at 2nd City Ink. But, Draya shares that she never agreed to Charmaine's terms.
"I never agreed to do a guest spot," Draya explains in her confessional. "[Charmaine] never asked me to do a guest apot after she kicked me out of the shop. She just assumed that this is what was going to happen."
Making matters worse, Draya tells Charmaine that she has other people working with her and that she needs to pick her two artists so that Draya can receive the two passes. However, Charmaine is not changing her stance.
"Now that Draya has bombarded her way in, she has taken an entire booth, which completely leaves Prince displaced and he doesn't have a place to work," Charmaine says in her confessional.
In the clip, Prince asks Draya, "So now I'm out of a booth?"
"Yes," Draya responds. "Y'all had y'all booths."
In an earlier episode, Charmaine held a staff meeting at 2nd City Ink, where she and Draya exchanged verbal blows.
Unfortunately, this is not Charmaine and Draya's first rodeo on the disagreement front. On the Oct. 27, 2021, episode, Charmaine reveals in a confessional that she’s aware that things have been said about her behind her back. Not to mention, she knows who specifically has had a lot to say, which fans know to be Draya and Miss Kitty.
It’s a bit confusing since the ladies patched up their relationship and shared how much they want to leave their issues in the past. But, once Charmaine asks all the artists to say how they feel in a meeting, Draya shakes the table with her response.
“I don’t have anything to say,” Draya says at the meeting. “When I got here there wasn’t even a working stencil maker, there’s no Wi-Fi.”
Charmaine goes on to explain that at the time, she wasn’t prepared for more artists. But, she feels that Draya hasn’t been working as hard in regards to tattooing clients. And since Draya has her own supplies, Charmaine doesn’t see why she hasn’t been working.
“You’ve been here for a month and you’ve been working in the shop for like a few days,” Charmaine says. ”Girl, you got all your own stuff — your own printer and your own machine.”
In Charmaine’s confessional, she gives more context as to why some things have gone amiss at the shop under her leadership, while throwing shade at Draya.
“I got a lot on my plate with my dad, it's definitely taking up a lot of my brain capacity,” Charmaine says. “And I haven’t been able to put the energy into the shop that I need to put as a shop owner. But best believe, b----es found a broken printer and now they want to act like the whole roof is going to fall in.”
As viewers who are up-to-date likely know, this all led to Draya quitting 2nd City Ink. Charmaine also fired Kitty after claiming that she's been moving funny. Things have clearly worsened at 2nd City Ink, and as the saying goes, things only seem to get worse before they start to get better. Will Draya and Charmaine come to an agreement? Only time will tell.
Black Ink Crew: Chicago airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on VH1.