Black Ink Crew

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The reality series Black Ink Crew follows tattoo artist Ceaser Emanuel and his team of artists based in a tattoo shop in New York City. The original cast of the show included Dutchess, Puma, and Richard "O'S--t" Duncan. 

Black Ink Crew has inspired the spin-offs Black Ink Crew: Chicago and Black Ink Crew: Compton

Network: VH1

First Episode Date: January 7, 2013

NYC Cast

Chicago Cast:

Compton Cast: 

Where to Watch: Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV

Latest Black Ink Crew News and Updates

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    'Black Ink Crew's' Nessie Thinks Her Breakup Ruined Her Friendship With Lemeir (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Why did Nessie and Ken break up on 'Black Ink Crew: Compton'? Nessie's drama with her ex and work status with KP has hurt her friendship with Lemeir.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Charmaine Bey
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    Charmaine Bey on Her Reasons for Leaving 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago': "I Literally Have PTSD" (EXCLUSIVE)

    Why did Charmaine Bey leave 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago'? The former reality star sat down with 'Distractify' to set the record straight.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Former Black Ink Crew: Chicago star Katrina 'Kat Tat' Jackson
    Entertainment

    Katrina "Kat Tat" Jackson Gushes About Motherhood: "I Love Watching My Baby Sleep" (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' vet and tattoo mogul Katrina "Kat Tat" Jackson spoke exclusively with 'Distractify' about her kids and being a mom.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Katrina Kat Tat Jackson
    Entertainment

    Katrina "Kat Tat" Jackson Returns to 'Black Ink Crew': "The Timing Couldn't Be More Perfect" (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Former 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' star Katrina "Kat Tat" Jackson spoke exclusively with 'Distractify' about her decision to return to the series.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Lemeir and Star
    Reality TV

    Lemeir and Star Discuss the Demise of IAM Compton's Staff on 'Black Ink Crew' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    What happened to IAM Compton's tattoo staff on 'Black Ink Crew?' In an exclusive clip ahead of the April 11, 2022 episode, Lemeir and Star reveal all.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Van Johnson
    Television

    Former 9Mag Tattoo Artist Van Johnson Appears on 'Black Ink Crew: New York' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Why did Van Johnson leave 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago?' In an exclusive clip ahead of the 'Black Ink Crew: New York' April 4, 2022 episode, Van spills the tea.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Ceaser Emanuel
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    'Black Ink Crew: New York': Ceaser's Legal Issues With His Baby Mama Take a Turn (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Things between 'Black Ink Crew: New York's' Ceaser Emanuel and baby mama Crystal Torres get worse. In an exclusive clip, Ted explains Ceaser's absence.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Charmaine and Ryan
    Television

    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago's' Charmaine Bey and Ryan Henry Are at Odds on Social Media

    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago's' Charmaine Bey and Ryan Henry have beef. And according to an explosive argument on social media, jealousy is the cause.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Kyla Pratt and Danny KP Kirkpatrick
    Reality TV

    Here Are All the Details About 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' Star KP's Main Squeeze

    Who is KP from Black Ink Crew: Compton' married to? The tattoo owner's main squeeze is a well-known child actress that has continued to blossom in Hollywood.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Ceaser Emanuel
    Entertainment

    Ceaser Emanuel's Net Worth Is Projected to See Growth in 2022

    What is Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuels's net worth? The entrepreneur is busy building his tattoo empire and exploring other endeavors.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Star Divine
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    Meet Star Divine, One of the Most Talked-About 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' Cast Members

    Star Divine is one of the latest stars to take the screen on 'Black Ink Crew: Compton,' but who exactly is she? Details on her personal life.
    By Chris Barilla
  • Star
    Reality TV

    Star Apologizes for the Staff Dinner Fiasco on 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After throwing a glass at Tim during a staff dinner, Star wants to make amends in an exclusive clip ahead of the March 21, 2022, episode.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Sassy from Blank Ink Crew New York
    Exclusives

    Sassy Makes Her Grand Return in 'Black Ink Crew: New York' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After realizing that the crew has some more growing to do, 'Black Ink Crew: New York's' Ceaser Emanuel leans on Sassy for help in an exclusive clip.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Puma and Young Bae
    Reality TV

    'Black Ink Crew: New York's' Puma and Young Bae Clash Over Dark Skin Tattoo (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Intended to boost morale in the shop, a tattoo competition goes wrong. In an exclusive clip, Puma and Young Bae clash over tattoo for dark skin.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • KP
    Reality TV

    KP and Tim Learn That the Shop Must Be Closed on 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After getting on track with the crew, KP and Tim face a new setback. In an exclusive clip, a producer shares that the shop must be closed.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Young Bae
    Reality TV

    Young Bae Is Spreading Positivity With a Unity Walk on 'Black Ink Crew: New York' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After watching discrimination against people of color, 'Black Ink Crew: New York's' Young Bae is taking action. In an exclusive clip, she's hosting a unity walk.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Nessie and KP
    Reality TV

    Nessie and KP Have Declared a Truce on 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After months of tension and beef, Nessie and KP are letting bygones be bygones. In an exclusive clip, the pair decided to move forward at the shop.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Tatti Ritter
    Reality TV

    Tatti Ritter From ‘Black Ink Crew’ Says She’s “Overwhelmed” Amid Drug-Trafficking Charges

    Tatti Ritter from 'Black Ink Crew' went into police custody along with 40 others in March 2021. Since then, she's shared how "stressed" she's been.
    By Elizabeth Randolph
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    Entertainment

    The 'Black Ink Crew's' Real Names Have Been a Mystery Since Season 1

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    By Elizabeth Randolph
  • Ceaser Emanuel
    Entertainment

    Ceaser Emanuel of 'Black Ink Crew' Speaks on Filing a Lawsuit Against His Baby Mama Crystal (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about his decision to file a lawsuit against his baby mama, Crystal Torres.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Ceaser Emanuel and Walter Miller
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew's' Ceaser Emanuel Wants Answers From Walt When Season 9 Returns (EXCLUSIVE)

    Black Ink Crew's' Ceaser Emanuel sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about his sit-down with Walt about the former employee stealing from the business.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Donna and Alex Black Ink Crew
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew: New York's' Donna and Alex Have Reportedly Ended Their Engagement

    Some rush to get married, others get engaged and stay so for a while. So, what about Donna and Alex from 'Black Ink Crew'? Are they still together?
    By Devan McGuinness
  • Charmaine Bey's dad
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    'Black Ink Crew's' Charmaine Bey Tragically Lost Both of Her Parents Within Two Years

    Charmaine Bey is one of the stars of 'Black Ink Crew Chicago.' Sadly, her father passed away in 2021. Here's what happened.
    By Stephanie Harper
  • Ryan Henry
    Exclusives

    Ryan Has Planned an Intervention for 2nd City Ink on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After witnessing the huge blowup with 2nd City Ink at the tattoo convention on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago,' Ryan has staged an intervention.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Charmaine and Draya Black Ink Crew: Chicago
    Exclusives

    Charmaine and Draya Are Not in a Good Place on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    After Charmaine and Draya came to verbal blows on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago,' Draya left 2nd City Ink. Now drama over a tattoo booth has come to light.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago'
    Entertainment

    The 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' Cast Mostly Go by Their Real Names on the Show

    Since it's common practice for tattoo artists to go by nicknames, 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' fans want the tea on the cast's real names. Details inside.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Nina and Phor
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    Phor and Nina's Relationship Hits a New Low on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Phor and Nina's relationship drama on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' has reached a new level. In an exclusive clip, the expecting mom is distancing herself.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Fly Black Ink Chicago
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    Bella Tatted Set the Record Straight on Her Boyfriend’s Death: "Y'all Are Dumb"

    Fans of 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' were shocked to learn of Fly Tatted's passing, but what happened to the artist?
    By Mustafa Gatollari
  • Ryan Henry and Charmaine Bey
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    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago's Ryan and Charmaine Talk Pandemic, Business, and Friendships (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' stars Ryan Henry and Charmaine Bey sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about the pandemic, business, friendships, and more.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Ryan Henry
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    Ryan Talks to Charmaine About His Affair Scandal on 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' Season 7 is set to hit the small screen very soon. In an exclusive clip, Ryan Henry talks with Charmaine about his affair scandal.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Richard Nikki Duncan
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    Meet 'Black Ink Crew' Star Richard 'O'S--t' Duncan's Happy Blended Family

    Who Is 'Black Ink Crew' star Richard Duncan's wife? Meet the love of his life and the kids that make up his big, happy blended family.
    By Pretty Honore
  • Young Bae and Rob
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    Young Bae from 'Black Ink Crew' Says Her Ex Walked out of Their Family's Life

    Young Bae from 'Black Ink Crew' fell in love with and married her baby's father, but he hasn't been seen on the show in a long time.
    By Kori Williams
  • Black Ink Crew's Donna
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    'Black Ink Crew' Fans Think Donna Should Leave the Show After Making Hurtful Comments

    Donna made anti-Asian hate comments and fans are rightfully upset. After her recent issues with the cast, fans believe shey may leave the show.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew's' Ceaser Emanuel Has Filed a Cease and Desist Against His Daughter

    'Black Ink Crew's' Ceaser has an interesting relationship with his daughter. After his having filed a cease and desist against her, things have gotten worse.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Donna
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel and Donna's Friendship Is on Thin Ice (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    Does Donna still work for Black Ink Crew? Ceaser Emanuel spills the details on his employee Donna. Plus, check out an exclusive clip from Season 9.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew Chicago's Don Brumfield
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    'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' Star Don Is Reportedly in the Hospital — Management Asks for Prayers

    What happened to Don from 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago'? After management shared that the star was in the hospital, fans have grown increasingly worried.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel
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    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel Talks About Gentrification Impacting His Business (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew' star Ceaser Emanuel sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about growing his tattoo empire and how gentrification played a role.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Jessica and Walt
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    'Black Ink Crew' Star Walt Gets Support From His Wife Amid Robbery Scandal

    'Black Ink Crew's Walt is getting support from his wife amid his robbery scandal. Here's what you need to know about her and what she said on Instagram.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • sky days
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    'Black Ink Crew' Producers Suspend Sky Over an Altercation Involving Her Son

    Why is Sky suspended from 'Black Ink Crew'? An incident involving her and her son shocked crew members. Keep reading for all the details.
    By Allison Cacich
  • Ceaser Emanuel
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    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel Shares How BLM Impacts His Life (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew' star Ceaser Emanuel sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about BLM shedding light on the struggle Black men deal with daily.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel
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    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser Emanuel Turned $20,000 Into a Million-Dollar Empire

    How much does Black Ink Crew make per episode? Since the show creator Ceaser Emanuel started with $20,000 he has grown to build millions.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Ceasar Emmanuel
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew' Stars Ceaser Emanuel and Walt Are No Longer Friends (EXCLUSIVE)

    'Black Ink Crew' star Ceaser Emanuel sat down with 'Distractify' to talk about Season 9 and how his relationship with Walt has changed. Details inside.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • Black Ink Crew's Ceasar Emmanuel and his girlfriend Suzzette
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew's Ceaser's Girlfriend Is an IG Model and a Realtor

    Who is Ceaser from 'Black Ink Crew' dating? The entrepreneur's girlfriend is an Instagram model and Realtor. Read on for more info.
    By Tatayana Yomary
  • ceasar Emmanuel
    Entertainment

    Ceaser From 'Black Ink Crew' Was Arrested in Brooklyn After Giving Police a Fake ID

    'Black Ink Crew's head-honcho Ceaser was arrested and went to jail for a traffic violation. Plus, find out what his real name is. Keep reading.
    By Sara Belcher
  • alex robinson
    Entertainment

    Here's Why Alex Robinson Is Suing 'Black Ink Boss' Boss Ceaser Emanuel

    Get all of the details on 'Black Ink Crew' star Alex Robinson's lawsuit against former employer Ceaser Emanuel.
    By Gabrielle Bernardini
  • Alison Monroe and joshua
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew' Star Alison Monroe Mourns the Loss of Her 14-Year-Old Son on Instagram

    Alison Monroe from 'Black Ink Crew' is grieving the loss of her 14-year-old son Joshua, who died of brain cancer.
    By Allison Cacich
  • Tatiana and Teddy
    Entertainment

    Tatiana Confronts Boyfriend Teddy Over Cheating Rumors on 'Black Ink Crew'

    What happened to Tatiana and Teddy on 'Black Ink Crew'? The duo's volatile relationship hits a new low.
    By Allison Cacich
  • black ink crew chicago
    Entertainment

    'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Has Nothing to Do With the Original 'Black Ink Crew'

    Does Ceaser own 9MAG, the tattoo parlor on 'Black Ink Crew Chicago'? The short answer is no — but he did ask about buying it.
    By Allison Cacich
  • black ink crew cast
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    'Black Ink Crew: Compton' Is Reportedly in the Works — Here's What We Know So Far

    The VH1 series 'Black Ink Crew' is reportedly filming a spinoff show based in Compton, California. Here's what we know so far.
    By Gabrielle Bernardini
  • Charmaine and Van
    Entertainment

    Did Charmaine and Van Actually Sleep Together on 'Black Ink Crew Chicago'?

    Did Charmaine and Van from 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' actually sleep together? Cast members and fans weigh in.
    By Allison Cacich
  • phor brumfield
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    Phor's New Fling on 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Has Dated Multiple Guys in the VH1 Universe

    Who is Phor's new girlfriend on 'Black Ink Crew Chicago'? The model has a history with more than one VH1 reality star. Details on the romance.
    By Allison Cacich
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    Entertainment

    Get to Know the Newest Star of VH1's 'Black Ink Crew,' iAm Compton

    Who is Kyla Pratt's husband? Get to know the star of 'Black Ink Crew: Compton' Danny "KP" Kilpatrick and who the talented artist has tattooed.
    By Gabrielle Bernardini
  • black ink crew compton
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    ‘Black Ink Crew’ Creator Explains Why They Came to Compton (EXCLUSIVE)

    This is why Compton made sense for the next backdrop for ‘Black Ink Crew.’
    By Carly Sitzer
  • vudu dahl
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    'Black Ink Crew Compton' Star Vudu Dahl Grew Up in a Religious Cult Led by Her Stepfather

    'Black Ink Crew Compton' star Vudu Dahl reveals what it was like growing up in her stepfather's cult. Details on her unconventional upbringing.
    By Allison Cacich
  • Lemeir Mitchell and Danielle
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    'Black Ink Crew Compton' Star Lemeir Mitchell Is About to Be a Father!

    Lemeir Mitchell from 'Black Ink Crew Compton' is expecting a baby with his girlfriend Danielle. Details on the longtime couple and new bundle of joy.
    By Allison Cacich
  • vudu dahl
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    Vudu Dahl Shares Disturbing Details About Her Abusive Past on 'Black Ink Crew Compton'

    Who is Vudu Dahl's father? The 'Black Ink Crew Compton' star prepares to confront the abusive cult leader a decade after she escaped.
    By Allison Cacich
  • charmaine walker
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    'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Star Charmaine Pays Tribute to Her Late Mom After Announcing Pregnancy

    Charmaine Walker from VH1's 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' reveals she's pregnant — and married — ahead of the Season 6 premiere.
    By Allison Cacich
  • Don and Ashley Black Ink Crew
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    Don and Ashley From 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' Are Splitting After She Found a Video of Him Cheating

    Don and Ashley from VH1's 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' are apparently heading in separate ways after a Snapchat video of Don cheating on his wife surfaced.
    By Lizzy Rosenberg
  • Rachel Leigh
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    Rachel From 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Is Juggling Two Famous Baby Daddies

    Who is 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' star Rachel Leigh's baby daddy? The business owner has two — and they're both in the spotlight.
    By Allison Cacich
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    Entertainment

    Teddy From 'Black Ink Crew' Has a Wife With (Possibly) More Sneakers Than Him

    Teddy Ruks from 'Black Ink Crew' reportedly tied the knot and is now married to a Korean model. Here's everything you need to know about his wife Euni.
    By Pippa Raga
  • ryan henry
    Entertainment

    Ryan Henry's Family Suffered a Tragedy Well Before 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago'

    Ryan lost his sister to a tragic act of violence years before 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' premiered, but what happened to Ryan’s sister is still with him today.
    By Chrissy Bobic
  • charmaine walker
    Entertainment

    Charmaine From 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Called out for Parenting Faux Pas

    Charmaine Walker welcomed a baby girl in March, and the 'Black Ink Crew Chicago' star has already received backlash over her parenting.
    By Allison Cacich
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