Kinfolk episode 4 of my favorite new show Black Ink Crew Chicago has come and gone. If you missed it I am here to give you the rundown. Last week when we left the 9 Mag crew Ashley( Don’s Baby Mama) tried to steam roll Charmaine after she revealed that she and Don had smashed. Of course Don goes from 0 to 100 real quick when confronted by Ashley.
Episode 4 picks up the next morning after the whole debacle. The ladies of the shop are recounting the nights events and Charmiane is puzzled as to why Ashley would try to attack her, hmmmm could it be the smug ass way you told her that you f*cked her man? I still don’t believe this story Charmaine is selling about not knowing about Ashley it’s pure and utter bullshit! Meanwhile the fellas of the shop are somewhere else recounting the night event as well. Don flat out denys sleeping with Charmaine, because he knows he has f*cked up royally with Ashley(he hasn’t been home in days). Phor rocks with his brother, but Van isn’t convinced and neither am I. They clearly f*cked and Charmaine knew about Ashley and it is what it GOTDAMN is! One thing I don’t like is Ashley using her son as a pawn to control Don, why do women do that?
Being that Charmine is embroiled in the DonGate scandal at the shop of course she can’t do her damn job, and she is full of excuses. Ryan is not HERE for the excuses and wants the business handled first before all the other side sh*t! I couldn’t agree more! Asshole tendencies aside, Ryan is about his business.
Danielle visits Kat after she receives a call from her ex-boyfriend. Their relationship ended on bad note and Kat is still feeling the after effects of the relationship gone wrong, and clearly still has feelings for her ex. Of course Danielle is all like f*ck that n*gga! He’s no good for you. Danielle tries to put in a good word for Phor, because Kat is hesitant to let her guard down because of past hurt.
Van’s looming 18 month jail stint is the topic of conversation at a meeting at 9 mag. The crew vows to stand behind Van. Ryan is clearly having spearation anxiety issues what with Phor trying to persue his rap career,Van possibly going to jail, and his children moving to Cali. Ryan is slowly unraveling and misdirecting his anger.
Kat is selected for a spread in Urban Ink which is the tattoo artist’s dream, as it provides exposure and fame. Ryan is not really too happy or congratulatory about Kat’s good news, but he begrudgingly allows Kat to use the the shop for the shoot. Ryan question Kat’s loyalty and is operating under the assumption that everyone is going to stay at 9 Mag forever and never branch out and do other things. Kat on the other hand isn’t operating under that assumption and plans to branch out. This episode provided us a little back story on Kat. She grew up in a good home, received a scholarship for college, but dropped out during her senior year to persue tattooing *side eye* I am all for pursing your dreams, but your senior year!?! Really girl? Kat’s ink game is fire she tattoos her own leg upside down.
DonGate is again a topic of discussion, Ryan wants to get to the bottom of it. Don on the other hand wants it to go away and shuts down the conversation every time it’s brought up. Charmaine is feeling like a THOT and sheds a tear. Ladies and gentlemen this is why you don’t f*ck people that you work with because when the shit hits the fan it’s never good. I’m almost certain they f*cked and Charmaine knew about Ashley case closed!
On the day of the shoot Ryan is being his usual asshole self and becomes offended when the photographer refers to him and the other guys as props in the photo shoot and unceremoniously dismisses them after he is finished using them. Ryan storms off and goes to tattoo an old friend and reflects on his life in the streets and is again questioning Kat’s loyalty to 9 Mag.
The best part of the episode is when Don finally decides to go home and Ashley is packing his shit up to get him the f*ck out! The look on Don’s face is priceless. Don has clearly fucked up, but of course we get the whole, “I want my family back” song and dance, but I can’t keep my dick in my pants! I will say Ashley is a bit overbearing and she uses their child as a pawn, which is f*cked up on so many levels. He either wants to be with you not, that has nothing to do with co-parenting.
Back at 9 Mag Van and Ryan discuss his case and Ryan spazzes the whole entire f*ck out. He gets into with another associate of his, and then Van gets into with that associate. It’s a hot ghetto mess. Ryan doesn’t know how to express his frustrations about his family leaving and crew members moving on to other opportunities in a more productive way so he lashes out. Long story short he hops in a Uber and heads home. Check back next week for another recap.
Side Note: I love the fact that they actually tattoo on this show, and they are actually GOOD tattoos! No shade to NY, but shade!
Whut say you?