Ami gives Mike a large back piece that represents him coming to terms with his father's suicide and coming out as a gay male. Kat gives Scott a Bettie Page pin-up, and Thomas gets a tattoo that reminds him of both the bad and good things he did in life.
Garver gives Danielle a tattoo of a Spanish Skull that will help her put closure to an abusive past, and Sylvie gets a fierce Asian style woman to represent the strong woman that she is today. As the new kid on the block, Kat is feeling lonely.
Not only are the guys down an artist at the shop with Kat gone, but the continued success of Love Hate means Ami and Nunez also need more staff at the bar. In the meantime, Ami helps Marissa put an end to the single life with a double happiness tattoo.
Ivy gets a cartoon version of herself, though she's not the happiest customer. Ami and Yoji sit side by side for the first time, and tattoo two best friends that are like sisters. Tattoo-less Josie comes in to apply for the store manager position.
Damon drops by to get a tattoo to symbolize his struggle with Type-1 diabetes-something Darren is all too familiar with. Alexis wants to get inked with a tattoo of a penny in memory of her dad. But Ami's not in the mood for loose change.
With Kat gone, we try out NYC based Miss D'Jo as her replacement.She hooks Chris up with a film themed family portrait. Darren gives Humberto a massive phoenix, symbolic of his ability to rise above a volitle childhood.
Ami and Nunez try and find a balance between working days at the shop and nights at their new bar. Unfortunately, Nunez enjoys working the bar a little too much and his irresponsible behavior pushes Ami to the edge.
Ami sends Nunez to drag racing school to cure him of his inner 'speed demon' and his pile of speeding tickets. He's a natural, and shows us what he's made of in a head-to-head race against a pro driver.Miss Kim drops in for a guest spot at Miami Ink.
Things are more hectic than ever in the shop. Dre has to pass her certification test or the shop's out a manager. Darren's in love and he's moving fast. Between a new fianc?e and baby on the way, he's facing some big life changes.
Yoji and Darren set out to create a unique baby clothing line that flaunts tattoo-based designs, but creative differences threaten to keep the project from getting off the ground.Ami helps Vanessa overcome a hard relationship with a cherry blossom tattoo.
Garver agrees to paint a piece of art to hang in a model home. Yoji gives Jasmine and Ali matching tattoos to show how much they are in love with each other. Meanwhile, Nunez tattoos a real-life mermaid.
The crew hits Post-Katrina New Orleans to spend some tourist dollars in the cash-strapped city, and do a guest artist stint at their friend's tattoo shop, Eye Candy. While in town they chow down on crawfish and share a few thrills at their haunted hotel.