LA Ink Season 5

With absolutely no fan fare and little presence on the internets LA Ink unrolled season 5.

Did Aubrey get fired? Hell, yeah. Is Cory still Kat’s rock? Yes, indeed.

The producers or who ever is in charge of shows like this really milked the psycho drama. So many of the little nasties in the storyline  had to be fake, fake, fake.


Cory can’t take time off because prissy Dan gets special treatment to go on the road whenever he wants.

Anyone who has checked out the High Voltage shop site knows that Kat employs nearly a dozen tattoo artists. So Cory is not responsible for holding the shop together, doing all the tattoos by himself.

Eric commented on this very thing last October. Right on, Eric.

We never see the other artist on the show for whatever reason — please somebody fill us in on how this stuff works — anybody from the reality tv show biz can you enlighten us? Like I said last fall I would love to know how much the principle  “actors”  get paid.

The first show of the season did show Aubrey getting right over to see Paulie and Amy at Craig’s shop. I think they will maintain a parallel operation in this fifth season, like Custoncruiserroy mentioned on last years post.

I do think Paulie is good, Amy is compelling and the eccentric Craig is very interesting.

Perhaps the show producers are hedging their bets for good reason.

Kat von D seems to have a really tough time negotiating the realities of business and the myriad projects she takes on. She has been relying heavily on her sister, Karoline, as a personal assistant.

Karoline organizes everything for Kat and reminds her of what to do when.

Granted Kat is a gifted artist, a Pisces. She is very creative and does not operate from the linear, logic mode. Though she is very ambitious she often gets tangled up and befuddled by the requirements of the real world.

There is double drama this season. Audrey is gone and Kat need a new shop manager as soon as possible. On top of that Karoline is taking an open ended vacation to South America.

Good for you, Karoline! Take care of yourself and your needs. It seems Kat can use people right up with out even realizing it ( I hope it’s unconscious). She really keeps a lot of creative work on her plate. Life is short and she’s going for the gusto, homes.

Kat is flogged by this news. She is about to hire a woman with what seems like a really questionable self-opinion for shop manager.

“I’m usually over qualified for jobs, ”  says the new candidate. She wants to take control. How will that go down in the shop?

Kat knows nothing about hiring management help. It would seem one must be aggressive and invisible to get along in the shop. TCB and stay out of everyone’s face.

Don’t get me wrong. Somebody need to take control but not in a poseur sort of way. Kat cannot deal with many elements of the biz. This is how many musicians end up screwed by their management. They have no head for business. It will be interesting to see if Kat can negotiate this rough terrain.

As usual my enjoyment of the show will be directly related to how fake and fabricated it seems. Please, powers that be, don’t neglect the ART! Read beth’s comments.

TLC producers — If you want a show about immature emotional drama rent a house, fill it with mediocre tattoo givers, have them tattoo one another and watch what happens. And make sure they have a well stocked bar. Hilarity and shameless grandstanding will ensue.

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7 Responses to “LA Ink Season 5”

  1. What ever is real Cory does seem to be taking a lot of crap from Kat I think he should just walk out let Kat attempt to handle things on her own because she does such a fine job hirering brain dead people on her own and get rid of the new girl who thinks she sooo smart and knows nothing about tattooing. I love watching the art work but the drama is so boring I have my share of tattoos and would have more but they just cost way too much you never bring that aspect into the show!

    • I am still watching the show and yet every time it’s more irritating. I am now questioning what is real and what is manipulated even in Cory and Kat’s relationship. I hate the producers or whomever is responsible for this lame lame transformation of a really interesting show about art and people into reality show faux drama.
      They are making Kat look like a really selfish ditz.

    • Dan is just like a woman isnt he? Is he gay?

  2. I wish the producers would stop bringing in all these “actors” to be shop manager /trouble making PITAS and just get back to the art of the show which is what people tune in for anyway. There is so little tattoo work going on now it is rediculous it is just a drama filled piece of crap with a lttle art thrown in. I am sick of them making Kat look like a clueless idiot.

  3. The confusing part to me is this: if this is your show, the show that put your name on the map, the show that made you, why would you agree to let it go this route? Yes, producers have a large part in it but so does Kat. They have no show without her. So, I am confused on why, if this is due to producers, she would agree to do it? Money is the only thing I can think of. I remember Kat crying on Miami Ink miserable and wavering…now I see someone who is so wrapped up they have no connection with the people around them. I feel like this is just where it ended up.

  4. Shadow Rider Says:

    Kat calling Corey disrespectful is like calling the kettle black. While she has gone about doing everything but tattoing, and leaving Corey to basically handle the shop (her managers, give me a break, my 7 year old can do a better job).

    Dan asks for time to go on gigs with his band, hey no problem. Even while Corey is attempting to get a bit of time off. She takes off and has no concept of what’s going on in her shop, leaves Corey holding the bag.

    Fast Forward, Corey needs some time off, she has a hissy fit, calls him disrespectful and such. He invites her to watch him perform, does she. No, but she did go see Dan perform. She gets all hurt because he doesn’t show for her BBQ. She’s complaining because by him taking some time off, or showing up late, he’s not meeting his customer quota. Is she’s so concerned, how did she manage to get the whole shop to her BBQ, who was left at the office.

    Corey has a thriving business, a growing family that is becoming a distant relative, can’t be in his band because he works cross town.

    Corey, leave the disrespectful bitch and go on with your life. You surely don’t need a so called friend like her.

    Kim and Hannah had the right idea by bailing early in the game, guess they saw right through her.

  5. Esmeralda D. Iniguez Says:

    Amy and Ruthless really pissed me off. But oh well they got fired. I think that Ruthless will end up working with Kat, I just know she’s going to ask her for a job:)

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