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Black Ink Crew: Chicago

Black Ink Crew: Chicago

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Photo Credit:  VH1
  • Premiered: 
    October 26, 2015
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  • Network: VH1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    2nd series in BLACK INK CREW franchise, following Black Ink Crew 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: tattoo

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Plot Synopsis

BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO is a one-hour reality series that follows a group of friends and co-workers at 9Mag, a Windy City tattoo shop that is a mecca for hip hop elites, celebrities and athletes. The crew includes: Ryan, the owner of 9Mag, who created the business as a legacy to his late sister and niece; Kat, the shop's female tattoo artist, who is the "little sister" of the shop and flirts shamelessly with Phor -- but finds it hard to commit to him because of her ambitious career goals; tattoo artist Phor, who burns the candle at both ends, tattooing, spending time in the studio, and, of course, partying with his 9Mag family; event planner Charmaine, whose flirtatious nature creates tension and drama in the shop, especially between Don and his girlfriend, Ashley; Don, Phor's little brother and assistant, who tries to maintain his focus so he can provide for Ashley and their two-year-old son, DJ; receptionist Danielle, who is Charmaine's cousin and Kat's former college roommate; and Van, Ryan's former business rival, who got his start tattooing from his mom's basement and took his business to another level when he partnered with Ryan.

Season 2 of BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO premiered on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as VH1 debuted back-to-back new episodes. Back to the business and hustle at 9Mag, the notorious tattoo shop in the heart of Chicago, season two follows the crew as they are faced with huge changes in their personal lives and even bigger changes in the shop that once brought them all together. This season welcomes back series regulars Ryan, Kat, Phor, Charmaine, Don, Van, and Danielle, along with new tattoo artists Cobra Kat and Junior Diaz. Competition in the shop is on the rise and 9Mag is faced with more threats than ever as ego and tensions within the group cause loyalty to be tested. The drama continues when Van is released from prison, a secret love child is revealed and an unexpected relationship forms that causes a divide within the shop. Expect more ink, more heart and even more drama from the streets of America's roughest city.

BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO returned for its third season on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1, immediately following a 10-hour marathon (10am-8pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "The New Barack and Michelle Obama," Ryan battles his staff over their growing disrespect towards him. Don and Ashley's marital bliss is threatened. Kat leaves Chicago for LA. Van starts a brawl at the 9Mag anniversary party. Ashley starts trouble with Charmaine. BLACK IN CREW: CHICAGO returned with new episodes on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT, as VH1 premiered back-to-back new episodes, "Freeze My Fupa!" and "Lola from NOLA." Ryan returns to the shop after a health scare. JR gets information about Lily. Phor questions his career as a tattoo artist. Kat questions her life in LA. Charmaine's career takes priority over Neek. Don blows up after hearing the crew bully Cobra.

Season 4 of BLACK IN CREW: CHICAGO premiered on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. Can 9 Mag undergo a successful restructuring despite old betrayals, new rivalries and opposing views on the future? Highlights of the new season include: shop owner Ryan rebuilding the trust and morale among the crew; Van stepping up as a leader by opening a retail shop; Charmaine returning as shop manager while her career as a radio personality and entrepreneur continues to blossom; Don spending more time with his new baby Ashdon and wife Ashley to concentrate on fatherhood and repair his relationship after a social media scanda; Lily embracing the single life and providing for her mother and sisters after her father's passing; newly engaged Danielle is looking to the future, but trouble may already brewing ahead of her impending nuptials; and Phor questioning his role in the 9 Mag rebrand and focusing on his music by touring the country with the support of his entrepreneur girlfriend Nikki.

Season 5 of BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO premiered on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on VH1. This season, as new artists emerge and familiar faces return, the crew strives to salvage the true identity of 9Mag. Ryan reclaims his throne as the shop's boss and Chicago's tattoo kingpin. He is also finally putting himself first professionally and personally after recently becoming single. Van is still wearing his 9Mag tattoo with pride and refuses to be excluded from the team. Charmaine tries to navigate life after Loyal Ink, but misses the excitement of the old crew. Don is repairing his marriage and stepping up as a leader in the shop. After making strides in his music career, Phor is hopeful about the future of 9Mag. Lily has a renewed focus on her work, but won't tolerate disloyalty. In the season opener, "9MAG is Forever," Ryan returns to run the shop with a new team and a fresh vision. Don, Char and Van try to move on from the hurt Ryan caused them. Phor is caught in the middle of his feuding tattoo family. Tempers flare when Ryan hands out a long overdue apology. After a three-month break, BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO returned with new episodes on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1. In the mid-season premiere, "Don't Come for Queen Latifah," Ryan's all new 9Mag shop is open for business with a fresh talent line up. Van takes over the old shop by marking his territory with a new set of rules. Phor is back from hiatus and learns that not everyone has access to Ryan's new kingdom.
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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, VH1 premiered "Period, End of Sentence," the Season 5 finale of BLACK INK CREW: CHICAGO. The happiest day of Charmaine's life is overshadowed by a rumor that won't die. Ryan decides it's time for a change at 9MAG and Don is just the one to make it.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Big Fish Entertainment

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