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Hero Ink

Hero Ink

  • Premiered: 
    June 6, 2019
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  • Network: A&E
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: tattoo

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Plot Synopsis

HERO INK is a half-hour reality series that follows the daily work at Prison Break Tattoos, a unique shop in Houston, TX that specializes in creating meaningful tattoos for first responders. Bringing together artists who have a connection to the world of first responders and understand their sense of duty, Prison Break Tattoos is a haven for clients to share their stories and pay tribute to the moments on the job that have had a profound impact on their lives. Each half-hour episode features stories from several first responders - including cops, firefighters, EMS professionals and members of the military. Prison Break Tattoos owner BK Klev, a 25-year veteran of the Houston police department, matches each client with the artist he feels will connect with them best and help tell their story through a tattoo. Featured artists are Rich who served in the NYPD for 11 years, military wife Janice Danger, former Marine "Tony 4 Fingers," Zoey who was rescued by police as a child, and current Houston firefighter Robbie - all with a strong connection to the world of first responders. As the artists work to create a permanent tribute, each client shares their personal and often emotional stories of heroism which are brought to life through body-cam footage, news coverage, and personal photos.

In the series premiere, "What Lies Under Here," Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin, from A&E's "Live PD," stops by to get a special tattoo to commemorate his decades of service. Other stories featured include tributes to service animals, first responders who risked everything to help others on September 11th, heroes who came together to protect people and property from natural disasters, and teams who have made difficult decisions amid harrowing ordeals. In each case, the clients honor these stories of bravery through a unique tattoo that serves as a lifelong reminder to the moments and people who have impacted their lives and the lives of others.
On Thursday, July 11, 2019 from 11pm-Midnight ET/PT, A&E premiered the season finale of HERO INK, debuting back-to-back new episodes:

"Never Give Up" (11pm): A married pair of police officers, Stephanie and Kyle, share a lion tattoo to remember the night Stephanie was shot on the job. A California firefighter's motto "Never Give Up" plays an important part in his tattoo as he recalls the time he pulled a dog from a burning building. A Texas SWAT officer recounts a horrific family hostage situation.

"Against All Odds" (11:30pm): Former Houston PD officer Jason Roy shares his miraculous story of survival and recovery after a near-fatal car wreck during a high speed chase. Janice tattoos an Oklahoma police officer who became an internet sensation after putting a donkey in the back of his squad car, and an EMT gets tattooed to help her deal with the psychological scars that come with the job.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Matador (as Matador Content)


  • Prison Break Tattoos - Houston, Texas USA