Ceaser’s mother, nicknamed Mommy, visits the Black Ink Tattoo Studio on Black Ink Crew. She asks Ceaser where the rest of the staff is when she doesn’t recognize everyone around her. Ceaser, Dutchess and Teddy explain that some of the old staff has left the shop, including Sassy. More specifically, they tell Mommy that Sassy quit her job at Black Ink because of joking around the shop about Teddy sleeping with Sassy. Teddy expresses his frustration with the fact that he’s in the middle of a conflict that caused Sassy to cry. Dutchess says she doesn’t care how Sassy feels, given that Dutchess’ relationship with Ceaser was the butt of Sassy’s jokes. Mommy tells Ceaser that he needs to fix things with Sassy, which grates at him.
This VH1 series chronicles the personal and professional ups and downs of the Black Ink Tattoo Studio staff. Run by Ceaser, a young businessman who’s gathered mostly friends to work with him, the “Black Ink Crew” attempts to push the studio to greatness. However, interpersonal relationships, private baggage and workplace difficulties constantly threaten to derail their brand and their success. The staff includes a firecracker mix of personalities: Dutchess, a tattoo enthusiast dating Ceaser who takes little sitting down; Sassy, a voice of reason among her often rambunctious colleagues; Teddy, notorious among his friends for his womanizing ways; Puma, the studio’s PR rep with a sense of humor; O’Sh*t, the group’s trouble-prone talent; and Walt, formerly the head of operations. Also hovering in the orbit of the group is Alex, a fired employee scorned by most of the staff.