Black Ink Crew Episode Five: Mating Season

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If you build it, they will come. And if you decide to open your own business after 15 years of friendship, your former employer will consider it a betrayal–at least on Black Ink Crew.

We’ve heard talk of Puma wanting to open his own shop ever since he and his dreadlocks walked out of Black Ink on the season premiere, and his decision to announce his new venture in front of friends and family officially put the wheels in motion. Will his friendship with Ceaser ever be the same after word spreads to his former employer? And will Teddy Ruks and his various women EVER be allowed in a New York City restaurant again? Panties and fine dining don’t mix.

Tonight’s episode saw former Black Ink employees celebrating their new freedom, and Teddy’s unorthodox way of dating blowing up in his face. But were they the best moments of the hour? Check out our picks, below.

Puma’s Big Announcement

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Using a night in the spotlight to his advantage, Puma tells the crowd at VIBE‘s Harlem Rising event that he’s opening up his own tattoo shop, Ink 124. Word has already gotten around to Dutchess and Ceaser, who genuinely seemed crushed by the news. Despite their different ideas of who’s responsible for Black Ink’s prosperity (Cease says Puma ran it into the ground; Puma says he’s the one responsible for hiring Walt and O’S**t) Teddy doesn’t seem to thrilled by the news (in his words, it’s a “bitch move”). Is this the Year of the Puma, or the beginning of an even bigger feud between the long-time friends?

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