Tempers boiled over on the "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" season premiere and it appears 9Mag (or at least, how it used to be) is dunzo. However, there's still love between 9Mag owner Ryan Henry and one of his castmates. At least. More inside...
"Black Ink Crew: Chicago" season 4 debuted with a bang last night...literally. If you're obsessed with the show like we are, your jaw dropped at all the foolery as well.
9Mag owner Ryan Henry and his ongoing feud with his tattoo artists came to a head when we learn during the premiere that Ryan trashed the entire shop...well, everything except his own ish. He destroyed everyone's work stations and blacked out the 9Mag logo inside along with taking down the 9Mag sign outside.
It gets worse...
Van, Charmaine, Phor, Don, Lily and Cobra (Kat dipped, she's still in LA)came to work one day and found the mess. They also discovered a bullet hole in the wall.
After talking, they decide Van should talk to Ryan. (Of all people.) The two meet up one night and Ryan admitted he trashed the shop. And get this...
Ryan trashing the shop caused production to halt for a week. Not only that, cops were called when a neighbor saw Ryan doing damage to the property. According to a police report (via the Chicago Tribune), it all went down on January 31st. Ryan is reportedly seen on video carrying a weapon “unknown if rifle or shotgun” at about 2AM at Lacuna Lofts, where the shop is located. The police report states no one was hurt, but there was damage to every room in the shop.
Executive producer Dan Cesareo spoke with the Tribune about the incident saying:
“We used this opportunity to reassess safety and security of the team and the community around us. We put significant additional measures in place to keep our cast and our crew and the community around us safe and be a good member of the loft community,” Cesareo told the Tribune by phone. “I think it’s something that both Big Fish (Entertainment), as a production company, and the network worked very closely together and put a lot of thought and time into how we were moving forward with the show.”
Cesareo declined to detail the new safety measures and said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Ryan hasn't been criminally charged.
Fans are torn on who's right in this situation. Some people feel like Ryan should have been separated himself from the group because they don't respect him anyway. For some reason, the tattoo artists all think they hold equal keys to the Nine Mag kingdom and believe they "own" it too simply because they work there and put on for the company. Meanwhile, others feel like Ryan was dead wrong for how he treated the cast for HIS mistake. However, there's still love between Ryan and Phor. See their brotherly exchange following the show below:
Not everyone is go agree with you or see shit your way bro and that’s fine yeah shit is fucked up and prolly will never get back the way it was but business is business end of it all your still one of my best friends and my brother regardless the situation “NO ONES” perfect we all make mistakes as men all we can do is learn from it it’s not a lost it’s a lesson here to stay it’ll all work it’s self out @ryanhenrytattoo #NMOLX9M #blackinkcrewchi
As we were coming up to the show's season premiere, Van was keeping fans up-to-date with everything that was going on. Apparently, there were some flyers circulating saying the full cast would be hosting some premiere parties. Van hopped on IG to let fans know it was fake news.
To all of the dear fans and supporters out there I’m honestly just as confused as you all are after seeing multiple flyers roaming of a premier party, multiple DMs of people trying to figure out what the hell is going on so I will set the record straight personally. These premier parties usually are planned out between main cast members, we discuss everything ahead of time so they’re won’t be any miscommunication, our families have VIP seating, and personal friends of ours are generally on the guest list so everyone can be on one accord. I just called Don, Charmaine, Lily and Daniel was over my place this past weekend and they all agreed they were NOT participating and doing they’re own thing this year due to bullshit that’s been going on period. I’ve personally reached out to @ryanhenrytattoo to talk it over and make it make sense to be around each others friends family etc. NO ANSWER yet I’m still on a flyer along with 5 other prime cast that won’t be there, personally I would love to come show face and party with all of you because as viewers you all are the reason we’re here, thus far you’re the reason we have a season 4 grossing millions of viewers. I haven’t spoken with anyone to resolve this idiotic situation nor did I agree to this final location/flyer, IF I HAD ANY COMMUNICATION TO DO THIS THE CORRECT WAY I SWEAR TO YOU I WOULD DEFINITELY BE HERE, I ONLY WANT THE BEST FOR LOYAL INK AND 9MAG, THESE SHOPS SHOULD SHOW GROWTH, NOT A DIVIDE IN WHAT WE ALL CREATED AS YOUNG BLACK ENTREPRENEURS, ITS SO MUCH MONEY TO BE MADE WHEN WORKING TOGETHER THAN WHEN APART AND IN MY LIFE NOW IM FOCUSED ON THE THINGS THAT I CAN CHANGE VS THE THINGS I CAN NOT, I DO NOT HAVE BAD BLOOD WITH RYAN HIS FAMILY OR FRIENDS BECAUSE WHEN I SEE THEM THEY SHAKE MY HAND BECAUSE OF RESPECT, THIS SOCIAL MEDIA SHIT CAN HAVE YOUR MINDS TWISTED FROM WHAT GOES ON IN REAL LIFE. IN CLOSING I WILL BE WATCHING THE SHOW IN MY HUMBLE ABODE SAFE AND SOUND, AND IF THE SMOKE CLEARS BEFORE TOMORROW EVENING I WILL SEE YOU AT BOTH PREMIERE PARTIES, PEACE AND LOVE #BLACKINKCHICAGO #LOYALINK #CAITATTOOS #CHICAGORILLA #SEASON4 #GETMONEY
And guess what? It seems Van and the others have opened their own tattoo shop, LOYAL INK. It's unclear if Phor and Don are working here.
And it seems Ryan copped a brand new crew under his label 9Mag:
He said his Goodbye to the old 9Mag last month:
#TBT... #9MAG was what it was.. A Haven for all things creatively possible. thank you to all the people that helped make it become what it has, clients, artists, friends, family even Foes alike. Love everyone for that... Lacuna was a mecca for MOST of Chicago's greatest talents at some point in the last 10 years. but no ONE thing lasts forever. Thank you Cacciatore's, for everything from 5th to 1st floor and Everything in beteeen, it was an honor. To all future inquirers to visit... This is no Longer #9MAG. But I been cooking. Stay Tuned... #9MAG returns this Month... Peace and Love.
Guess we'll see how this mess all plays out...