Darren has to be careful doing a tattoo for a man with type 1 diabetes, Nunez gets a little out of control with spending, Kat tattoos a man's daughter's portrait, and also creates a winged penny design for a woman in remembrance of her father, who told her that if she finds a penny face up on the ground it means that her guardian angel is watching over her.
Yoji learns that he must show improvement in his drawing skills or Ami will remove him from his apprenticeship.
Tensions rise when Ami leaves town just as a huge storm is about to hit and leaves Chris Nunez in charge. Meanwhile, Darren tries to convince his wife to leave Connecticut and join him.
Nunez's partying starts to get in the way of his work and demeans the shop's reputation. Meanwhile, Ami spends time with his mother, who is visiting from Israel.
Kat makes a surprise visit from Los Angeles, delighting the overworked staff, and Ami tries to get past the memory of a past accident and resume rising a motorcycle.
Darren does an inspirational tattoo to honor a man's uncle, while Garver does one for a woman who has struggled for years to overcome an eating disorder. Yoji's long work hours are affecting his family life, and the gang offers to look after his daughter while he and his wife see a family therapist. Meanwhile, the guys are jealous of Nunez's lunch date, and Ami places a radio ad for a friend who is looking for a fiancee.
Kat stays on and helps out while Ami and Chris are vacationing in Hawaii. Now under the temporary management of Nunez, the shop is kept busy doing an intricate Alphonse Mucha design for a breast-cancer survivor and a special tattoo for custom-motorcycle builder Billy Lane. Meanwhile, apprentice Yoji gets his first solo job for a paying customer.
Garver works on a guardian angel design while Ami finishes a Hindu-inspired piece and then undertakes a Hawaiian-themed design. However, with so much work to do, the long hours are getting to everyone.
Darren's wife finally moves to Miami, forcing him to give up his notorious partying. Meanwhile, Yoji and Ami participate in a celebrity ping-pong tournament to benefit underprivileged kids.
Nunez gives a young girl the design of her dreams, then helps another with an image to keep her mother's memory alive. Meanwhile, Darren gives his father a first tattoo, and Garver places an image of the World Trade Center on a skateboarder.
Against Ami's wishes, Yoji gets a Mohawk haircut and adds a tattoo to his head. But Ami can't complain too much when apprentice Yoji finally gets his first paying client.
Ami does a rosary design for a girl in memory of her grandfather, Darren makes a design to remind a rock musician that you only live once, and Garver creates a skull tattoo.
Later, the guys temporarily leave the tattoo world and collaborate on paintings for an international art show.
Circus sideshow workers get tattoos of a rubber-chicken prop and the Coney Island Wonder Wheel ride.
A man in medical school honors those who helped him; a woman pays tribute to her mother with a special pinup tattoo.
A rapper gets the words "forgive us" inked; Darren designs a tattoo for a line of custom choppers.
Overhaulin' host Chris Jacobs gets a tattoo.
A Madre de Agua (mother of water) tattoo is done by Kat for a woman who lost her father; a man gets a clock and crying-woman image to symbolize time he lost with his loved ones while incarcerated.
When Ami's buddy Yaniv comes to Miami with his Japanese apprentice Kosuke, to drop off Ami's bike, Ami and Yaniv decide to swap apprentices for the day, leaving Yoji to experience a new world of grease.
Miami Ink celebrates its first year; Ami helps Crystal heal the pain of her mother's murder with a guardian-angel tattoo; a hip-hop artist is back for round two on his back piece.
Yoji moves his family into a larger place. Kat does a tattoo of slain pop singer Selena for her brother. Darren has Garver give him a tattoo in the image of his tiny dog, Pachuco.
Visiting Korn's Family Values tour, Darren gives the bass player tattoos of his band-mate's autographs. Nunez works on a friend's back tattoo. A kid on a Make-a-Wish trip comes by the shop.
Nunez helps a woman redo her tattoo tribute to her late husband. Ami creates a freehand dragon design for a man who has overcome a terrible addiction. Kat makes a portrait of a man's mother.
Ami's dog Bella goes wild in the shop, so Nunez and Yoji decide to pay for her to be professionally trained. A fan of Nunez's work comes in for a tattoo that will serve to put the past behind her. A friend of Ami's comes in from Seattle to have a Hanya mask added to her arm.
Living in a different time zone from her husband Oliver is taking a toll on Kat's marriage, so when he comes to visit they consult a psychic for counseling. Nunez creates a memorial to a client's dog. Ami makes a complex back design in tribute to Eastern medicine.
Graffiti artist G-Wiz has abandoned illegal activities in favor of a mural project for a local charity, and asks Darren and Nunez to assist, but they aren't sure if they still have the necessary skills.
Kat comes up with a design that's a tribute to extreme sports, gets a cooking lesson, and is visited by her mom. Garver doesn't seem so strong around women anymore after a special customer visits.Garver also creates a design for a woman in the style of a 1940s-style pinup.
Yoji decides to put together a punk-rock band. Garver resumes work on Nunez's back tattoo after an eight-year hiatus. Ami continues his detail work on tattoos of a pin-up girl and a motorcycle.
Ami and Nunez's bar may not open as scheduled because of problems with their business partners.
Ami and Nunez do some tattoos for the gang at "American Chopper."