‘Black Ink’ looks to change negative stereotypes of Compton
COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — “Black Ink Crew: Compton” star Danny “KP” Kirkpatrick says he wants to combat the negative stereotype of African Americans in his city by opening what’s considered the first black-owned tattoo shop and documenting the challenges for VH1.
The 36-year-old famed tattoo artist says he felt compelled to open his iAMCompton shop to show that a black-owned business can thrive in his hometown of Compton, a city of roughly 100,000 people south of downtown Los Angeles.
The show, which airs Wednesdays on VH1, follows the cast who attempt to create a “safe zone” in one of the tougher cities in California.
The reality series is the third spinoff of the “Black Ink Crew” franchise. Other locations include Chicago and New York, which is currently airing its eighth season on Sundays.