Black Ink Crew Chicago Season 8: Details We Know So Far

Back in 2015, "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" premiered on VH1. The show, which follows the dramatic events of tattoo artists and crew members employed at the Black-owned tattoo shop 9MAG, is a spinoff of the incredibly popular show, "Black Ink Crew."  According to The Cinemaholic, the show has steadily progressed to become one of the most popular television shows on the VH1 television channel, alongside its fellow spinoff show "Black Ink Crew: Compton."

Just like many other reality television shows, the filming of "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" became far more complicated with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as cast member Charmaine Bey told Hip Hop Wired, even the pandemic couldn't prevent another season of "Black Ink Crew: Chicago" from dropping in October 2021. "I was grateful and fortunate because there was a time during the pandemic where you see all these headlines about these shows being canceled," Bey said. "And I was just praying that that wouldn't happen to us because we love filming our TV show. And I mean, I would have been really sad. I'm really fortunate and so happy that we are still on the air, even without a pandemic. We're in our seventh season, and a lot of shows don't make it that long. And for us to be putting out even better content than we were before."

Read on to learn more about the 8th season of "Black Ink Crew: Chicago."

When will the 8th season of the show premiere?

At this point, nothing has been announced regarding the premiere date of the 8th  season of "Black Ink Crew: Chicago." This is likely due to the fact that the 7th season of the show just debuted on VH1 back in October 2021.

The 7th season was packed with quite a bit of action. As MadameNoire reported, Ryan Henry finally spoke with his former best friend, Anthony Lindsay, about the affair that he had with Lindsay's wife in 2020. "I didn't come here to repair a relationship with Anthony," Henry said in his confessional on the show, per MadameNoire. "I came here to give him what I owed him as a man. To give him what I owed him as a friend and if that never results in a friendship again that's fine. I've learned to live through life knowing that with the mistakes you've made [that] there's consequences to it." During an interview with Hip Hop Wired, Henry revealed that his friendship with Lindsay is over.

Cast member Charmaine Bey also spoke about the recent losses of her mother and father during the 7th season of the show. "Our show has allowed me to use it as therapy sometimes where I'll be holding in all my emotions, and my emotions is at the very tip of the iceberg," Bey told Hip Hop Wired.

Who will star in the show's 8th season?

Throughout the show's 6 seasons, it has documented the success, failures, rivalries, and general drama of several tattoo artists, tattoo shop owners, piercers, and their significant others. The primary stars of the show are Ryan Henry, the owner of 9MAG; Charmaine Bey, co-owner of 2nd City Ink; piercers Phor Brumfield and Don Brumfield; and 2nd City Ink employee Kitty Sovain, according to VH1.

Given the fact that no news has been released regarding the fate of the 8th  season of "Black Ink Crew: Chicago," nothing yet is known about which cast members might be returning to the reality television show. The return of Sovain (also known by her nickname, Miss Kitty) in Season 7 of the show was shocking for many, considering that she left the show after it was revealed that she had a fling with her boss, Henry. Sovain then went on to star in "Black Ink Crew: New York," though she was eventually fired when her fellow cast members could focus on little else aside from her fling with Henry. According to Showbiz Cheat Sheet, despite the drama surrounding their relationship, Sovain has maintained a good relationship with Henry.

Bey recently gave birth to her 2nd child

On Saturday, Charmaine Bey gave birth to her 2nd child — a daughter named Charli. As Charmaine revealed in a heartwarming Instagram post, February 12 is an especially significant date, as it is the birthday of her mother, who died in 2019. I can't believe I gave birth on my heavenly mother's birthday! Greatest gift God could give me. Showing me that my parents still have their hands in everything involving my little family," Bey captioned a photo of herself, her husband, Neek Bey, and her daughter on Instagram. Bey gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Nola, in March 2020, per People.

For the past few years, her daughter, Nola, and her husband, Neek, have been constant fixtures on her Instagram account. Just after Nola was born, Charmaine wrote a touching tribute to her husband to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. "Words can't express the love I have for u and our family," Charmaine wrote in the March 2020 Instagram post. "Thank you for always putting us first. Anyone that knows Neek knows that he does not play around when it comes to his family and I'm so grateful to have you protect what we have created. Nothing in this world is more important to me than what we have built."