'Black Ink Crew: Chicago': 9Mag's Ryan Henry takes a sabbatical for therapy

Ryan decides to take a break for some well-deserved peace and quiet, whilst focusing on himself

                            'Black Ink Crew: Chicago': 9Mag's Ryan Henry takes a sabbatical for therapy
Ryan Henry in 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' (VH1)

There's something about drama-filled reality shows with petty fights and misunderstandings that are quite immature but almost impossible to discontinue watching since we're already so invested in the stars' life, as an audience. It's safe to say that, 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' is a classic example for such shows. In the recent episode that aired on November 15, 2021, 9Mag tattoo shop owner, Ryan Henry takes a step back to focus on what's really important in life.

The reality show throws light on the day-to-day operations of 9Mag tattoo shop's crew, as they overcome struggles they face in the industry. The real competition seems to be among the crew members themselves, via dramatic exits, fallouts and bad-mouthing one another. Does it get any better than this?


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Recent events on the reality show have had the crew have issues with one another, miscommunication, bad-mouthing and backstabbing. As a crew leader, it's given that Ryan's job is to manage both his tattoo shop as well as his colleagues but things seem to be getting out of hand and blowing out of proportion. 

With Charmaine's personal issues with Kitty, Draya and Prince and vice versa, their attitude in general, and the lack of understanding between the coworkers themselves, Ryan was at his wit's end on the episode. 

Before long, he talks to Don about taking some time out for himself and focusing solely on therapy sessions and his wellbeing. Given Ryan's past, he has not handled messy situations to the best of his potential and with the responsibilities that come with being a crew leader, he does not intend to mess anything up even more. 

Having said that, Don and Phor are completely supportive of Ryan's decision, and also think that he's is right to make a call as such. They assure him that everything will be taken care of and that Ryan can have his "me time" for whoever long he thinks is necessary. 

Having said that, here's hoping things change for the better without Ryan in the picture, having to monitor the ladies' behavior towards one another. 

How long will Ryan be away? When will he be back on the show? Who will be taking his place as the leader until he's ready to be back? Seems like we've to stay tuned to see how this one pans itself out!

Stay tuned for new episodes of Season 7 of 'Black Ink Crew: Chicago' every Monday at 8 pm ET on VH1.

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