There was a time when TLC stood for The Learning Channel, now it seems that it just stands for horrendous oddities network. The "ink" shows which started off with Miami Ink seemed like a simple enough premise, some producers lease out a tattoo parlor and get intriguing people to run it, it was a fun enough concept the first season with Ami James and his tattoo artist friends working in a shop on Miami Beach. The viewer sees the daily goings on in the shop and the person getting the tattoo would explain the reasoning behind what tattoo they were getting, simple enough right? Well the next season they introduced Kat Von Dee. a southern California chola-rocker girl, to add spice to the mix. She added more of an indigestion to the mix, I stopped watching shortly thereafter. Von Dee soon got her own show which was more her own style, drama and people yelling and getting all dramatic, I really don't know if the show is still on or if Von Dee is too busy with other projects. In the meantime there was a London Ink that was on real briefly and there was a 'tatt' show about a shop that was inside a Vegas casino, I never even saw that one. But I'm glad that TLC announced that Ami James is back for NY Ink, I don't know too much about this incarnation but it shows promise in that it seems like a fresh start for James. I hope that TLC doesn't screw this one up like they do with other shows.