'Black Ink Crew Chicago' Fan Asks Van Why He's No Longer on the Show + He Responds


‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’ Fan Asks Van Why He’s No Longer on the Show + He Responds

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Photo Credit: VH1

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

“Black Ink Crew Chicago” is back for an all-new season. And a lot of changes have been made to the cast. Bella, Lily, Van, and Jenn did not return. Charmaine is still on the show and even opened her own tattoo shop. With a whole new crew to manage, there is already drama in the new shop.

But that hasn’t stopped some fans from missing the familiar faces. In fact, one fan asked Van why he is no longer on the show. And Van actually responded.

Click next for the details. 

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Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.


  1. Mo

    December 15, 2019 at 10:22 am

    VH1 gave him the boot and i’m sure he will be back…. -_-

    • Loitra Deramus

      December 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      I hope not I like the new change is good tired of the fighting need to grow up, lieing, cheating to faced to Ryan, VH1 I agree plus Van being sued, never do tats to busy being stupid, get new peopl chenge is good.Congrts VH1, always disrespecting one another.

    • Tina J Hansen

      January 9, 2020 at 2:06 am

      Bring back van already dam

    • Kim

      February 3, 2020 at 9:18 am

      PLEASE Don’t bring Van back he is soooooo wack he felt intitled to something that wasn’t his all he wanted to do was to wear shearlings all day. .Save the animals

  2. Queen

    December 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Seems like he was fired and he’s not sure why.

    • Lena 816

      December 15, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      The only thing I can think of is Van may have lied on Charmaine, then she left the show. If that’s true they may have fired Van to avoid a s-xual harassment lawsuit

      • Georgetta

        December 16, 2019 at 1:08 am

        They should of fired Ryan because he brings nothing to the show.Him and his baby mama is so boring.Who cares about their relationship.Espeally if they still arguing over cat.He must still be cheating on her.What can I say other than he loves kitty cats.Get it.KITTY CAT.lol

        • Loitra Deramus

          December 16, 2019 at 3:24 pm

          Never that it’s Ryan show lol. Better then bs all the time they did the right thing enough already disgusting kn ok w respect at all the reality shows are doing the same thing fighting Change is good, liability Van is fighting not handling his business messing up tattoos good bye moving I Love Ryan. Sorry

          • Tonya

            December 16, 2019 at 4:37 pm

            I like Ryan & I think he brings a lot to the show. There is a reason Ryan remains on the show & Van is gone. I like Van but it was hos time to go

      • Will

        December 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

        There’s no evidence of who is lying. If it was about that all parties with stories on that situation probably would have been fired as well.

  3. Anonymous

    December 15, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    I mean if Ryan didn’t want to deal with him anymore and Charmaine didn’t either, then why would VH1 bring him back? Like it or not, Charmaine and Ryan appear to be the main stars of the show. Charmaine probably would have had Van at her shop had he not had told Don they slept together.

    • Dawn

      December 16, 2019 at 10:37 am

      I agree.Also Ryan is scared of Van.Period!

      • Loitra Deramus

        December 16, 2019 at 3:29 pm

        I don’t think Ryan is scared of Van, that was all TV. Who is Van? That’s funny never was Ryan friend I know that plus that family friend mess should’ve been moved on from them he has his loyal with him on the show, the rest was on BS.

        • Ann Gomes

          December 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm

          I agree 💯👍 those who had an ounce of loyalty is there with Ryan as it should be Van, and all the rest was never Ryan’s friend Charmaine either they were all about themselves nither one of them had sh-t Ryan help them better their on situations and they paid him back by disrespecting him, and his business infact act as though Black ink Chicago was theirs to do as they pleased Van is a d-mn fool and Charmaine’s self centered, spoiled, rotten a-s thinks her sh-t don’t stink she forgot how Ryan helped her back in the beginning with her broke a-s but when he could’ve used their support they stabbed him in the back instead

  4. Tony

    December 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    This sh-t fake van has his own shop and money

    • Carter

      December 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      Exactly Ryan is one who doesn’t own a shop. Don’t believe me… go to 9Mag when Black Ink is not filming… Van shop is actually in the building that 9Mag is in(Laguna Lofts)

      • Not True

        December 15, 2019 at 1:24 pm

        This is not true. Def got a tattoo at 9 Mag when they weren’t filming.

        • Rob

          December 16, 2019 at 4:47 pm

          Van my G. Do you thang mane. People love talking shi and dont know shi.Too real 4 TV. Lhh

      • Jay

        December 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

        Not true went there earlier this year and there is a 9Mag shop even met his mom and took pics.

      • Brez

        December 16, 2019 at 10:57 am

        Good he was a cry baby b-tch but the show fake af anyway

    • Sheila

      December 15, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      This makes Van sound crazy then because he willingly agreed to do a scene about royally messing up someone’s tattoo and giving them ink poisoning. That’s a bad look for an artist who has their own shop.

    • Loitra Deramus

      December 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm

      GOOD FOR HIM BUT NOT ON TV. My niece went to 9Mag to be tatted so not true

  5. Vicky

    December 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Looking at these comments, I see Van and his people have entered the chat.

    • Tawanda White

      December 15, 2019 at 5:22 pm


    • Neal

      December 15, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      Van that n-gga on God

      • Queen

        December 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm


    • Anonymous

      December 16, 2019 at 9:17 am

      Exactly. Most of the fans couldn’t even stand Van when he was on the show. They stayed dragging him. Now we’re supposed to believe he has all of these fans on here all of a sudden? Bye.

  6. Lauren

    December 15, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I won’t lie, I was surprised they fired Van from the show. I didn’t see that coming at all.

    • Denita Dortch

      December 15, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      Don’t like all the new people hate they fired Van, Lily why though. Van come back we miss you. Go work with Charmaine

  7. Diane

    December 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Van has his own shop and has written a book

  8. Saundra ward eaton

    December 15, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    this just like crashers shop him n puma got into it puma got his own shop Sharman is sky same story line bla bla bla

  9. Hilda Moreno

    December 15, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I love the new change. And I didn’t like Van anyway so he can stay away. I don’t get why people like all that d-mn drama of fighting, partying, and drinking. I came close to stop watching it because if that it’s tiring. The show is called Black INK crew! Where is the Tattooing, I am waiting for Charmaine to leave as well, I can’t stand her loud mouth childish a-s too!!

    • LaSonia

      December 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you Hilda,I never liked the show all they did was fight,drink and party. The show wasn’t about tattooing. They were all ignorant and especially Charmaine nasty and loud mouth not lady like at all. The things we’ll do for money and to be on tv, things some of us will do to be relevant.

      • Mildred Clemmons

        December 15, 2019 at 6:22 pm

        Ok, you are so right, she slept all with of them almost.

      • Hilda Moreno

        December 15, 2019 at 10:52 pm

        LaSonia I agree 100% with you. I want to see good tattooing not fights, drinking and partying! I want to see profession not ratchet!!

        • Casey Grimes-Finley

          December 16, 2019 at 4:41 am

          Trust & Believe Van(and Jenn and Van’s daughter)will all be back,especially since his daughter is going through growing pains and that will show Van being a dad as well as a tattoo artist.Stay tuned.Thank you,Casey Grimes-Finley,Chicago,Illinois

      • D-Mac

        December 16, 2019 at 10:40 am

        You never liked the show but you watched all negative things that you said happened on the show? Um this makes not a lick of sense.

    • Deesel

      December 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      I’m with you on that. I can’t stand Charmaine on there or WGCI. She fake, messy and don’t need extra attention. Ryan should’ve had her removed when she went to the newspaper on him. VH1 holding on to 2 bullsh-t tattoo shows that don’t show tats and showing Chicago is phony. Bye CHARMAINE!!!

      • Monica Bell

        December 16, 2019 at 6:00 am

        you right to me Charmaine is too old for that she pregnant now and still shaking her a-s and showing her body parts she’s married now what kind of wife does that

        • Nikki

          December 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

          Wtf Does It Matter For Smh Obviously Her Husband Doesn’t Mind He Loves Her For Who She Is Charmaine Is A Boss B-tch. . .So Just Sit There Typing Being Judgemental While Charmaine Is Stacking Her Paper

    • Tammy

      December 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      I feel the same

      • Platinum Queen

        December 16, 2019 at 1:33 am

        Agreed Ladies! About Charmaine & Van💯🎯. It needs to be about Tattoo NOT drama, drinking & fighting, VERY unprofessional

    • Juliet Davis

      December 16, 2019 at 12:37 am

      Charmaine way to loud do to much throw rocks and hide her hand D-ckmatize what she is fony a-s clout chaseing smdh gtfoh.I dont like van gone true story he was deep involved with his daughter

    • Monique Cooper

      December 16, 2019 at 5:49 am

      They done had enough seasons for van to have his own bread by now sh-t as you can see he brought his daughter her own range for her bday come y’all don’t fall for the ballistics….

  10. Sweet P

    December 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This new 9Mag show is ridiculous. Bring the old crew back. Ryan need to stop acting he is King dingaling…..

  11. Reginald Britton

    December 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Bring Van back so I can start watching the show again. BRING BACK VAN OR YOU WILL LOOSE A FAN

  12. Reginald Britton

    December 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm


  13. Mike

    December 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    What the h-ll I like the original cast they shouldn’t have taken them off

  14. Karen Hunter

    December 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm


    • Debra Taylor

      December 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Van got the show sued by that bad tattoo. He showed no remorse.

  15. Pearlie Cole

    December 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    They should give Kat a show and have Van on her show.

  16. Elinor

    December 15, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I have enjoyed this show with the original cast don’t care for the new changes

    • Dalina

      December 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I think cat got a shop in California

  17. Sony m Clanton

    December 15, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Bring the old crew back

  18. Deesel

    December 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I’m with you on that. I can’t stand Charmaine on there or WGCI. She fake, messy and don’t need extra attention. Ryan should’ve had her removed when she went to the newspaper on him. VH1 holding on to 2 bullsh-t tattoo shows that don’t show tats and showing Chicago is phony. Bye CHARMAINE!!!

  19. Terrasita Young

    December 15, 2019 at 6:58 pm


  20. Letrice

    December 15, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    All the ppl that got rid off was bad for business. It was more in the drinking and partying side. There is a business to be ran.

    • Candace gale I

      December 16, 2019 at 9:34 am

      Not when your business is a reality show based on ratings… Fighting, partying and s-x sales

  21. Sabrina

    December 15, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Bring people that can tattoo good back!👍😊

  22. Quay Nasar

    December 15, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    The show is boring now. It’s still not going to be about tattooing. Now that Rachel’s in the building we have to watch that drama.I don’t understand her she did all that fighting with him acting as if Kat was lieing then to go home and break up with him. I wonder what her personality is off the show because she seems to always have an attitude. The only storyline of the whole show is now Charmaine’s shop against Ryan’s and the drama that goes on within the two

  23. Anonymous

    December 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I actually like the show better now. I’m not saying it’s because Van is gone. I mean I didn’t have a problem with Van. But the show has more substance now. Before it was always the same mess. Drinking and fighting. I like that we are getting to see more sides to the people on the show now.

  24. Joann M Ayala

    December 15, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    IDk.. but RYAN fine as f-ck!!!

    • Marcine

      December 15, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      That part 💯

  25. Tina

    December 15, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Van should be on the show but until then I’ll continue to follow him on IG!!!!!

  26. Ashley H

    December 15, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    The show is boring now. We all grew to know and love the original cast but now there all gone and we are forced to get to know all these new people we aren’t even interested in. Also, to the people saying they didn’t like the original cast and all they did was fight, well.. that makes good tv. Especially in reality tv world, this show will be canceled soon.

  27. Tiffani Young

    December 15, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I think Ryan is the reason Van is no longer a part of the show. If doing a messed up tattoo and customers complaining is not getting you ratings you will be booted. I am not surprised.

  28. Tammy

    December 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm


  29. BLK BOY

    December 15, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Van ain’t shit f#*+ big ungrateful backstabbing sucka I’m glad he’s gone.

  30. Jayla

    December 15, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    Vans presence is not needed on the show van is a SHORT FUSED, jealous, verbally abusive narcissistic entitled crybaby. NO ONE OWES him nothing. Van does NOTHING FOR THE SHOW BUT sit around buffed up doing amateur tattoos. If van focused more on his life instead of envying Ryan and others on the show then maybe he would be better off in life. He never holds himself accountable for his words nor actions until he’s in need of a job. Granted we only see certain things or aspects on the show which all ppl recording know that but from what’s aired on tv. He’s a d-mn a-shole on a road of destruction. When Ryan made decisions he cried about em, when he wasn’t included in things he cried about it, when he was d-mn near without a job in the shop he CRIED ABOUT IT. Vh1 hasn’t shown any quality work of his, hell he just taking up space in the shop just like teddy a-s is in black ink New York 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

    • Kendra

      December 16, 2019 at 2:34 am

      I didnt even realize van wasn’t on the show until I sas this link lol

    • Me

      December 16, 2019 at 2:49 am

      Preach. Teddy does NOTHING!!!🤬

    • Kimberly Hanson

      December 16, 2019 at 6:45 am

      And that’s what he got paid to do. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM ARE PAID TO PLAY A ROLE

  31. Fan of the show

    December 16, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I really like the show but Rachel always had a stuck up attitude of you ask me..i love Chatmaine Ryan always seem to be moody May be because of Rachel stuck up a-s!!I love Phor and Don I’m happy that Don and Ashley got past their differences!It’s refreshing to also see new faces on the show,it would be nice to bring back Van and Kat 2 originals..bring back Jenn also.

  32. Coco

    December 16, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Bring back van im a true fan of this man he the realist on the show

    • Starry

      December 16, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Facts. And they need that on the show. He say what need to be said. No sugar coating

  33. Starry

    December 16, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Bring VAN back!!!!!! Charmaine irritating loud azz is pointless. She don’t even do Tats…… She needs to get LOST!!!!

  34. Jayvazz

    December 16, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Bring back Kate.

    • dahlilah

      December 16, 2019 at 10:14 am

      who is kate

      • Dalina

        December 26, 2019 at 3:34 pm

        They mean Cat she was there when they first aired she was missing with Rayon

  35. Margie

    December 16, 2019 at 9:25 am

    OMG it’s a F**Ken TV show everyone is why to serious about it.. if u don’t like the show don’t watch it.
    I think everyone on the show brings their own spice to it. Keep it coming reality TV 🤭

  36. Paula Na Lanier

    December 16, 2019 at 10:52 am

    I used to like the show its trashy not professional at all I cant stand charmaine she built like a big a-s man no class they should cancel the show.

  37. Tony K

    December 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Watched the episodes of the new season…kinda boring.Ryan crying, Phor thinking about being a daddy and Ms Charmaine and her new shop and soon a baby bump. Bring back Van,he kept things interesting.

  38. D

    December 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm


  39. Aaron Black

    December 16, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Good, he was a B.A.N anyway, couldn’t lead or run a shop even when he had the cheat codes frm Ryan, a 40 something year old child is what he was, good riddance..

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