‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’ Star Ryan Henry Shuts Down 9 Mag

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Ryan Henry is moving on from 9 Mag.

Black Ink Crew Chicago” star Ryan Henry went through a lot of ups and downs as the show chronicled his rise in the tattoo industry. 9 Mag had always been his dream. But he was bumping heads with some of the people who had been around since the very beginning. In fact, some of his friendships weren’t able to survive the drama that unfolded as the seasons went by. Ryan fired some of his friends in order to do what he felt was necessary for the business. To no surprise, this has resulted in some backlash from fans. Regardless, Ryan said it was always important for him to remain true to himself, even if his decisions are unpopular.

Well, Ryan made a surprising announcement on Instagram hours ago. He confirmed that he has shut down 9 Mag.

It’s the end of an era.

Ryan wrote, “Jan. 05, 2019, we opened our doors and again created history… a few weeks ago the doors to 9MAG – Lacuna are closed.. thought it would feel harder than I was scared to do it but it’s bittersweet. I deeply THANK each and every supporter, artist, client, partygoer, admin, volunteer, helper, staff, etc, for making this #9MAG what it was. What an amazing experience.”

He continued, “In time I did what needed to be done, took the L’s on the chin and no matter what’s said, I take all responsibility and accountability for any and everything. I’m built for it. I hear the jokes and gossip but I’m still #9MAG to the death. I can’t thank everyone enough for such a great experience we still gettin it in so hit me up… See you all soon. Thank God, thank you all.”

On the last season of “Black Ink Crew Chicago,” Ryan vented about his frustrations with the 9 Mag staff. He said they needed to step up and be more professional. And not having enough dependable employees was costing Ryan a lot of money.


  1. Ryan,
    Running your own business is not an easy task. I can only imagine running a business that goes into a TV show with people who are your employees who later feel as though they have stake in your business. Unfortunately, we as people of color are not trained the ins and outs of business. Thank God you made it out safely! Some people want to hurt you over your business. The networks don’t care. They are thinking about more viewers and more advertising dollars.

    You did what was good for you and that’s all that matters. It may be over for this leg of your journey. You’re a smart, hardworking and I must say fine man. You will elevate! Sometimes God has to close doors that you were trying to keep open in order to open a new door that you thought couldn’t exist.

    As a Chicagoan, you made me proud. I love your dedication to your sister’s memory, the showing of your relationship with your mother, father, children and baby mother.

    Look straight ahead! You can’t re-write your past but you can definitely put a pencil and a pad to your future.

    Best Wishes and Always a Fan! I’m 62 and I don’t have any tatoo’s and I don’t think I’ll ever get one. If I do, I’ll look you up.

    1. I agree!! Ryan may you be Blessed in life no matter what you do. You were a great Boss and you made the best decision for your Sanity 🙏🏾🙏🏾

      1. I loved you n the crew from day one inever missed a show. I could feel your pain when everyone wants to try n tell you how to run your company too many petty employees and everyone wants to be the chief but nobody wants to be the Indians. You did the best thing for you n your business proud of you. Y’all did excellent work love the tattoo’s. I’m sorry that they turned your sister’s memories into fooliness. I pray God continue to bless you and your family on your journey something bigger and better is just around the corner. You choose to give each individual a fighting chance n they ruined it. I’m so sorry they acted this way. You n Cesar keep your head up maybe it’s time for you two to combine forces. Much love 😘

  2. I like Ryan but he screwed himself by not keeping it business. Calling it ‘family’ doomed it right there.

  3. Stay professional at all times it is called business not party time but they had too many unprofessional moments which creates chaos.

  4. The best is yet to come Ryan only you can write your story and it’s time to write the next chapter nothing but ❤️ I will forever be a fan

  5. Ryan, sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.I hope your future is profitable and spiritual. Love you as a person, we all made mistakes in life, but don’t let it define you. I to believe you & Ceaser should do business together, sending hugs.

  6. Ryan you and Phor will be greatly missed. I love Chicago and thought about ordering a Tee in honor of the business. Good luck with your future endeavors and take care of yourself

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