On the Black Ink Crew: Chicago episode ‘A New Kat-itude,’ Van has been released from boot camp and is back to work at 9 Mag. He’s not happy when he learns that Katrina has her own tattoo studio upstairs and there’s a new tattoo artist in her work space, Junior Diaz. “You all could’ve called me and told me we have a whole new worker.” Junior speaks up and tells Van, “I’m not trying to step on anyone’s toes.” Van says, “No disrespect to you, brother, but we’ve started a family here.” Ryan explains that this is a business and Charmaine tells Van that Kat “has put her hands on me twice” since Van’s been gone. Van points out that he’s been gone for just four months.
Charmaine says, “What Van doesn’t understand is that Katrina isn’t the same person as she was when he went to boot camp.” Van says he’s been looking forward to coming back to 9 Mag, he considers it home but now “I feel like a f–king stranger.” Black Ink Crew: Chicago airs Mondays at 9pm on VH1.