On the Black Ink Crew episode “Help Me Howard,” while Sky loses her cool at the 113th Street shop, tattoo artist Kevin Laroy finds the courage to come out to his father who VH1 describes as “homophobic.” Kevin described the conversation as “one of the hardest” and “definitely one of the most difficult to have on national TV.” Kevin says the hardest part of coming out wasn’t revealing himself to the world but to the people who know him the best, his family.
Just thinking about the episode airing “brings knots to my stomach,” says Kevin. In the clip below, when Kevin asks his father if he’s okay with having a gay son, his father asks Kevin, “Have I failed you as a father?” Black Ink Crew airs Wednesdays at 9pm on VH1.
*next weeks episode* With literally NO exaggeration, this was seriously one of the hardest conversations to have and definitely one of the most difficult to have on national tv. The most satisfying lesson i’ve learned since joining the cast of this show is to live an honest, authentic & transparent life because you never know who’s sitting back and learning from what you go through. The hardest part for me wasn’t revealing myself to the entire world.. but to the people who know me best, my family. In my life, family has always been paramount. We may not always get along or agree but we never let anything interfere with the relationship that’s most important. Next weeks episode brings knots to my stomach only because everyone who i’ve ever hid anything from will all finally get the FULL story. I’m human just like everyone else and i’m walking around with the same struggles and insecurities many of us deal with daily. Hopefully this episode helps one of y’all out because even though it’s scary as hell to think about, it definitely helped me. ?? #blackinkcrew