A popular tattoo artist is facing criminal charges in connection with a domestic argument police say became violent earlier this week.
According to the Miami Herald, 45-year-old Chris Blinston — a familiar face to fans of the “Ink Master” reality television series — was engaged in an altercation with his girlfriend regarding paperwork about their three children.
At some point, investigators believe he picked up a safe the victim told him contained the documents.
Blinston allegedly picked up the heavy safe and initially said he would grab an ax to force his way inside.
Instead, police say he pushed the safe aggressively against his girlfriend’s body.
The latest arrest is just his latest brush with the law.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, he was arrested last year on suspicion of “cruelty towards a child without great bodily harm and domestic battery by strangulation” in connection with an incident involving his 13-year-old daughter.
According to TMZ, those charges were later dismissed.
He is expected to be charged with simple battery following his arrest this week.
Reports indicate he told police at the time of his arrest that he did not touch the alleged victim.
As of the latest updates available, he had been released from jail after posting bail.
After appearing on the reality series in 2015, Blinston has also received attention for positive contributions to his community.
In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, his Coral Springs shop gave away tattoos in exchange for donations to the victims.
[Featured image: Chris Blinston, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office]