Ryan Henry wiki, bio, net worth, girlfriend. controversies, kids.

Over recent years, the stigma surrounding tattooing has decreased drastically. This is in part due to the increasing amount of reality series featured around the art form. And while Ink Master stands at the forefront of this change, the reality series Black Ink: Chicago is not far off. Centered around the Black Ink crew, the reality series follows an ambitious group of artists in their journey to succeed at the 9Mag. Considered to be a mecca for hip-hop elites, celebrities, and athletes, 9Mag was established by Ryan Henry to honor the memory of his late sister. In this article, we take a closer look at Ryan Henry.

Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameRyan Henry
Date of birthMay 27, 1986
Place of birthUSA
Zodiac signGemini
EthnicityMixed (Afro-American and Japanese)
Height5 ft 7 inch (170 cm)
Weight176 lbs (80 kg)
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorDark brown
Mother’s nameAva Loni
Father’s nameUnknown (deceased)
SiblingsTwo sisters, Nova and Jillian Nicole Henry
EducationThornwood High School
OccupationTattoo artist and TV personality
Net worth$2 million USD
Instagram followers1.5 million
Tattoo shop name9Mag
Tattoo shop locationChicago, Illinois
Tattoo shop opening year2013
Tattoo shop inspirationHis sister Nova and niece Ava, who were murdered by Nova’s ex-boyfriend in 2009
MentorMiya Bailey, a big name in the tattoo industry
TV show nameBlack Ink Crew: Chicago
TV show networkVH1
TV show co-starsCharmaine Johnise, Phor Brumfield, Don Brumfield, Van Johnson, Danielle Jamison, Kat Jackson, Lily Barrios, Neek Bey, Junior Diaz, Bella Baines, Jenn Emery, Gina Torres, Plug Chapman, Zachary Howell, Prince Carter and Fly Tatted.
Famous tattoo clientNicki Minaj, who wanted a tattoo on her wrist in 2018
Relationship statusSingle
Ex-girlfriend nameRachel Leigh, the founder of the luxury nail polish company Pear Nova
Son’s nameMason Henry
Son’s motherRachel Leigh
Son’s half-brother nameGrey
Son’s half-brother fatherJeremih, a singer-songwriter who dated Rachel Leigh briefly before Grey was born
Black Ink crew tattoo artist Ryan Henry
Black Ink crew & tattoo artist Ryan Henry

Early Life

Ryan Henry was born on the 27th of May 1986 in the United States of America. Although the details of Ryan’s childhood are almost non-existent, it is claimed that his parents shared a Japanese heritage. It was due to this heritage that Ryan started showing interest in Japanese culture and arts. After finishing his high school at Thornwood High School, Ryan decided not to pursue higher education. In subsequent years, Ryan started working as a tattoo artist. 

Professional Career

Fresh out of high school, Ryan began working as an amateur tattoo artist. His knowledge of Japanese culture and arts proved to be an asset in forwarding his tattooing career. Tragedy struck in 2009 when Ryan’s sister and his niece were tragically murdered by his sister’s ex-boyfriend. The tragedy had a huge impact on Ryan who devoted himself to his craft to honor his late sister. In the years that followed, Ryan worked tirelessly to establish the 9Mag tattoo shop. Word got around and Ryan was praised for his artwork and technical application. 

Throughout the years, Ryan has also worked for the history of black tattoo culture. He worked in a documentary entitled, Color Outside the Lines. With his artwork getting noticed, Ryan was contacted by celebrities and athletes around the world. 


Ryan’s television career began in 2015, when he was approached by VH1 to star in a spin-off of the popular show Black Ink Crew, which focuses on a tattoo shop in New York. Ryan agreed to do the show, not for himself, but for his team and his city. He wanted to showcase the talent and culture of Chicago, and to expand the opportunities for his staff. He also hoped to inspire other young people from his community to pursue their dreams.

Since then, Ryan has appeared in seven seasons of Black Ink Crew: Chicago, and has become one of the most recognizable faces in the tattoo industry. He has also been featured in other media outlets. He has shared his personal and professional journey with the viewers, including his struggles, triumphs, controversies, and growth. He has also launched The Nova Star Project, a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their work and learn from Ryan’s experience.

Net Worth

Ryan Henry has amassed a considerable fortune from his artistic skills and media appearances. He has a loyal clientele of celebrities and locals. He has an estimated net worth of $2 Million as of 2023. His primary source of income is his tattooing work, which he charges between $1,000 and $2,000 per hour. Ryan also earns money from his involvement in various television shows.


Ryan Henry has been involved in several controversies in the past year. He is best known for his appearance on the show Black Ink Crew: Chicago, where he runs a tattoo shop called 9MAG. However, his personal life has overshadowed his professional achievements, as he has been accused of cheating on his ex-girlfriend Rachel James with his best friend’s on-and-off girlfriend Nina Marie.

The scandal broke out in October 2020, when Ryan’s former best friend Anthony Lindsey exposed him on social media for sleeping with Nina while he was battling cancer. Ryan later admitted to the affair and apologized publicly, claiming that he was depressed and trying to fill voids in his life. 

However, his apology did not seem to appease his critics, who continued to bash him online for his actions. Some fans of the show also questioned his loyalty and integrity as a man, especially after he had a previous history of cheating on Rachel with another co-worker and friend Katrina “KatTat” Jackson.

Ryan has since tried to move on from the situation and focus on his work and his children. He has also attempted to reconcile with Anthony, whom he considered a brother. He also had a sit-down conversation with Anthony where they discussed their issues and tried to find some closure. However, it is unclear whether their friendship can ever be restored or whether Ryan can regain the trust and respect of his fans and peers.

Relationship Status- Is Ryan Henry married or dating a girlfriend?

Ryan Henry is currently single and not dating anyone. He was previously in a long-term relationship with Rachel Leigh, his high school sweetheart and the mother of his son Mason. Rachel also has another son named Grey, who was born from her brief romance with R&B singer Jeremih. Ryan considers Grey as his own son and has been a father figure to him since he was born. Ryan and Rachel have had an on-and-off relationship over the years, but they broke up for good in 2019.

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