Growing up in the projects of Boston, Damon Butler could have easily ended up another victim of drugs and violence. However, he could draw from an early age and earned a reputation in his neighborhood as a talented artist. He was encouraged by his local peers to make use of his talent and eventually attended art school. Damon is a self-taught tattoo artist and clearly the determined and hungry rookie in this year’s competition, having bought his first machine three years ago and began practicing on fruit before working up to his first human canvas.


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  • Medusa hand piece done by artist Matt Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐍👩

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  • Some cool black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺

    empiretattooinc: "Some cool black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺"
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  • Fresh pic of this memorial piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this memorial piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Some floral traditional piece done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏵️🌿

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  • Mash up of styles in this custom owl piece by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Mash up of styles in this custom owl piece by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Fun black and gray piece in progress by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 👄🌹

    empiretattooinc: "Fun black and gray piece in progress by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 👄🌹"
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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉"
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  • Rose chest piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

    empiretattooinc: "Rose chest piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹"
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  • Fun little flying keys done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Fun little flying keys done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Another colorful cardinal done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐦🌿

    empiretattooinc: "Another colorful cardinal done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐦🌿"
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