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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  • Work in progress @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon

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  • Bng tiger tattoo by @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc

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  • Beautiful piece by @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon Nj

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  • Start to a half sleeve by @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon

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  • leaf tattoo done by @artbychrispeters at @empiretattooinc in Clementon

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  • Coverup pet of an underwater sleeve by @dohertytattoos

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  • Fun traditional tattoo by @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc

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  • Owl tattoo by @artbychrispeters at @empiretattooinc in Clementon Nj

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  • Finished sleeve, mostly healed, done by @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon Nj

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  • Cool piece by @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon Nj

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