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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  • Black and gray payasa girl, work in progress on another sleeve by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray payasa girl, work in progress on another sleeve by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Custom design of this tiger from Up-for-grabs collection done by Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! 🐯

    empiretattooinc: "Custom design of this tiger from Up-for-grabs collection done by Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! 🐯"
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  • Motto for a US secret service counter sniper team member. Done by artist Matt Doherty at Empire Tattoo in Clementon NJ 💪💪

    empiretattooinc: "Motto for a US secret service counter sniper team member. Done by artist Matt Doherty at Empire Tattoo in Clementon NJ 💪💪"
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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉🍁

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉🍁"
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  • All healed up pic of Obi-Wan Kanobi done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ✴️⭐

    empiretattooinc: "All healed up pic of Obi-Wan Kanobi done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ✴️⭐"
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  • Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁🔥

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁🔥"
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  • No words needed! Superbowl 2018!🏆 Eagles!!!🦅 Great Victory! ✌️ Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "No words needed! Superbowl 2018!🏆 Eagles!!!🦅 Great Victory! ✌️
Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Work in progress on this Native American design from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏞️🌿

    empiretattooinc: "Work in progress on this Native American design from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏞️🌿"
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  • Custom design of this Batman villain symbol from a while back done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦇🦇

    empiretattooinc: "Custom design of this Batman villain symbol from a while back done by artist Matthew  Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦇🦇"
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  • Knee mandala in progress by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ!

    empiretattooinc: "Knee mandala in progress by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ!"
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