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 roses back piece from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

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  • Colorful Beta fish in progress done by artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🎏🌊🐚

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  • Chipping away on this cool sleeve by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Chipping away on this cool sleeve by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Some fresh ink from artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐺

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  • Watercolor butterflies from a while back done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦋🦋

    empiretattooinc: "Watercolor butterflies from a while back done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦋🦋"
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  • Black and gray compass from a while back done by artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray compass from a while back done by artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Cool design of praying hands done by artist Drew Reyes aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🙏

    empiretattooinc: "Cool design of praying hands done by artist Drew Reyes aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🙏"
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  • Fresh pic of this cool sugar skull done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 💠💀🏵️

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this cool sugar skull done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 💠💀🏵️"
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  • Small movie reel tattoo 🎞️🎥 Scroll for close up details. Done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Small movie reel tattoo 🎞️🎥 Scroll for close up details. Done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Some in progress shots of sunflowers for a half sleeve from artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌻

    empiretattooinc: "Some in progress shots of sunflowers for a half sleeve from artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌻"
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