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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  • "In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹 Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹
Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Can you hear the rumble of the tracks? Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚

    empiretattooinc: "Can you hear the rumble of the tracks?
Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug  at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚"
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  • Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„

    empiretattooinc: "Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„"
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  • Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼

    empiretattooinc: "Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼"
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  • The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    empiretattooinc: "The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ"
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  • Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • "Peace among worlds" Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""Peace among worlds" 
Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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