My name is Gary Kolarik I started apprenticing to pierce under Jim Kelly at Empire Tattoo in Clementon in March of 2013.

In my first year I learned to keep the shop clean, pierce, and help at the front counter with management.

I am still learning more every day and now manage and pierce on Sunday and Wednesday regularly.

As my piercing apprenticeship came to an end Matt Doherty started teaching me about tattoo setups and breakdowns and how to keep a sterile environment as a tattoo artist.

He also taught me how to setup and breakdown machines, apply stencils, and basic technique.

I am now learning through various drawing assignments from Matt and picking up knowledge from all the great artists here at Empire Tattoo.

I am at the shop every day except Mondays.


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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

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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 🦋🦋

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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

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  • 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 💠💀🏵️

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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

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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 🌻

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