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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  • Realistic Nikon camera by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters in Clementon, NJ 📷📷📷

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  • Black and gray portrait tucked in the gap by Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • And we are only one week away from our Annual Toys for Tots event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! Are you ready to have fun, participate in $500 raffle, get gift cards, and many many more!? All you gotta do is donate $10 toy! See you all on December 16th!🎉🎉🎉

    empiretattooinc: "And we are only one week away from our Annual Toys for Tots event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! Are you ready to have fun, participate in $500 raffle, get gift cards, and many many more!? All you gotta do is donate $10 toy! See you all on December 16th!🎉🎉🎉"
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  • Creepy Bell hop from Universal Studios Halloween Attraction by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 😮

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  • Fresh black and gray piece done by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh black and gray piece done by artist Chris Shockley  @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Koi fish and lotus design from a while ago by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌸🏵️🐟

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  • Black and gray half sleeve still in progress by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray half sleeve still in progress by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful" done by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful" done by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • We are less than 2 weeks away from our Annual Toys for Tots Event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🎠🚗⚽

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  • A collection of friendship tattoos done by Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ🌿🍀🌾

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