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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  • Medusa hand piece done by artist Matt Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐍👩

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  • Some cool black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺

    empiretattooinc: "Some cool black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺"
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  • Fresh pic of this memorial piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this memorial piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Some floral traditional piece done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏵️🌿

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  • Mash up of styles in this custom owl piece by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Mash up of styles in this custom owl piece by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Fun black and gray piece in progress by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 👄🌹

    empiretattooinc: "Fun black and gray piece in progress by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 👄🌹"
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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉"
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  • Rose chest piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

    empiretattooinc: "Rose chest piece done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹"
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  • Fun little flying keys done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Fun little flying keys done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Another colorful cardinal done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐦🌿

    empiretattooinc: "Another colorful cardinal done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐦🌿"
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