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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  • Cute Winnie the Pooh piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Bng shoulder piece done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦…πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ¦…

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  • Beautiful black and gray rose from a while back done by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

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  • Some yummines in a cocktail bowl created by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🍹🍸🍍

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  • Hannibal Lecter portrait done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ€«πŸ‘

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  • Eastern fence lizard 🦎 done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Snake hand shake piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Cool underwater sleeve in progress by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐒🌊🐚

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  • Colorful chest piece done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŒΉ

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