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.