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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  • "In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹 Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹
Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Can you hear the rumble of the tracks? Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚

    empiretattooinc: "Can you hear the rumble of the tracks?
Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug  at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚"
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  • Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„

    empiretattooinc: "Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„"
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  • Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼

    empiretattooinc: "Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼"
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  • The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    empiretattooinc: "The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ"
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  • Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • "Peace among worlds" Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""Peace among worlds" 
Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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