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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  • Little butterfly and roses done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉ

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  • Dalai Lama portrait done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ™

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  • Dia de los muertos girl done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Dotwork design done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Mashup of styles in this cool tiger piece done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ―πŸ…

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  • Dream catcher from last week done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺

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  • Guardian angel πŸ‘Ό done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Blue eyed wolf 🐺 done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Custom black and gray piece done by artist Jen Arnqvist aka @_jens_of_sweden_ Jen will be returning from Sweden to guest spot at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ from June 12th-15th. Email Jens@BigStreetTattoo.com for scheduling and info!

    empiretattooinc: "Custom black and gray piece done by artist Jen Arnqvist aka @_jens_of_sweden_ 
Jen will be returning from Sweden to guest spot at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ from June 12th-15th. Email Jens@BigStreetTattoo.com for scheduling and info!"
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  • Cute little floral arrangement done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌸🌼🌿

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