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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  • Black and gray payasa girl, work in progress on another sleeve by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray payasa girl, work in progress on another sleeve by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Custom design of this tiger from Up-for-grabs collection done by Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! 🐯

    empiretattooinc: "Custom design of this tiger from Up-for-grabs collection done by Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! 🐯"
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  • Motto for a US secret service counter sniper team member. Done by artist Matt Doherty at Empire Tattoo in Clementon NJ 💪💪

    empiretattooinc: "Motto for a US secret service counter sniper team member. Done by artist Matt Doherty at Empire Tattoo in Clementon NJ 💪💪"
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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉🍁

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉🍁"
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  • All healed up pic of Obi-Wan Kanobi done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ✴️⭐

    empiretattooinc: "All healed up pic of Obi-Wan Kanobi done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ✴️⭐"
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  • Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁🔥

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁🔥"
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  • No words needed! Superbowl 2018!🏆 Eagles!!!🦅 Great Victory! ✌️ Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "No words needed! Superbowl 2018!🏆 Eagles!!!🦅 Great Victory! ✌️
Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Work in progress on this Native American design from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏞️🌿

    empiretattooinc: "Work in progress on this Native American design from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏞️🌿"
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  • Custom design of this Batman villain symbol from a while back done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦇🦇

    empiretattooinc: "Custom design of this Batman villain symbol from a while back done by artist Matthew  Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦇🦇"
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  • Knee mandala in progress by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ!

    empiretattooinc: "Knee mandala in progress by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ!"
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