James Brandao. Illustration student at MassArt. Working with Damon “Ferb” Butler in the art of tattooing since 2012. Boston native.

My obsession with tattoos began after high school when I received my first tattoo, a black and gray memorial piece for my grandmother. The idea of making another persons idea, memory, interest, etc; a permanent piece of art on their body for life, has given me more than enough reason to pursue a life-time commitment as a tattoo artist.

I have a strong interest in black and gray, and a recent attraction to huge, bold color work. My work is inspired by tattoo artist such as Jason Butcher and his death romantic style; Victor Portugalโ€™s use of values, solid blacks and exposed skin to show depth in his work; Jun Chaโ€™s insane use of soft gray shading to show form; as well as Empires very own Neil England and his use of strong bold line work and rich solid colors. Jeff Gogue, Justin Harris, James Tex, Anthony Tex, Justin Hartman, Emily Rose, Heather McLean and many other tattoo artist. Other inspirations range from comic book artist J. Scott Campbell, Hyper Realist painter David Kassan, Alphonse Mucha; the list goes on and continues to grow. As it grows, my love for tattooing grows with it. Grow on, flow on.



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  • Realistic Nikon camera by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters in Clementon, NJ ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท

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  • Black and gray portrait tucked in the gap by Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • And we are only one week away from our Annual Toys for Tots event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! Are you ready to have fun, participate in $500 raffle, get gift cards, and many many more!? All you gotta do is donate $10 toy! See you all on December 16th!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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  • Creepy Bell hop from Universal Studios Halloween Attraction by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  • Fresh black and gray piece done by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Koi fish and lotus design from a while ago by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿต๏ธ๐ŸŸ

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  • Black and gray half sleeve still in progress by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful" done by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful" done by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • We are less than 2 weeks away from our Annual Toys for Tots Event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ๐ŸŽ ๐Ÿš—โšฝ

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  • A collection of friendship tattoos done by Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒพ

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