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 Portugal’s use of values, solid blacks and exposed skin to show depth in his work; Jun Cha’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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  • Cute Winnie the Pooh piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Black and gray shoulder piece done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Bng shoulder piece done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦…πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ¦…

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  • Beautiful black and gray rose from a while back done by artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

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  • Some yummines in a cocktail bowl created by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🍹🍸🍍

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  • Hannibal Lecter portrait done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ€«πŸ‘

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  • Eastern fence lizard 🦎 done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Snake hand shake piece done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Cool underwater sleeve in progress by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐒🌊🐚

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  • Colorful chest piece done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŒΉ

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