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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  • Black and gray roses back piece from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌹

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  • Colorful Beta fish in progress done by artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🎏🌊🐚

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  • Chipping away on this cool sleeve by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Some fresh ink from artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🐺

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  • Watercolor butterflies from a while back done by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦‹πŸ¦‹

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  • Black and gray compass from a while back done by artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Cool design of praying hands done by artist Drew Reyes aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ™

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  • Fresh pic of this cool sugar skull done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ’ πŸ’€πŸ΅οΈ

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  • Small movie reel tattoo 🎞️πŸŽ₯ Scroll for close up details. Done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Some in progress shots of sunflowers for a half sleeve from artist Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌻

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