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 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 πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦‰πŸ

    empiretattooinc: "Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦‰πŸ"
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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! 🦁πŸ”₯

    empiretattooinc: "Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁πŸ”₯"
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  • No words needed! Superbowl 2018!πŸ† Eagles!!!πŸ¦… Great Victory! ✌️ Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "No words needed! Superbowl 2018!πŸ† Eagles!!!πŸ¦… 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 πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡

    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 πŸ¦‡πŸ¦‡"
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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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