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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  • "In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹 Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""In every angel, a demon hides. And in every demon an angel strides" 🌹
Beautiful piece by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Cute little 4 style tattoo by artist Ruben @bigrubetattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Can you hear the rumble of the tracks? Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚

    empiretattooinc: "Can you hear the rumble of the tracks?
Cool black and grey locomotive train piece by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug  at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸš‚πŸš‚πŸš‚"
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  • Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„

    empiretattooinc: "Floral black and grey thigh piece and cute ankle line work by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸŒΈπŸŒΏπŸŒ„"
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  • Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼

    empiretattooinc: "Work in progress: section of Japanese thigh piece that Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm has been chipping away at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ 🐍🌿🌼"
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  • The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

    empiretattooinc: "The First American - Benjamin Franklin. Work in progress by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ"
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  • Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Half healed half fresh black and grey portrait done by Jeff Bermingham @jeffberm at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • "Peace among worlds" Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: ""Peace among worlds" 
Fun little Rick and Morty piece by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Triceratops done by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Join or Die piece by artist Matt Doherty @dohertytattoos at @empiretattooinc in Clementon, NJ"
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