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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  • Little butterfly and roses done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉ

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  • Dalai Lama portrait done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ™

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  • Dia de los muertos girl done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Dotwork design done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Dotwork design done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Mashup of styles in this cool tiger piece done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ πŸ―πŸ…

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  • Dream catcher from last week done by artist Ruben Carrero aka @bigrubetattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌺

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  • Guardian angel πŸ‘Ό done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Blue eyed wolf 🐺 done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

    empiretattooinc: "Blue eyed wolf 🐺 done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ"
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  • Custom black and gray piece done by artist Jen Arnqvist aka @_jens_of_sweden_ Jen will be returning from Sweden to guest spot at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ from June 12th-15th. Email Jens@BigStreetTattoo.com for scheduling and info!

    empiretattooinc: "Custom black and gray piece done by artist Jen Arnqvist aka @_jens_of_sweden_ 
Jen will be returning from Sweden to guest spot at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ from June 12th-15th. Email Jens@BigStreetTattoo.com for scheduling and info!"
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  • Cute little floral arrangement done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌸🌼🌿

    empiretattooinc: "Cute little floral arrangement done by artist Kam the Barbarian aka @tattoosbykam at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌸🌼🌿"
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