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.