Rafael is native to Puerto Rico where he spent most of his life learning and developing his art.

He has been tattooing for about 12 years and has worked at several different locations around the east coast.

Places such as Dragon Spell in Worcester Mass, Studio Enigma and Sunset Tattoos in Brooklyn NY, Gotika in Puerto Rico,Salvation Tattoo Lounge in South Beach Miami,The Painted Brid in Medfort, MA and Oxygen Tattoos in Wildwood, NJ have helped him ground and perfect his skills as a tattoo artist.

While Rafael likes doing many styles of tattooing, his specialty lies within realistic work.

Most of his outside artwork deals with realistic subjects and he extends this ability into performing skin art currently working at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ and occasionally Boston, MA.

He works in Clementon Saturday through Monday during the winter but during the Spring and Summer is only at the shop on Mondays. Rafy will take walk-ins but usually gets booked and prefers to take appointments.

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  • Realistic Nikon camera by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters in Clementon, NJ 📷📷📷

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  • Black and gray portrait tucked in the gap by Gary Kolarik aka @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • And we are only one week away from our Annual Toys for Tots event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! Are you ready to have fun, participate in $500 raffle, get gift cards, and many many more!? All you gotta do is donate $10 toy! See you all on December 16th!🎉🎉🎉

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  • Creepy Bell hop from Universal Studios Halloween Attraction by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 😮

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  • Fresh black and gray piece done by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Koi fish and lotus design from a while ago by artist Douglas Sparks @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🌸🏵️🐟

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  • Black and gray half sleeve still in progress by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Semper Fi aka "Always Faithful" done by artist Matthew Doherty @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • We are less than 2 weeks away from our Annual Toys for Tots Event at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🎠🚗⚽

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  • A collection of friendship tattoos done by Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ🌿🍀🌾

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