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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  • 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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  • 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

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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!

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

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