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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  • "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

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