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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