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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  • Black and gray payasa girl, work in progress on another sleeve by artist Chris Shockley @chrisshockleytattooer at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Custom design of this tiger from Up-for-grabs collection done by Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ! 🐯

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  • Motto for a US secret service counter sniper team member. Done by artist Matt Doherty at Empire Tattoo in Clementon NJ 💪💪

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  • Fresh pic of this owl piece done by artist Chris Peters @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦉🍁

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  • All healed up pic of Obi-Wan Kanobi done by artist Douglas Sparks aka @meanmugdoug at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ ✴️⭐

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  • Black and gray tribe girl done by Empire Tattoo artist Chris Shockley aka @chrisshockleytattooer! 🦁🔥

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  • No words needed! Superbowl 2018!🏆 Eagles!!!🦅 Great Victory! ✌️ Done by artist Gary Kolarik @the1gk at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ

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  • Work in progress on this Native American design from artist Chris Peters aka @artbychrispeters at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🏞️🌿

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  • Custom design of this Batman villain symbol from a while back done by artist Matthew Doherty aka @dohertytattoos at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ 🦇🦇

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  • Knee mandala in progress by artist Jeff Bermingham aka @jeffberm at Empire Tattoo in Clementon, NJ!

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