Meet the ArtistS of     MIAMI INK
Meet Ami James

The tough guy. Ami has a sharp tongue and a hot temper. Born in Israel, Ami, 33 and single, has been in Miami since the age of 12. Some of his family still lives in Israel, so he rarely sees them; his friends have become his family. He feels that many of today's artists have no respect for the time-honored traditions of tattooing.
Ami got his first professional tattoo at age 15 — a dragon. Eighteen years later, he still has a passion for ink; his body is a canvas of 40 tattoos. Ami began tattooing at age 20, starting out of his house. He soon became an apprentice, learning the art of his trade.
Ami loves cars, painting and free-style fighting.

Meet Chris Garver

The intellectual. At 34, Chris is the big brother of the crew. He is the oldest and the first to become a tattoo master. Chris grew up in Pittsburgh and received his first tattoo at 6 years old, when he was accidentally stabbed in the finger with a pencil. At 15, he received his first professional tattoo. Chris got his start in tattooing when he sold his bass guitar at 17 to buy tattoo equipment.
Chris is widely considered to be among the best tattoo artists in the world. With a celebrity-studded list of private clients (and a wait list), he has set the bar for the rest of the guys. They all respect and revere him. Chris handles his status with humility, but has little patience for sloppy work. He is at once stoic and soulful.
When not tattooing, he might be found playing bass guitar, traveling the world or listening to live bands. He received his favorite tattoo three years ago from a monk when he was in Thailand - a Buddhist passage that can only be read by monks. Its meaning is "to protect."

Meet Chris Nuñez

The ladies' man.
Chris, 32, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami. Though currently single, his love for women — flirting, mingling, dating and romancing — is exceeded only by his love for the art of tattooing. He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist.
Along with opening the shop with his friends, he also did a lot of part-time construction work, a skill that came in handy when they had to renovate the space that houses Miami Ink.
Chris’ father died when he was young, and both his parents’ names became his first tattoo, at age 16. Besides tattooing, he likes to have a good time and enjoys being the life of the party.
Meet Kat Von D

The new girl. She brings the meow to the Miami mix. She originally filled in at Miami Ink while Darren Brass is on the mend. The 24-year old Kat performed her first tattoo at age 14 and has been pursuing her passion for tattooing ever since. She began working at her first shop at the young age of 16 and has been working with Chris Garver for over a year now. For her, this experience to be one of the most educational and fulfilling of her life.
Kat is attracted to the realistic tattoos and her personal style gravitates towards portrait and realism, mostly on a black and grey scale. Kat loves playing classical piano as well as heavy metal music, and she is known by her closest friends to be the biggest party animals west of the Mississippi.
Meet Darren Brass

The lovable one. Within five minutes of meeting Darren, it becomes clear that he is a teddy bear of a guy. His sweet demeanor and disarming smile can make the most nervous first-time clients feel relaxed in his chair. Because he is so nice, he is the butt of many jokes, one-liners and overall hazing by Ami.
Darren is originally from Waterbury, Conn. He is half Irish, half Polish and a diabetic. He is constantly monitoring his health and lives every day to its fullest. Along with the other guys, he definitely knows how to party like a rock star — even at the age of 33. His 5'4" frame is covered in tattoos.
Darren is 33 and married with one "child": his small dog. He received his first tattoo on his 18th birthday.
The rookie. Yoji began as the shop’s apprentice — a role that is a combination of pledge in the roughest fraternity and the opening and closing crew. Though his apprenticeship is not over, he is now tattooing full time and mastering his skills so that he can hold his own as an artist.
A native of Tokyo, Yoji is covered in ink (some of which was done by the Miami Ink crew). Though the guys have given him grief for over a year, they love and protect him like a brother.
Yoji is 33 and lives with his young wife and infant daughter, Sydney. He lived in Japan until he was 24. At age 19, he performed his first tattoo. He tattooed his Japanese girlfriend’s name on himself. He is also the lead singer of a punk rock band.
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