Meet the ArtistS
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.