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 tattoo. 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 tattoos. Ami began tattooing at 20 years old, starting out of his house, and soon became an apprentice, learning the art of his trade. Ami loves cars, painting and free-style fighting.
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.”
Chris Nunez
The ladies' man. Chris, 32, is of Cuban descent and grew up in Miami. He entered into the realm of tattooing after beginning his career as a graffiti artist. At 21, Chris packed his bags for a short trip to Brazil and ended up staying for five years. He then traveled throughout Europe for 2 years, which enabled him to work with all of his favorite tattoo artists -- expanding his artistic sense and his knowledge of tattooing. Chris's father died when he was young, and both his parents' names became his first tattoo at age 16. Besides tattooing, he just likes to have a good time and enjoys being the life of the party.
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, Connecticut. 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.
Yojiro “Yoji” Harada
The apprentice. Yoji serves a dual role as the parlor’s apprentice – a role that is a combination of pledge in the roughest fraternity and the opening and closing crew. Yoji, a native of Tokyo, is covered in ink (some of which is done by our crew). In Yoji’s native Tokyo, having full-sleeve tats is a sign of the Yakuza (Japanese Mafia). As a result, when he goes home he is feared and respected, but in Miami he is the lowest guy on the totem pole. He mops up, gets coffee and is hazed relentlessly, which is all just part of the process of earning your stripes as a master. But underneath it all, the guys love and protect their young apprentice. Yoji is 32 and recently married, with a newborn. He lived in Japan until he was 24, and performed his first tattoo on himself. He is also the lead singer of a punk rock band.

Returning January 9, 2006 10:00pm
Miami Ink TV Schedule
JAN 08 2006 @ 11 AM Five Friends
JAN 08 2006 @ 12 PM Never Forget
JAN 08 2006 @ 1 PM In Memory of...
JAN 08 2006 @ 2 PM Growing Up
JAN 08 2006 @ 3 PM The Apprentice
JAN 08 2006 @ 4 PM The Family
JAN 08 2006 @ 5 PM Going for the Gold
JAN 08 2006 @ 6 PM Bad Break
JAN 08 2006 @ 7 PM Kat's in the Groove
JAN 08 2006 @ 8 PM Finding Balance
JAN 08 2006 @ 8 PM Kat's in the Groove
JAN 09 2006 @ 12 AM Finding Balance
JAN 10 2006 @ 10 PM More Money, More Problems
JAN 11 2006 @ 12 AM More Money, More Problems
JAN 12 2006 @ 9 PM More Money, More Problems
JAN 13 2006 @ 12 AM More Money, More Problems
JAN 15 2006 @ 6 PM More Money, More Problems
JAN 17 2006 @ 10 PM Step up or Step Out
JAN 18 2006 @ 12 AM Step up or Step Out
JAN 19 2006 @ 9 PM Step up or Step Out
JAN 20 2006 @ 12 AM Step up or Step Out
JAN 24 2006 @ 10 PM Party All the Time
JAN 25 2006 @ 12 AM Party All the Time
JAN 26 2006 @ 9 PM Party All the Time
JAN 27 2006 @ 12 AM Party All the Time
JAN 29 2006 @ 7 PM More Money, More Problems
JAN 29 2006 @ 8 PM Step Up or Step Out
JAN 29 2006 @ 9 PM Party All the Time
JAN 29 2006 @ 11 PM Step Up or Step Out
JAN 30 2006 @ 12 AM Party All the Time
JAN 30 2006 @ 2 AM More Money, More Problems
JAN 31 2006 @ 10 PM Weathering the Storm
FEB 01 2006 @ 12 AM Weathering the Storm

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THE ART OF TATTOO?
SOUTH BEACH ARTISANS CANVAS BODIES IN NEW TLC SERIES "MIAMI INK"

-- Brash Boys of Body Art Apply Expertise with Their Craft –-

Miami, Florida – About one in every seven adults sports a tattoo. With ever-increasing popularity among celebrities and athletes, tattoos have become part of the fabric of social norms and popular culture. But there are striking differences between cute little flowers and cookie-cutter Celtic bands compared to the more intricate, stylized and meaningful artwork that is done in the tattoo industry. In a new series that brings four old friends together to run a tattoo parlor and showcase their artwork, viewers see the difference firsthand. TLC sets up shop in South Beach to take viewers inside the colorful, painful, intriguing world of tattoo artistry in MIAMI INK, premiering Tuesday, July 19 at 10 PM (ET/PT) on TLC. In the series, these friends and competitive rivals – a motley crew of cutting-edge, humorous and well-regarded young guys and best friends – open and run a custom tattoo parlor where they live, work and play together. The resident artists – Ami James, Chris Nunez, Chris Garver and Darren Brass – all with world-class talent and dynamic personalities – live and work together to promote the art of tattoo while running a new business. MIAMI INK shows them in and out of their workspace from noon ‘til night – and follows their late-night shenanigans, brotherly hazing and camaraderie. Apprentice Yoji Harada is there to soak up all of the artists’ knowledge and experience – and to meet their every need, desire and whim so he can one day begin his own tattooing in earnest.

In addition to spotlighting the artists at work, each tattoo in MIAMI INK has a story to tell, a reason for being and a special relationship to its owner. The artists’ clients range from 18-year-old newbies and suburban housewives to famous actors and buttoned-up professionals. The tale of each tattoo recipient and corresponding tattoo is an emotionally engaging story – in the first episode viewers see a tattoo in the memory of a deceased brother, a tattoo of the alter ego of a drag queen, a tattoo of a notable surfer’s homeland, to name just a few. Many people get tattoos to signify some pivotal moment or event in their lives. Viewers gain insight into each MIAMI INK customer and his or her choice of artwork and the impetus behind it. Viewers can go online to www.tlc.com, where they will find further video biographies on our resident artists, online galleries of the guys' artwork, listings of some of the famous celebrities and athletes they have worked on, background on tattoos and much more.