Hi! I’m the owner of Body Branding Tattoo Emporium in Naples, Florida. Established in 1994, I have been affiliated with the National Tattoo Association since 1997 and am also a member of the Association of Professional Piercers since 1999.
I would say my interest in tattoos all began in 1976. It was in Stamford, CT. where I was friends with Tony Esposito, who was just getting started with tattooing. I decided to volunteer my arm and so wound up with my first tattoo. I watched him tattoo lots of people, well into the 80's, paying close attention the whole time. In 1977 I also wandered into Big Joe’s Tattoo Parlor in Mount Vernon, NY. Although I had no real thoughts of being a tattoo artist then, “The Experience” I had there had always made me say to myself, “I’d like to have a place like this someday. Chicks, Tats, bikes, and everything I liked, what can I say?
In the late 70's to the early 80's, I was collecting tats and paying attention to the artist. In those years, I studied several people's tattoo. “Shorty” from Port Chester, NY., a woman known as Lee Kutamsh in Bedford, NY., and of course, my friend Tony Esposito in Stamford, CT.
As the years went on, I had gotten lost in life. I had been riding with a club back then. I got married in the mid-80's and had two kids. At that point,I realized my kids would be in school soon, and the schools were not very good in that area. I was also working for the city of Stamford as an Incinerator Operator breathing in dust every day. I wanted something different as far as a job. So, in 87, we loaded up and moved to Naples, FL., sunshine, and palm trees.
Soon after arriving here, I started a bike shop called “Jimbos Hog Parts.”Little did I know the divorce was right around the corner, which had forced me to close my bike shop. However, sometimes a bad thing is really a good thing in disguise. I had to move out of the beautiful house I just had bought a year and a half earlier. The ex got it. Meanwhile,I met a girl who I became good friends with, Suzy, who was a person you could just talk to. Well,one day Suzy said, “Jimbo, you’ve talked about the experience you had with tattooing in the past, do you think you could teach me what you know about it if I buy the proper equipment?” So naturally,I said sure. She went out and bought the Spaulding & Rogers deluxe set-up with tattooing A-Z, Sterilizer, and all, we even got the Revolution Machine. Thank God we had an orange tree in the backyard. We tattooed 500 times more oranges than we actually ate off the tree.
As time went on, friends that seen the oranges all over the house started asking for us to ink them up. We followed Hucks Spaulding’s Book (Tattooing A-Z) like it was a bible. Local artists we studied like A.J. Johnson, now the owner of Looking Glass Tattoo in Bonita Springs, FL. And Ed “Cash” Coventry would come to Naples and do tats at Mickey’s Place. It was always a treat to watch him tat. He was definitely one of my inspirations, to aspire, to truly commit myself to this trade. Along the way, I also met Deano. At this point, Suzy wasn’t keeping up or being serious about tattooing, so I palled around with Deano for a while. I had set up a studio in my house and got a few machines from Big Joe. While Deano did the party scene, I didn’t like to move around as my set up was all in my house studio and sterilization in one of my biggest concerns.
During the day, I had a pressure cleaning business, andnights were spent in the studio tattooing. We were doing lots of work, but one night, out at the bar Deano said to me, “I bet you a dollar you couldn’t open up a legitimate tattoo parlor in Naples.” It was widely believed tattooing was illegal in Naples, butI took the bet. It took me almost two years of researching State tattoo laws as well as a localordinance on tattoos and fighting the county commission, but eventually, I got the call saying my license had been issued and I could open the first Tattoo parlor in Naples. That was in 1994.
Then the ball really got rolling, and I was open for business legally and still operating the pressure cleaning business. After four months, I realized I couldn’t be out all morning doing the cleaning thing and then coming to the parlor. I sold the cleaning business in 95 and strictly did tattoos from then on. A year or two later, I met Todd Vargas. He needed to work a little while he was visiting a relative in Naples. So I gave him a chair to work in. We got talking about National ne day. I wanted to become a member, so he put the call in for me while he was here. One of the other challenges I was up against was the growing demand for body piercing. So as fate would have it, Nemesis, a piercing shop owner from Seattle, WA. wandered into my shop and wanted a place to start out. So we made a deal. I would learn piercing from him while he got established in the area. After a year or so,I felt comfortable with the body piercing, and a shop came open in Ft. Myers Beach, so Nemises moved on.
Shortly thereafter, I heard about the Association of Professional Piercers and the strict criteria they have. I always like to be atthe forefront of the field, especiallywhen it has to do with sanitary issues of this trade. I forgot to mention we got the name for the shop because I was doing a little research on Branding. It wasn’t really popular in the early 90’s so I thought what a great name of the shop as I suspected the trendiness might catch on the East Coast. I have done quite a bit of it, but to this day, it is not a mainstay of our operation. And by the way, Deano finally ended up back in Florida and paid me the dollar bet made in 1992 in 2015 and now has a chair in the shop that came about all on a dollar bet.
My name is Brandon L’Archevesque, I am originally from New England and I now reside in Fort Myers, Florida with my wife and two boys. I have been immersed in the art world my whole life and when I'm not tattooing, I'm drawing -- from digital art to pencil and paper. I've dedicated my time to learning the different styles and techniques of tattooing and try to bring my own artistic style for something original. My art stems from cartoon/comic type to new school and realism. I've worked with some of the greats over the years and I am constantly learning, always up for a creative challenge. Body Branding is a long-established shop that understands the importance of art and making the client feel comfortable and safe with their artists and it's a pleasure to be a part of their team of artists and piercers. Thank you and hopefully we'll see you soon. GO PATS!
Hey guys! Caid here! I am the piercer for Body Branding Tattoo Emporium! I am originally from Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. Brought up from a military background through my father and raised right here in South West Florida's proudest gem Naples, FL.
All my life I was brought up to believe and follow anything that has caught my interest. By 18 I chose to walk along my fathers footsteps and embark my journey towards the military. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in Aug of 2011 and discharged honorably in April of 2015.
Once I came back to civilian life, I struggled to adjust and find myself for who I am today. At that time, I already had tattoos and started to practice body modifications on myself, learning and honing my skills, and trying to gather as much knowledge as I could from my very own research.
One day a local friend of mine brought to my attention that Jimbo of Body Branding Tattoo Emporium was at the time looking for a Body Piercer. I was beyond excited to hear the news because I have heard nothing but great things about the shop and the progress it has made over its 25 year reign being the first shop to have ever opened in Naples. So I took my friends advice, Worked up the courage and walked in, just to be greeted by Jimbo the owner himself. We shared each others stories and right off the bat, I was offered my apprenticeship to learn how to pierce professionally. After constantly soaking as much knowledge as I could and showing my dedication and loyalty towards the shop, I quickly and swiftly climbed up and reached the title of Body Piercer after 6 long months. I knew I had to learn real quickly in order to prove myself. I’ve realized that there was a lot to take in when it came to the field.
Learning how the body reacts towards foreign objects being placed underneath layers of skin, cross contamination, and different techniques to provide a quicker, painless and successful procedure. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be and how everybody around me made it out to be. There are no shortcuts to be taken, its something that should always be done the right way. I love the field of body art and modification because there is always something new to come about, and I’m always constantly learning to better myself and to provide more different procedures that all of you can have on your own. Everyday before I go into work, my motive is to meet you guys individually and see how I can make you feel more comfortable underneath your own skin. With just one piercing at a time. That’s what truly makes the best of my days. Thanks again for the read guys! And I hope to see you all very soon!
I have been tattooing since 2011 from WV, VA, OH, NC, and now Florida. I enjoy black and grey but I do many styles of color as well. I also enjoying doing animal portraits and mixed media designs. The only style that I do not like doing is Japanese or Traditional. Stop in and see me or call to book your next appointment.
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Growing up I spent a lot of time watching my mom paint and watching Bob Ross episodes. This heavily influenced my love for art, to the point where I spent more time drawing in class then paying attention to the lessons.
I went straight to work after graduating high school, only to feel unfulfilled with each job I had. After some time people started encouraging me to pursue a career in tattooing.
I originally came to Body Branding for an apprenticeship in 2014. After 6 months I was unfortunately unable to continue, but felt lucky enough to have been accepted once. Five years later, a chance encounter with a good friend of mine led me back to the doors of Body Branding where I was finally able to finish what I started.
I'm still on this journey of learning about the tattoo world and I'm incredibly glad that life worked out the way it has. I have the opportunity of a lifetime working with such a talented team who help me in every way possible. From breaking down machines, to putting them back together, to techniques for packing in color + shading, and learning all the different needles and their uses.
This second chance has given me more knowledge than I know what to do with. And there's still so much more to learn. I absolutely love what I do, and look forward to sharing this amazing experience with each and every one of my customers.