1. Ami James is a celebrity tattoo artist based in Miami (where he runs Love Hate Tattoo) and New York City (home of Wooster Street Social Club). Love Hate Tattoo is where the popular TLC series Miami Ink was taped and is still an operating and successful shop. Wooster Street Social Club is the set of TLC's new hit series NY Ink and is now a popular and functioning NYC tattoo shop. From 2005-2008, James starred in Miami Ink and currently stars in the TLC spin-off NY Ink. Miami Ink was one of......

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  1. Ami James is a celebrity tattoo artist based in Miami (where he runs Love Hate Tattoo) and New York City (home of Wooster Street Social Club). Love Hate Tattoo is where the popular TLC series Miami Ink was taped and is still an operating and successful shop. Wooster Street Social Club is the set of TLC's new hit series NY Ink and is now a popular and functioning NYC tattoo shop.

    From 2005-2008, James starred in Miami Ink and currently stars in the TLC spin-off NY Ink. Miami Ink was one of TLC's most watched shows and is still highly popular as it continues to air in syndication worldwide while a whole new following begins for NY Ink. TLC also saw opportunity on the success of the show with a Miami Ink clothing line and from there the demand was created for both NY Ink and Ami James ink lines.

    James has garnered international acclaim as a tattoo artist and celebrity, largely due to his tremendous talent, charisma, success of Miami Ink and his ability to relate to his audience. His story is indicative of the working class man who has found success within his passion and talents.

    James' edgy and immensely individual style has adapted through years of work and a cultured upbringing. He was born in Israel and has been in Miami since the age of 12. James got his first tattoo at age 13 and first professional tattoo at 15. In his late teens, he returned to Israel to serve in the Army and do his part for his country. Through his 20s, he both apprenticed and labored for his talent by surrounding himself by artists he could learn from while paying his dues. From those humble beginnings, he now owns and operates two of the world's most famous tattoo shops. Eighteen years later, he still has a love for ink and is truly a success story.

    James also has tremendous passion for cars, choppers, painting and free-style fighting. Free-style fighting and animals are both private and now public areas of James' interest through both charitable work and awareness, as seen in PETA's print ad series, featuring the tagline "Ink, Not Mink." James also designed an animal rights tattoo which PETA used as its logo and was also made into a temporary tattoo for children.

    James finds himself balancing his personal and professional life on a daily basis while running Love Hate Tattoo and Love Hate Lounge in Miami, Wooster Street Social Club in New York City, a new London shop called Love Hate Social Club, Ami James Ink Clothing in Los Angeles and most recently starring in TLC's hit series, NY INK.

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