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Ink Spot: Tattoo artist Eric Gola, from Art Rage Tattoo Studio, heads to Iowa then Allentown to show off his work

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Eric Gola, 28, of Dunmore, fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray, 22, of Scranton at Art Rage Tattoo.
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Eric Gola, 28, of Dunmore, fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray, 22, of Scranton at Art Rage Tattoo.
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Tattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel.
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Eric Gola refills his instrument with ink before he continues to fill in the rest of the tattoo.
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Eric Goda fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray. Behind Goda is the different art work that him and other artists at the shop can do for customers. 2/2/16. Sean McKeag | Weekender
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Watercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton.
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Watercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton.
Sean McKeag | Weekender
Eric Gola cleans up some excess ink as he works on a tattoo at Art Rage Tattaoo in Scranton.
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Eric Gola concentrates as he works on a tattoo at his shop, Art Rage Tattoo, in Scranton.
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Tattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel.

For more than five years, Erik Gola has been honing his craft inside the walls of Art Rage Studio. Gola, a resident artist at Art Rage Tattoo, in Scranton, continues to add to his ever-growing, loyal clientele list.

Originally from New Jersey, Gola relocated to Dunmore and began his tenure at Art Rage as a desk receptionist.

“I needed a job truthfully,” Gola said. “Before this, I was drifting around, trying to find my niche. I always had an interest in art, but I never knew how to break into tattooing ‘the right way,’ you know, without being a kitchen scratcher. Art Rage gave me that opportunity.”

One of Gola’s main specialties, however, is his “flash.”

If you take a walk into his work space, you’ll notice the walls surrounding him are completely covered with hundreds of custom drawn designs. They serve as examples for customers – some of the drawings may find a new home on a client’s body.

“I try to keep the flash fresh,” Gola said. “I usually add new pieces to the wall every month ideally.”

“I’d say four out of five clients typically walk in here and just pick something off of the wall,” he said. “I always keep it unique though, every time I do flash I make each piece unique, so no two people ever get the same piece.”

Gola’s taking his show on the road soon – making appearances at the Best in the Midwest Tattoo Convention in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He’ll also be at the Skindustry Convention in Allentown which runs from March 11 through 13.

“I’m here even on my days off,” Gola said. “This is my life. Tattooing is all I do.”

Who: Erik Gola, 28, of Dunmore

Where: Art Rage Tattoo Studio, Scranton

How long have you been tattooing?: 5 years

Signature style: Classic, bold American traditional

What inspires you: “Never doing the same tattoo twice.”

Follow him on Instagram: @casanovasego

Rachel Holly is a correspondent for Weekender. Reach Weekender at [email protected]

Tattoo artist uses his ‘flash’ to stand out among other artists

By Rachel Holly

For Weekender

Eric Gola, 28, of Dunmore, fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray, 22, of Scranton at Art Rage Tattoo.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot1.jpgEric Gola, 28, of Dunmore, fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray, 22, of Scranton at Art Rage Tattoo. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Eric Gola, 28, of Dunmore, fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray, 22, of Scranton at Art Rage Tattoo.
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Tattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot3.jpgTattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Eric Gola refills his instrument with ink before he continues to fill in the rest of the tattoo.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot4.jpgEric Gola refills his instrument with ink before he continues to fill in the rest of the tattoo. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Eric Goda fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray. Behind Goda is the different art work that him and other artists at the shop can do for customers. 2/2/16. Sean McKeag | Weekender
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot5.jpgEric Goda fills in a tattoo on Dan Gray. Behind Goda is the different art work that him and other artists at the shop can do for customers. 2/2/16. Sean McKeag | WeekenderSean McKeag | Weekender

Watercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot6.jpgWatercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Watercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot7.jpgWatercolor paintings done by tattoo artist, Eric Gola, hangs on the wall of Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Eric Gola cleans up some excess ink as he works on a tattoo at Art Rage Tattaoo in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot8.jpgEric Gola cleans up some excess ink as he works on a tattoo at Art Rage Tattaoo in Scranton. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Eric Gola concentrates as he works on a tattoo at his shop, Art Rage Tattoo, in Scranton.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot9.jpgEric Gola concentrates as he works on a tattoo at his shop, Art Rage Tattoo, in Scranton. Sean McKeag | Weekender

Tattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_wbw021016inkspot10.jpgTattoo artist Eric Gola fills in a tattoo sleeve on Dan Gray at Art Rage Tattoo shop in Scranton. Each time he fills in a small part, he wipes the excess ink off with a paper towel. Sean McKeag | Weekender
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Who: Erik Gola, 28, of Dunmore

Where: Art Rage Tattoo Studio, Scranton

How long have you been tattooing?: 5 years

Signature style: Classic, bold American traditional

What inspires you: “Never doing the same tattoo twice.”

Follow him on Instagram: @casanovasego