Ami James Biography
Ami James is an American tattoo artist and reality TV star. He is best known for his work on the TLC reality shows Miami Ink and NY Ink.
Ami James Age
James was born on April 6, 1972, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. He is 51 years old as of 2023. He celebrates his birthday on April 6 every year.
Ami James Family
His father, an American, converted to Judaism three years prior to moving to Israel. Once residing in Israel, his father joined the Israeli army and met his mother, who had emigrated from Romania. James lived in both Israel and Egypt as a child, but when James was four years old, his father left their family. Struggling with severe ADD, James explained that he was drawn into art and tattooing from a young age, disclosing that his father had tattoos and was a painter.
James moved to the United States around age 11 where he lived with his paternal grandparents before moving to Miami at age 12. He moved back to Israel in his teens and completed his military service in the Israel Defense Force as a sniper. At the age of 15, he got his first tattoo, an experience that made him determined to become a tattoo artist himself.
Ami James Wife
James has been married twice. His first marriage was to Lynette Marie Lopez in 1998. The couple had two children together, a son named Ami James Jr. and a daughter named Alexis James. They divorced in 2009. James’s second marriage was to Australian model Ashley Kelsey in 2012. The couple had one child together, a son named Kingston James. They divorced in 2015. James is currently single.
Ami James Children
James is also a devoted father to his two daughters, Shayli Heily James and Nalya James. Shayli Heily James was born in 2009, and Nalya James was born in 2012. James shares a close bond with his daughters and often shares heartwarming photos of their adventures on social media.
Ami James Career
James has worked at several tattoo studios in New York City, including “Insan Industries” and “Mr. Black and Mrs. Widow”. In 2005, he founded a studio called “Hybrid Tattoo” with his brother Nathan Shai James and friend Scott Cannell. Hybrid Tattoo soon became one of the most popular tattoo studios in New York City.
In 2011, James and his Hybrid Tattoo team starred in a new television show on EMTV, “Inked”. The show focuses on the lives and work of tattoo artists. “Incode” became a popular show and ran for four seasons.
Along with his successful television career, James is also a successful businessman. He runs a clothing line and a fragrance line for hybrid tattoos. He also founded a tattoo cosmetics company, “Inked Cosmetics”.
James is a talented tattoo artist and a successful businessman. He is an influential figure in the tattoo industry and his work fascinates people around the world.
Ami James Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $5.1 million.
Ami James Tattoo Shop
The Tattoo Shop is an eight-episode documentary for Facebook Watch that follows James and his former Miami Ink costar Chris Nuñez, more recently known as a judge on Paramount Network’s Ink Master, as they attempt to strike gold once again with the newly opened Liberty City Tattoo in Wynwood.
It reunites tattoo pioneers Ami James, Chris Nunez, Chris Garver, Darren Brass, and Tommy Montoya as they open their new shop and take on the next generation of tattoo artists.