Teddy Ruks

Teddy Ruks, born Shariff Homer on January 26, 1983, is an American tattoo artist and assistant manager. The talented tattoo artist and manager was born in Harlem, New York. His rise in the world of tattooing and how it was that his charm put him in the hearts of all the audience of “Black Inc. Crew,” a television series produced by VH1 that has had nine seasons. Learn more about Ruks’ life and role in the show on his birthday.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Shariff Homer


Teddy Ruks

Birth date:

January 26, 1983



Zodiac Sign:



5' 10"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$4 million

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Teddy Ruks, also known as Shariff Homer, was born on January 26, 1983. He was born in Harlem, New York. Ruks attended public schools in New York and later studied English and Management programs. After having a rough childhood, he found a way out of his troubled lifestyle: being the assistant manager of Black Ink Tattoo Studio. This marked the beginning of a series of opportunities. He joined the ranks of Black Ink to get out of his old, unproductive lifestyle. He not only proved to be a great tattoo artist, but he also displayed excellent managerial skills. Every day, he showed his co-workers that he could skillfully manage the more formal aspects of the business, so as expected, he became the shop’s assistant manager.

The widely popular tattoo store evolved into the platform for a show produced by VH1. Ruks became part of the cast of “Black Ink Crew,” and his charisma put him in the spotlight more and more each season. The tattoo store became a backdrop for the conflicts, drama, challenges, and rewards of operating a tattoo store.

Ruks got married far away from the spotlight of the VH1 show. Euni, his wife, is a Korean-born Instagram model. Since Ruks went public with their relationship, his fans have created the craziest theories about his family. You can get to know him a little better by following him on his Instagram account.

Career timeline

He Posts an Instagram Teaser

His first post is a screenshot of an announcement about the release of "Black Ink Crew."

His T.V. Show Premieres

The first episode of “Black Ink Crew” season one airs, garnering over 1.75 million viewers in the U.S. alone.

He Gets Married

Ruks finds love and marries his Korean girlfriend, Euni, in a private ceremony.

He Appears in a Movie

Ruks makes his first on-screen appearance away from "Black Ink Crew" when he appears as a minor character in the movie “True to the Game 2.”

Why We Love Teddy Ruks

  1. He is creative

    His creativity allowed him to improve his life. Thanks to it, he made a name for himself as a tattoo artist and was able to change the course of his life in every aspect.

  2. He is reliable

    Ruks is a man you would trust with your business in a heartbeat. His work ethic and responsibility are characteristics that allowed him to climb higher within Black Ink.

  3. He doesn't skip gym day

    Ruks often spends his afternoons working his body in the gym. It shows that he is a disciplined man in many aspects of his life.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. He dated a co-star

    He met his first romantic interest while working on “Black Ink Crew.”

  2. His boss is family

    Ceaser Emanuel, the owner of Black Ink Tattoo Studio, is Ruks' cousin.

  3. He is a sneakerhead

    Ruks has an impressive collection of sneakers, dress shoes, basketball shoes, and other footwear that he posts on his social network accounts.

  4. He supports his community

    Ruks is involved in hip-hop from a fan stance and as an artist, and he collaborates with RGLR LVNG, an independent music group and brand.

  5. He is a reserved man

    Despite being married since 2018 and being one of the stars of a reality show, no one knew about his wife or his marriage until he and Euni decided to make their relationship public.

Teddy Ruks FAQs

Did Teddy Ruks have children with Tati?

No, their short relationship ended abruptly after different rumors about Ruks having affairs with other women.

Does Teddy Ruks have children with Euni?

As of 2022, they have not clarified the rumors about an alleged child they have kept secret.

Is Teddy Ruks still tattooing?

Yes, you can schedule an appointment with him directly through his email.

Teddy Ruks’s birthday dates

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