Diego, Brian, and I chilling on the stoop at my work in Soho. I love when my family visits from California. It really makes my week. Thanks Brian (and D) for coming out to spend new years with me and start this year off right. Family First. =GPxPCxCSxLYDxBTSxLTDxILMTxGxPV=
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This one is a bit edgy with the upside down cross and stuff, but as you grow and go through life you learn to question the things that you may have been forced to believe as a youth. I wont get too deep in what I write here about this sheet. All I’ll say is I try to paint whats on my mind and in my heart. Seek truth.
(this is a 11″x14″ watercolor on Archer Paper)
GP is Family, a Crew, a Fellowship, and an understanding.
Made up mostly of quiet giants people you may have never heard of people who are constantly pushing independently, artistically and financially …Mostly fellas who have come from very humble beginnings and should never have made it as far as we have, dudes who have made it through the ghettos in which we were raised without being jailed or killed. And have made it beyond the traditional ghetto mentality … And instead of fighting over our blocks were fighting to buy our blocks…becoming owners not renters . Leaders not followers. Through any means… violently, politically, or poetically. Not just survive bit thrive. And when we roll though hoods we are protected because real recognizes real. Ghetto Protected. Were out to snatch fame from the lames…and chedder from the haters. And give game to our youngsters… So they can stop looking up to wanksters.
=G/P FAMILY= Welcomes Kiku
Although “Festivus” is somewhat officially celebrated on the 23rd I always think of it on christmas eve or christmas day. I always get a little weird on holidays due to the fact Im usually traveling abroad or living away from my family and some of my favorite people to be around, so “festivus” is a fun way for me to be a bit cynical abut the christmas holiday. Im a big Seinfeld fan and thats where I first heard of this silly holiday.
I met John Forte through a close mutual friend Aly, they grew up in the same part of Brooklyn New York together. Aly brought John in the Wooster Street Social Club tattoo shop in Soho a few months back, for me to do a tattoo on John’s forearm. We became friends from that point on.
John is very well known for co writing and producing several songs on the Fugees 1996 multi platinum Grammy winning album “The Score”. Then John went on to form Refugee Camp All Stars with Pras in 1997. And then embarked on a solo career in 1998.
John then ran into some serious legal problems that put him behind bars for about 7 years. Since then John has been playing, writing, and traveling the world doing and planing big things. Smarter now then ever with more experience and a clearer vision of success John is a force to be reckoned with. Its a honor to call him friend and I thank Aly for introducing us. “We will make it work”
Check out his newest video, shot here in NYC “Drift on”
Amanda Lopez is one of my favorite photographers from California. She is best known from shooting Latina homegirls, street musicians, and family members. Her work has been published in Vibe, XXL, The Reed Pages, Essance, and many other magazines and books.
Growing up in southern california myself around a prevalent Latino culture, Amanda’s photographs strike close to home and to the heart. My first love was a Latina and her family helped raised me for a length of time, I’ve consider myself fortunate to have been raised around the Mexican people and deep in their culture. I’ve learned alot about pride, hard work, honor, respect, and tradition from the Latinos I grew up around.
I found this old photo of Dave Gibson and I (back then we didn’t take many photos, no Iphones), Im not sure exactly but I think this was about 1998 at the original Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor on 7th street downtown San Diego California, where I started my tattoo career. I owe a lot to this man, more then I can express. Those early years I learned so much priceless information about all aspects of tattooing. It was the foundation of my livelihood.
Thank you Mr Dave Gibson I will always hold you in the highest regard and speak of you with the utmost respect, regardless of the nonsense that we have been through.
Your Tattoo and Fraternal brother,
Our Friend Ross Nagle will be stopping through our shop WSSC in Soho on his way to Oliver Peck’s shop in Dallas Texas Elm Street January 8-10th 2012. Come by and get a tattoo from him, he’s not only a super cool guy, he’s a great tattooist to get a piece from as well. check out this gallery below of some of his work here, and go to his blog to see more. Ross Nagle Limerick, Ireland, “Allstar Ink Tattoo”
My 66 Chevy Impala...I somewhat reluctantly bought her from one of my best friends Morgwn Pennypacker in Miami about 7 years ago…Since then this car and I have been through a lot together; cross country trips, a hurricane (Katrina), back yard repairs, countless breakdowns and a major break up. Over the years after tuns of break downs, I’ve thought about selling her multiple times…but after all we been through I can’t see parting ways anymore … so I’ve been doing a lot more to her lately thanks to a few good friends like Chuy (Back Yard Boogie) Bobby from The Worldwide Tribal Click and the homie Manuel Cisneros. Check out this photo gallery below of her.