I was pleasantly surprised yesterday with a sneak peak of the September issue of Freshly Inked Magazine, set the hit stands next week. I am very pleased with the picture, and honored to be on the cover.
I always joke that the fashion world has shown more love then my own industry, and then this cover happened out of the blue. But I’ve always said “I don’t represent tattooing, and tattooers…I represent myself, my friends, my family, and hard work” Life is more about personal relationship, then a culture or a career. Be good to people and good things happen.
One of my favorite smooth Nas songs of the past. I love Nas and his ability to tell story though his music better then most. A flow put together to make art that only some understand. Rhythm And Poetry (RAP)
I am Super proud to announce that One Life One Chance and Beats By Dre have teamed up for a limited head phone release on Friday June 21st at their Soho NYC store. Toby and some of us friends (including myself) will be picking the winning raffle tickets of the head phones that we are raffling off. Also Baby Cakes NYC will be there with some tasty treats (vegan) Come meet us and check out the Beats By Dre store, its gonna be a very cool events, with some surprise guests. PMA all day.
This year my dear friend Tim Hendricks and I will be working together again at the Ink n’ Iron in Long Beach on the Queen Mary. Tim and I will be doing some tattooing, saying hi to friends, and selling some of the things we sell. I will also be releasing the Rose Book that I have been working on for the last year. Please stop by and say hello, will see you guys there.
Tupac is one of the reasons I feel in love with Hip Hop/RAP in the early ’90. I grew up in the struggle he spoke about, shit I identified with directly. 3 mins in on this video, on the real, aside from details of color obviously. “a hell of a job, to have to build and empire for your family” RIP Tupac Self Made Dues Paying
I like to follow people on Instagram for a few reasons: If they are one my dear friends, I want to see what is going on with their lives, constant pictures of their dog, dinner, baby, it doesn’t matter because they are a dear friend I love anything from them. Now everyone else… I like beautiful pictures, people, places, or things. I like creative captures, interesting and witty. I like beautiful women with tasteful pictures. I like cool quotes. I like good tattoos. Stuff like that. I’m just gonna do 5 this month, and do some more of my favorite’s and why later.
Here is my list of some of the best people to follow on Instagram, not necessarily this order.
1.timhendricks – Great tattooer, one of the best in the world. Pictures of black and grey tattoos, but does color tattoos perfectly also. Great human. Very dear friend. (552/132k/675)
2.xmanoelxnetox – One of my favorite people in the world, positive hardcore, straight edge, vegan, gentleman, and such a amazing tattoo artist, black and gray gangster or traditional. Super Pma from Brasilia. Dear Friend. (1386/6873/166)
3.tobymorse - The best example of a human, husband, father, friend, singer (H2O) Pma, straight edge, vegan. Cool photos from at home and on tour all over the world, A lot of musicians and Nikes, also pics from schools where he speaks to youth about positive living (onelifeonechance.com) (1465/13k/82)
4.iviwolf – This woman has such a nice visual eye for a classy picture. To me, her photos are a great representation of a classy lady. I like classy ladies. Great architecture, interiors, fashion and nyc photos. I don’t know her personally, although we did have a semi awkward/pleasant bump into each other meeting once as I was walking out of a store and she was walking in at the same time, we exchange pleasantries and went on our way. (4215/1461/223)
5.jasonnorton- Norton is a dear friend and is a very unique individual, with a great sense of humor, kind of his own brand of humor that grows on you the longer you know him. Amazing photos that are off from the “norm” perhaps best know for his Intersection photos. Also bull riding photos. (1243/1163/471)
From Left to right Lindsey Carmichael, Chris Stuart, Dan Smith, Tim Hendricks …I am very proud to call this group of gentleman friends and fellow tattooers.
Dan Smith and I at the opening of his Captured Tattoo Parlor