For the past 3 years I’ve gone to my dear friend Padma Lakshmi’s Blossom Ball. This year I brought my lovely girlfriend Courtney. It was a great night for a great cause. I have someone in my family with Endometriosis so this charity hit close to home.
A few of the many hockey tattoos that were done at the Violent Gentleman booth this year at Musink. George Parros, candle, mask and roses, drop em gloves, and flash.
I had the great honor to spend the day with Horiyoshi 3 on his birthday in Yokohama last week. I consider that day an extremely important day that I won’t forget. I came up in tattooing in the 90’s before internet and google. We had books, magazines, and stories… Horiyoshi 3 was in all three of those things, so I knew of him from the beginning of my tattoo career. I am thankful for the friendships I have made along my lifes journey and I’m thankful that I keep making more. Thank You David, Yoshi, and Horiyoshi for your friendship.
I started writing a blog for Inked Mag’s online site called “The Gentlemen’s Voice” check monthly for new post.
Universal Pictures just released the NWA Straight Outta Compton trailer. I grew up in Southern California in the era of NWA – gangs and gangster rap were in my back yard. I can not wait to see this movie, incredible soundtrack guaranteed.
I had the pleasure of traveling with my good friends H2O to Sao Paulo Brasil this past weekend. Spent some time at my friend Mauro Landim’s shop, hung with one of my favorite people/tattooers Maneko, and watched my dear friends rock a sell out show full of old and new fans. Perfect trip (except American Airlines, don’t fly them)
Talib Kweli in my second round Self Made Dues Paid hat I made with my friend Travis Barker / Famous. I’ve met Talib a few times over the years, one time I was accidentally on stage with him I’m Hollywood while I was watching my man Mitchy Slick preform, when Mitchy was on Blacksmith, the other time a mutual friend introduced us in NY. Talib is on my top 10 if not my top 5…so you can guess I was pretty stoked to see him in one of my hats in a city I have deep roots with. Chi town. Thanks to Kater Jayne for this great pic from the show at the Shrine last night. Respect