Jay Z Picasso Baby has officially brought Hip Hop to a new place in society. This is truly history in the making. I’m happy to see that progressive people exist at the MOMA and at HBO, thank you for making this possible. My respect for Jay Z grows all the time. I have great respect for people who come from little and do much. Self Made. This video has been released on You Tube.
Found it ! So my brother Brian and our nephew Jake were in town the last few days, it was Jakes first time in NY and we were doing as much tourist things as possible. Also on the agenda was find the new September issue of “Freshly Inked Magazine” with my mug on the cover. We found it at the 3rd place we looked, a Barnes & Noble, they had a stack of five, so we decided to leave one. I don’t know if you ever had your face on the cover of a magazine at a book store or a newsstand, but let me tell you its a pretty great feeling. I’m very thankful and happy to see some fruits of my labor, I’m blessed. Thanks again to Freshly Inked mag for letting me wear a suit, thanks to all my friends who always support me and wish me well, I’m nothing without you guys. It makes me proud to make my friends proud. We are all self made.
My first real job was Beekeeping. So I was looking at the website of the amazing photographer David Yellen, the photographer who shot my Freshly Inked cover that just came out, and came across this beautiful photo that brought back so many memories. A special Thanks to David for really going above and beyond to make sure the Freshly Inked cover picture was legit. “No bees no honey, no work no money”
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.
The end of a era and the beginning of a new empire. On this day Tim and Brian came with me to clear out all my things from Luckys Tattoo Parlor in San Diego, where I learned how to tattoo (the original Dave Gibson’s Lucky’s tattoo parlor) and held a partnership with a very old friend for around 10 years.
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A great picture of the Wedge in Newport Beach that my friend Jason took during this big swell a week ago. If you don’t know about the Wedge, let me tell you it can be one of the most dangerous waves in the world at times.
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.
Deadbeat a kustom kulture magazine is running a great feature on me in their latest issue, issue #26. In Stores and on iTunes from June 1.
Deadbeat is a quarterly magazine featuring the best of the best in kustom kulture globally. The magazine features the best hot rods and customs, the most beautiful pin-ups, the coolest lowbrow artist, tattoo artist and bands.
Special thanks to my friend Sabina Kelly