So for the time being my good friend Tommy Montoya comes back and forth from California to NY every month. I look forward to the time he is here at Wooster Street Social Club every month, as the shops energy goes through the roof and the shop feels more like a tattoo shop and less like the set of a reality tv show. Tommy usually brings his brother Mikey Montoya with him, its those times that get me though the mundane flow of over excited and under educated tattoo/reality fans daily assault on our shop. Love when your here Montoyas. Cali love. GPF CS
When I was in Germany last week I had the pleasure of spending some time with my dear friends Nancy and Marco. Also meeting their friend Robin de Goede, who took these really great photos. *the hands in the one photo, are Nancy’s and I got to do a very special tattoo on one of them “Bratt Pack” in honor of her special relationship between Marco Bratt and herself. Im honored to have done this tattoo and to call both of them friends.
Here is a throwback picture of me tattooing my friend from LA, 2MEX. Alex aka 2MEX is a LA underground hip hop legend. With over 20 years in the hip hop game, 2MEX is a force to be reckoned with. Some of his most known affiliates include; The Visionaries, Of Mexican Decent, Sungodsun, Afterlife, The Shapeshifters, and the Look Daggers to name a few. 2MEX and my dear friend Courtney aka Existstereo payed me a visit that day while on tour, and that was a nice surprise. I truly am blessed with some great friends. Much respect Alex.
Positive mental attitude!
Look in my eyes
Tell me what you see
No trace of ignorance
Inside of me
Free from guilt
Proud of the friendships
That I’ve built
Think positive PMA!
Live positive PMA!
Act positive PMA!
Positive mental attitude!
So I have been waiting to do a little post on my art show at Max Fish last week , but wanted to gather some photos that were taken by friends that night.
I didn’t move to New York with plans of having an art show, I moved here to tattoo at “Wooster Street” aka NY INK, and try to grow as a person and a artist in search of new adventures and opportunities. Having said that Max Fish was the only place I would have had an art show, the place just felt right from the beginning, Max Fish just has good mojo, and its my understanding that its hard to get one there, so it all working out the way it did, I just have to say, it was meant to be. I am so humbled by the love and support all my new NYC family showed me, coming out and showing so much love and support. Not being from New York, only spending less then a year here, and having such a amazing turn out, it almost makes my eyes water, almost. Thank you all who came out I am honored by your support and friendships.
Here is some photos from friends that night, and a few new paintings.
PS : A special thanks to my family members Rob, Brian, and Diana for coming out just for the show, I love you guys. And Aly, I love you too brother.
…on to the next project
Ami was doing this small “pop up” event in the Empire hotel across from the Lincoln Center during this months “Fashion Week” or as I like to call it “Fashion Weak” Ami invited me to do a little tattooing with him there. Im a single man these days and I never get tired of being surrounded by super models, who are partaking in fashion weak events such as this one all over New York City, also its nice to get off Wooster street for a change. Thanks Ami #FTM
I did a couple tattoos. The first one was on Joshua David Stein the newly appointed editor and chief for Blackbook. I found Joshua to be very pleasant, and for the sake of the tattoo, very easy going. He has been tattooed by a few tattooers that I admire, so it was a pleasure to add a small piece to his collection. Its always great to share a canvas with your peers. Thanks Joshua, Pleasure to meet you and good luck with your new job.
The second was on the lovely Neon Hitch (her real name rivals my older brothers, Eventide for uniqueness) We actually started at the Empire Hotel but do to chaos and time, we hopped a cab down to 43 wooster street “Ny Ink” to finish up in peace. Although the tattoos I did on her were small they were very meaningful and it was cool spending some time with such a Og Gypsy like Neon.
Nice meeting you Neon, best of luck in the music business, and safe travels about. #green
Here is a great video from you tube, of my dear friend Tim Hendricks in his machine shop. I am proud to have in my collection a few hand made Tim Hendricks tattoo machines. I use a Tim Hendricks machine at least twice a day.
One of the things about a tattoo machine that I value the most is what I call the “mojo” of the machine (the soul that is put into it by the builder). Every machine has a little bit of its own; “mojo”, where it came from, the style of the frame, the time it was being built, who was in the room, the engraving on the machine, the wraps of the coils, all these little things give a tattoo machine something special. If your a tattooer and you don’t have a Tim Hendricks tattoo machine, your kinda missing out on some good shit, seen and unseen. If you know Tim even half as well as I know Tim, you know that he really knows his shit when it comes to a tattoo machine, also he’s one of the best natured people I know. Get some of that “mojo” you wont be sorry. Tattoo machines made with intelligence, heart and soul. website> SaltwaterTattoo.com twitter> @saltwatertattoo
Thank you Tim for making some of the tools I can make a living with. And being a true friend. C/S
One of the things I have always loved about tattooing is the broad reach of friendships among the artist. And the you never know what the day might hold feeling I wake up with. Today Hank Schiffmacher “Hanky Panky” and his lovely wife Louise stop in on their way to the Philadelphia tattoo convention. What a pleasant surprise. I just seen them in Amsterdam a couple months ago for Hanks Grand opening of the “Amsterdam Tattoo Museum” where I was honored to lend a hand during the pre opening prep work , along side friends like Juan Puente, Tommy the truth, Dan Dringenburg, Duggie Mitts, and Filip Lou. check out the Museum here > “ATM”
Tattooing has given me so much, especially intangible friendships, old and new. Build your friendship on solid ground, and they will last forever.