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=
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
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.
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”
What is Reven…”REVEN was created by two friends from different backgrounds with one common goal – Step off of the trail and create a new path. At REVEN we believe in the process, the action of doing. Whether you’re creating a masterpiece or destroying barriers, it’s the process of achieving what you set out to do that matters. Stay Ready. Seek Truth. Press On.“My brother Brian Talbert is one of these “friends”. So this company is very close to home for me. So I wear REVEN with pride and respect. (His partner is pretty awesome also to say the least) Ive been so happy to see our friends all over the place supporting. With involvement and support from people like Rampage Jackson , Chris Garver , WellFED and CJ Wilson they cant lose. “Built on friendship” Now Go get some gear for yourself or for a christmas gift…Use my name “Luke” for a “discount code” on their site Reven100
My Friend Toby from H2O giving me a PMA (acronym for positive mental attitude; an emotional state of wellbeing) tattoo. This photo is great, but stay tuned and Im gonna post a short timelaps video of it going down asap. thanks Toby it means a lot homie. LYD Crew.
This Buddha head back piece is on my friend Eric started in San Diego at my shop Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor, it is about 9 hrs in with one more session to go. Id say were well on our way. Good job Eric for sitting so good and making my job easy. see you in a month or two or as soon as Im back in San Diego or your Back in Soho Nyc to finish my friend.
If you read my previous post on Freddy Corbin then you already know how highly I think of him. Here are the VBS Tattoo Age videos on Freddy that are well worth the watch. Do yourself a favor and take the time to view these.